NPR Slingshot artist Jade Bird dazzled with her confident 2017 debut EP, Something American. Her boisterous cover of Johnny Cash's "I've Been Everywhere" is a joy, and for #FUVEssentials, she rounded up her "Five Essential Johnny Cash Songs."
Jade Bird (photo by Francesca Allen, PR)
Last year, NPR Music, VuHaus and public radio stations around the country kicked off Slingshot, a collective effort to elevate exceptional emerging artists. The inaugural class of the project included Big Thief, Jamila Woods and Lo Moon. This year, Slingshot has 20 artists to introduce you to, with more to come.
Slingshot: Public radio’s emerging artist spotlight is back (and bigger) in 2018. (image courtesy of NPR Music)
The Bedouin are a Middle Eastern nomadic people of the desert. Though not technically a Bedouin, the artist Azniv Korkejian, who records as Bedouine, began her life in Syria, then Saudi Arabia, before her Armenian parents won a green card lottery and moved to the United States.
Bedouine at WFUV (photo by Kristen Riffert)
Social and communal aspects are among the most treasured elements of record stores. Being surrounded by wax and flipping through the bins, while exchanging remarks with friends and strangers, is an endangered but not extinct pastime. I recently had the chance to do so while shopping at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn with Holiday Cheer and Slingshot artist Lo Moon.
Lo Moon shopping with WFUV's Eric Holland at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. (photo by Gus Philippas)