Roots Music

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

Mavis Staples joined the Band on “The Weight” after their famous ‘Last Waltz’ concert on Thanksgiving 1976 – and something amazing happened.

Farewell Milwaukee – FM (2016)

Farewell Milwaukee – FM (2016)

Even at 13 tracks, the gorgeous ‘FM’ almost seems too short. Farewell Milwaukee always leaves you wanting more.

Blackberry Smoke, “Waiting on the Thunder” from Like an Arrow (2016): One Track Mind

Blackberry Smoke, “Waiting on the Thunder” from Like an Arrow (2016): One Track Mind

Blackberry Smoke’s last album needed a little more grit. If “Waiting for the Thunder” is any indication, maybe we’ll get some of that back.

Steven Tyler – We’re All Somebody From Somewhere (2016)

Steven Tyler – We’re All Somebody From Somewhere (2016)

I wasn’t going to listen to Steven Tyler’s new country-influenced album, but I’m such an Aerosmith fanboy that I unfortunately just couldn’t resist.

Unreleased Songs by Bob Dylan: Gimme Five

Unreleased Songs by Bob Dylan: Gimme Five

Let’s start a conversation about how the addition of just one more song might have changed the fate of several Bob Dylan albums.

The Beatles, “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

“I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” reveals the Beatles’ country and rockabilly roots, even as it foreshadows – like much of ‘Beatles for Sale’ – the musical changes to come.

Xander and the Peace Pirates, “Soul Sailing” (2016): One Track Mind

Xander and the Peace Pirates, “Soul Sailing” (2016): One Track Mind

Xander the Peace Pirates’ “Soul Sailing” combines the powerfully soulful vocals with expressive and road weary yet expressive slide guitar playing.

Meeting Ronnie Hawkins changed everything for the Band’s Rick Danko: ‘Might be a big career’

Meeting Ronnie Hawkins changed everything for the Band’s Rick Danko: ‘Might be a big career’

On the sad anniversary of his Dec. 10, 1999 passing, we remember Rick Danko’s journey toward membership in the Band.

John Oates has never abandoned Hall and Oates’ classic Luncheonette: ‘The best album we ever made’

John Oates has never abandoned Hall and Oates’ classic Luncheonette: ‘The best album we ever made’

The rootsy realism of Hall and Oates’ ‘Abandoned Luncheonette,’ released on Nov. 3, 1973, is a source of inspiration for John Oates, too.

Grupo Fantasma – Problemas (2015)

Grupo Fantasma – Problemas (2015)

With ‘Problemas,’ Grupo Fantasma continues to seamlessly blend Latin, funk and rock in a manner which is distinctively their own.