Roots Music

Robbie Robertson, “Broken Arrow” from Robbie Robertson (1987): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, “Broken Arrow” from Robbie Robertson (1987): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson’s willingness to speak from the heart gave moments like ‘Broken Arrow’ a new resonance.

Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975): One Track Mind

This song is for Bob Dylan’s Seventies what “Like a Rolling Stone” was for his Sixties: a farewell.

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

In reanimating age-old songs like “Ain’t No More Cane,” Bob Dylan and the Band began a journey toward undiscovered new vistas.

The Band, “The Great Pretender” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The Great Pretender” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

This isn’t the broken-down Richard Manuel of lore. Instead, the Band’s lost legend sings ‘The Great Pretender’ with a palpable hunger.

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

Robbie Robertson’s son set out to reshape his father’s life as a children’s tale. He ended up with something that will resonate with everyone.

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams’ ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’ is an expection to the rule of double albums being full of filler. This one is all killer.

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Dress It Up, Better Have It All” (2014): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Dress It Up, Better Have It All” (2014): One Track Mind

We review a previously unheard, chin-wagging find from Bob Dylan and the Band’s forthcoming ‘Basement Tapes Complete.’

Jerry Garcia, “They Love Each Other” from GarciaLive Volume Five (2014): One Track Mind

Jerry Garcia, “They Love Each Other” from GarciaLive Volume Five (2014): One Track Mind

Jerry Garcia returns to the Grateful Dead staple “They Love Each Other” on a new archival release – and we hear this song again, as it once was.

The Band, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s fun run through Allen Toussaint’s soul-lifting “You See Me” underscored an often-forgotten portion of their inestimable legacy.

Kami Thompson, “Careful” from Family (2014): One Track Mind

Kami Thompson, “Careful” from Family (2014): One Track Mind

Kami Thompson leads the Thompson family band through a country-pop romp called “Careful.”