Five Essential Songs
It might be a long way from Denver to Dublin, but there's a strong bond between the Lumineers and U2. In 2017, the Lumineers opened for the Irish quartet, this week's FUV Essentials, on the spring Stateside leg of their tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree. Given his special vantage point, we asked the Lumineers' drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah Fraites if he might weigh in with his "Five Essential U2 Songs" for FUV Essentials.
The Lumineers, left to right: Jeremiah Fraites, Wesley Schultz and Neyla Pekarek (photo by Big Hassle, PR)
Longtime fans of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and his former band, the Black Crowes, know that Chuck Berry, this week's FUV Essentials artist, looms large in Robinson's wheelhouse of beloved influences. For FUV Essentials, Robinson wrote up his "Five Essential Chuck Berry Songs" — or as he says, "the stuff of rock 'n' roll dreams!"
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, left to right: Tony Leone, Jeff Hill, Chris Robinson, Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall (photo by Jay Blakesberg, PR)
Remember hearing the band that changed your life for the first time? Nada Surf's singer and guitarist Matthew Caws does. For his "Five Essential Pixies Songs," Caws not only cobbled together a list of the Pixies songs he loves, but the B-sides, live shows, and bonus tracks that that rocked his world. After reading Caws' eloquent dissection of Pixies' "Bone Machine," you'll never hear the song in the same way again.
Nada Surf's (L to R) Ira Elliot, Daniel Lorca, Matthew Caws, and Doug Gillard (photo by Bernie Dechant, PR)
Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin covered the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday" on 2016's Colvin & Earle and Earle has famously crooned "Dead Flowers" too. Given the Rolling Stones' affection for country music over the years, we asked Earle, who also deftly crosses between rock and country, if he'd mind coming up with a list of his "Five Essential Rolling Stones Songs."
Steve Earle (photo by Chad Batka, PR)
Tommy Stinson, of the Replacements and Bash & Pop, has always loved the Rolling Stones, this week's FUV Essentials. Since Stinson has an upcoming concert at Brooklyn's The Bell House with Bash & Pop on May 18, it seemed a perfect time to ask him about his "Five Essential Rolling Stones Songs."
Tommy Stinson (photo by Steve Cohen, PR)
Trombone Shorty, the New Orleans musician and producer Troy Andrews, toured with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Hall & Oates in 2016. Andrews' choices of "Five Essential Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Songs" are his memories of that life-affirming time.
Trombone Shorty (photo by Mathieu Bitton, PR)
The partnership of friends Aimee Mann and Ted Leo as The Both is one of the best things to ever come out of Twitter: the two pals maintained a long-distance connection over clever tweets (and hashtags) and eventually toured together, supporting their solo albums. At some point on the road, in the wilderness of Milwaukee, they decided to write songs together too. Leo has written an affectionate assessment of his "Five Essential Aimee Mann Songs" for FUV Essentials (but since it's impossible to choose only five, he slipped in a few more too).
Ted Leo (photo by Matias Corral, PR)
When the Alabama-bred, mostly Georgia-based Drive-By Truckers were recording 2016's American Band, a candid assessment of contemporary issues drawn from a Southern perspective, they looked to a London band, the Clash, for inspiration and guidance. So for FUV Essentials, we asked frontman Patterson Hood to write about the band that has profoundly influenced him.
Drive-By Truckers with Patterson Hood in the foreground (photo by Danny Clinch, PR)