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David Gray - FUV Live - 2014

by Rita Houston

With Mutineers, David Gray returns with his tenth studio album and his first album in four years. While writing the new material, he was persuaded by his producer, Andy Barlow, to leave his songwriting comfort zone. He avoided using old demos or templates and instead channeled inspiration spontaneously while in the studio. We recently featured Mutineers as FUV's New Dig, and David also stopped by Studio A to perform some of the new material and to talk with me about the new songs.

Bernhoft - FUV Live - 2014

by Rita Houston

Over the past few years, this Norwegian artist has been making a name for himself as a one man band, retro soul act. In modern day fashion, Bernhoft's big break came from a YouTube video of his song "C'mon Talk" going viral. That success led to appearances on talk shows and bookings at SXSW, where the buzz continued to build. Bernhoft has now released third full-length album, Islander, and he recently stopped by Studio A to play us some of his songs and to talk with me about the new album.

Ben Watt - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

With a music career spanning over three decades, Ben Watt might be best known as half of the influential folk-turned-electronic duo Everything But The Girl, but he's accomplished far more over the years. After Watt and his longtime partner (later wife) Tracey Thorn decided to move on from Everything But The Girl to focus on family and solo projects, Watt founded the dance and house label Buzzin' Fly and toured the world as a club DJ. Most recently, he published his second memoir, Romany and Tom, a heartbreaking, empathetic but steely-eyed study of his parents, a jazz musician and a journalist. Also, after a gap of over 30 years since his own 1981 debut, North Marine Drive, Watt has released another solo album, Hendra, working with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and producer Ewan Pearson. Watt and Butler recently stopped by Studio A to perform songs from Hendra and they discussed the album, Ben's memoir and the emotional bridge between the two. 
 

Candi Staton - FUV Live - 2014

by Rita Houston

Although often labeled as an American soul artist, Candi Staton has released music in several different genres including gospel, blues and disco throughout her career, which began in the '60s. She’s just released her 27th album, Life Happens, and Staton described it as an anthology of her life. Although the new songs reflect on her past, she still aims to move forward, continuing to tour around the world even at 74 years old. Staton recently stopped by Studio A to perform some of the new songs and to talk with me about the new record and her long career.

Eels - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

Eels is fronted by prolific singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, who is better known as E. Over the years he has gained a reputation for telling colorful stories through his lyrics, but rarely singing about himself or his own experiences. On the new album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, E gets personal and honest, writing songs that share his life story as well as his plans for the future. Recently, E and two of his bandmates stopped by Studio A to perform some of the new songs and to talk with me about the latest release.

Nikki Lane - FUV Live at Electric Lady Studios - 2014

by Rita Houston

On this episode of FUV Live, we head to Electric Lady Studios for a performance by Nashville-based Nikki Lane. She and her band performed a live set featuring songs from her Dan Auerbach-produced sophomore album, All Or Nothin'. I also had the chance to talk with Nikki about her musical path, which included some time spent in New York City.

Natalie Merchant - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt
Natalie Merchant photo by Dan Winters

Natalie Merchant's sixth solo album is her first record of original lyrics and music in thirteen years, but she certainly hasn't been resting on her laurels. Since her album Motherland, Natalie has released a double album of adapted poetry called Leave Your Sleep as well as an album of traditional folk songs called The House Carpenter’s Daughter. She has also been very involved in the anti-fracking fight, made a movie about domestic violence, worked with the NY State Council on the Arts and had a child. All the while, she was collecting songs for her new self-titled release.

Bob Mould - FUV Live - 2014

by Russ Borris

Bon Mould is considered one of the most influential songwriters of the past few decades, and the music he made with with Hüsker Dü and Sugar inspired bands like The Pixies and Nirvana. On June 3rd of this year, Mould returned with his 10th solo album, Beauty & Ruin, and the energetic yet melancholy songs feature universal subject matter from loss to acceptance. Mould recently stopped by Studio A to play some of the new material, and he spoke with me about his songwriting process and his methods of maintaining longevity in the music business.

Mary Fahl - Sunday Breakfast - 2014

by John Platt
Jeremy Rainer

Blessed with "a voice for the gods," Rockland County native Mary Fahl came to fame in the 1990's as the lead singer of the art rock band, the October Project. Although she parted ways with them nearly two decades ago, she acknowledges how that period shaped her as a performer, and she still performs some of their songs, along with her originals and covers. In this Sunday Breakfast session we get to hear her sublime singing, backed by a first-rate band.