WFUV Announces Holiday Cheer for FUV Benefit Concert 2018

WFUV Announces Holiday Cheer for FUV Benefit Concert 2018

New York's station for music discovery, is pleased to announce that John Prine, The Lone Bellow, and Shannon Shaw will perform at the 14th annual Holiday Cheer for FUV concert, at the Beacon Theatre on Monday, December 3, at 8p.m. Tickets for the concert, which benefits the public radio station, will go on general sale on Friday, September 28, at 10a.m. through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster Charge By Phone (1-866-858-0008), all Ticketmaster Outlets and www.beacontheatre.com.

"John Prine has released one of the most meaningful albums of the year with The Tree of Forgiveness," says WFUV program director Rita Houston. "So it's perfect that he'll play the Beacon Theatre for the FUV benefit at the end of what's been an amazing 2018 for this legendary songwriter. The Lone Bellow, longtime FUV favorites, will bring their remarkable, emotional power to their set, as they always do. And this year, the 'wild card slot' goes to Shannon Shaw. Her Tennessee-bred album, Shannon in Nashville, is absolutely elegant and she's sure to win many new fans at Cheer."

About the Artists:

The tattered, tender, and tough characters that amble through John Prine's classic songs, like "Angel from Montgomery" or "Sam Stone," are crafted with empathy and care-much like the humble musician who first conjured them years ago. One of this country's most gifted and influential songwriters, the Chicago-born Prine's many admirers and friends span generations, like Bonnie Raitt, Margo Price, Kris Kristofferson, Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, and Joe Henry. A late bloomer, Prine's backstory is as richly colorful as his lyrics, a testament to his indomitable spirit and drive. He's conquered cancer twice with steely determination, most recently in 2013. In fact, that reckoning with mortality drives his latest album, The Tree of Forgiveness, Prine's first album of original material in 13 years, produced by Nashville's Dave Cobb. It's a brilliant collection of songs that revels in the grandeur and grace of an ordinary life, touched with wonderment, wit, and Prine's always-perceptive insight.

Although they left New York for Nashville to record their new album, Walk Into A Storm, Zach Williams, Kanene Donehey Pipkin, and Brian Elmquist of The Lone Bellow haven't lost a bit of the Brooklyn moxie that first enchanted Rita Houston and WFUV back in 2012, when the band taped their first radio interview ever at the station. The members of the Lone Bellow are all Holiday Cheer alumni too; the trio played FUV's benefit back in 2014 with Conor Oberst and friends. For the Lone Bellow's 2018 return to the Beacon Theatre, Williams, Pipkin and Elmquist will draw from songs found on their stirring third album, Walk Into a Storm, produced by Dave Cobb (who also helmed John Prine's new album). The Lone Bellow's latest release reflects resilience and recovery-a yearning tide tugs at tracks like the rousing "Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy" and the lonesome sway of "Come Break My Heart Again." Nominated as Group of the Year at the 2015 Americana Music Honors & Awards, the Lone Bellow will always be hometown favorites in New York, no matter where they live.

A tour de force singer with swagger, Shannon Shaw might be best known for fronting Oakland's audacious garage rockers Shannon and the Clams. But that's changing, thanks to her charismatic solo debut, 2018's Shannon in Nashville. Working with producer (and enthusiastic fan) Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys at his Easy Eye Sound studio, Shaw's powerhouse belt and sharp, heart-on-her-sleeve songwriting is buoyed on this Sixties-sweetened album by storied session musicians in Auerbach's Easy Eye band, a few who even played with Elvis Presley. The result is raucous, thrilling, and empowering-which neatly describes Shaw herself.

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