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FUV Essentials

There are many variables that determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history, discography — and WFUV takes a deeper look with FUV Essentials. On-air and online, we celebrate musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack. Let’s love these artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Jimi Hendrix

A first-time immersion into the ecstatic sound orgy that is the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland is an excursion to rock 'n' roll nirvana. As the 50th anniversary of the album approaches, Hendrix is this week's FUV Essentials artist.

Cat Power

There's as much myth as veracity that guides the legacy of Cat Power, the feral and fierce moniker of singer and songwriter Chan Marshall. As she releases her tenth album, Wanderer, we're honoring this late night consoler of the lonely and sculptor of intimate masterpieces as an FUV Essentials artist.

John Prine

In April 2018, John Prine released his first album of new, original compositions in 13 years, The Tree of Forgiveness. It is an elegant, insightful album that revels in the bountiful simplicity of daily life, the grandeur of the ordinary, and gratitude for surviving some pretty dark times.

Villagers: Five Essential Paul Simon Songs

As fate would have it, Villagers' Conor O'Brien's new album, The Art of Pretending to Swim, comes out the very week that Paul Simon plays his final live shows before retiring from touring.  O'Brien, who deeply admires Simon and saw the "Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour" in Amsterdam, writes about his "Five Essential Paul Simon Songs" for FUV.