Roots Music

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.”

Rhiannon Giddens, “Spanish Mary” from The New Basement Tapes: One Track Mind

Rhiannon Giddens, “Spanish Mary” from The New Basement Tapes: One Track Mind

‘The New Basement Tapes’ finally live up to their dizzying promise with Rhiannon Giddens’ darkly contoured reading of “Spanish Mary.”

Luke Reynolds, “Just a Little Further” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Luke Reynolds, “Just a Little Further” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Luke Reynolds returns with a funky Memphis shuffle boasting both a hint of J.J. Cale and a dash of Mark Knopfler.

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Lo and Behold” (2014): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Lo and Behold” (2014): One Track Mind

We review the initial take on Bob Dylan and the Band’s “Lo and Behold,” when the song was still loose and not quite fully formed.

The Band, “The River Hymn” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The River Hymn” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

“The River Hymn” tries to answer questions raised on the Band’s ‘Cahoots,’ offering one of Levon Helm’s prettiest vocals along the way.