FUV Essentials, both on-air and online, celebrates the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years, examining their impact, influence and discography. If you frequently drive down New Jersey's Garden State Parkway, you know that Exit 102 leads you to Asbury Park, a seaside city with a name that still resonates like a classic rock anthem—thanks to Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce Springsteen (illustration by Dan Springer)
As frontman of New Jersey's own Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon knows something about the rock and roll heritage of his home state—and Bruce Springsteen. Fallon's fine solo debut, Painkillers, sets him off in a slightly different direction, a journey that he discussed on FUV Live when he recently visited. We asked him if he'd also write about his Five Essential Bruce Springsteen Albums and he quickly agreed.
Brian Fallon (photo by Danny Clinch, PR)
In the midst of a sold-out, two-night stand at New York City's Beacon Theatre, Bonnie Raitt sat down for a talk with me backstage. Always energetic, positive and engaged, Bonnie Raitt is a dream interview (and also one of our FUV Essentials).
Bonnie Raitt (photo by Marina Chavez)
Before joining forces with her husband Derek Trucks, the Boston-born Susan Tedeschi was also on her own as a solo performer, nominated back in 2000 for a Best New Artist Grammy, opened for the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and B.B. King, and studied the transcendent and spirited blues styles of guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and one of her major influences, FUV Essentials artist, Bonnie Raitt. While on a short tour of Japan this spring, Tedeschi emailed FUV her choices of Five Essential Bonnie Raitt Albums.
Derek Trucks with Susan Tedeschi (courtesy of Concord Music, PR)
FUV Essentials, both on-air and online, celebrates the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years, examining their impact, influence and discography. As a deep blues doyenne, a master guitarist, and owner of one of the most heartbreaking, wistful voices to command a breakup ballad or ballsy rocker, Bonnie Raitt is an indomitable force.
Bonnie Raitt (illustration by Dan Springer)
Garrett Borns, who records as BØRNS, has covered David Bowie's 'Moonage Daydream' extensively in his live sets—a supple, tender take on that song from 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.' So when we asked Garrett if he'd compile his 'Five Essential David Bowie Albums' for us, we weren't surprised to find that album in his top five picks.
BØRNS, aka Garrett Borns (photo by Lauren Dukoff, PR)
Producer, engineer and archivist Steve Rosenthal sadly had to close his 28-year-old recording studio, The Magic Shop, earlier in March 2016, falling prey to voracious New York rents. David Bowie recorded his last two albums at The Magic Shop, The Next Day and Blackstar. We reached out to Steve and asked if he'd write about his Five Essential David Bowie Albums as we celebrate Bowie as our first FUV Essential artist.
Photo of David Bowie by Jimmy King and photo of Steve Rosenthal by Brian Silak (photos courtesy of Steve Rosenthal).