Various Artists - City Folk Live 8 (WFUV)

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WFUV is one of New York City's best stations for fans of Folk music and similar genres. Their support of singer/songwriters, alt.country bands, and innovative artists across the spectrum shows on their newest collection of songs by some of the best artists in folk, folk-rock, alt.country, and independent rock.

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Pros
  • Patti Smith "Cash"
  • Mary Gauthier "I Drink"
  • Erin McKeown "You Were Right About Everything"


  • Brazilian Girls "Corner Store"

Cons
  • You can't get it in stores - it's only available from WFUV

Description
  • A great line-up of folk singer/songwriters, alt.country bands, and indie rockers.
  • Features players across genre lines, from Patti Smith to Son Volt to Moby.
  • Unfortunately, it's only available from the radio station.

Guide Review - Various Artists - City Folk Live 8 (WFUV)

The line-up really speaks for itself. This CD features Ray LaMontagne, Patti Smith, Son Volt, Mary Gauthier, Jack Johnson, Paul Well, Nanci Griffith, Amos Lee, Moby, The Wallflowers, Phoenix, Keane, Minnie Driver, M. Ward, Erin McKeown, Ben Lee, David Johansen, Brazilian Girls, and the Neville Brothers.

If that?s not enough to make you drool, you should know that this CD was compiled by one of the best radio stations in the country. If you don?t live in the New York City area, you can stream WFUV live, or just learn more about the station here. If you?re among the hundreds of thousands of supporters of WFUV, chances are you tuned in during the week following Halloween, when the station was engaging in its annual fundraising drive.

And you may have heard them mention they were giving away copies of their eighth compilation CD, appropriately named, City Folk Live 8.

It?s a great record. The only way it could be any better was if it included tracks from Neil Young and Ani Difranco. They?re really the only stupendous folk artists left out of this compilation; but if they were included, the CD could quite possibly explode out of sheer hotness. As it is, it?s able to maintain its form, which helps when you?re trying to get it to play on your car stereo.

Every single song is excellent. They?re ordered so smoothly, only excellent DJs would be capable of coming up with this lineup. It?s too bad the only way to get it is from WFUV.

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