Roots Music

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

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

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ critics always say, was no ‘Big Pink.’ As Richard Manuel gleefully crows through ‘Saved,’ you realize it wasn’t meant to be.

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars seemed to come together through happenstance. Unfortunately, they went their separate ways in a similarly random way.

Los Lobos, “Gates of Gold” from Gates of Gold (2015): One Track Mind

Los Lobos, “Gates of Gold” from Gates of Gold (2015): One Track Mind

The best songs speak to us as individuals, allowing us to find answers for ourselves. Los Lobos’ “Gates of Gold” is one of those songs.

Joaquin Sabina, “Palabras Como Cuerpos” from Inventario (1978): One Track Mind

Joaquin Sabina, “Palabras Como Cuerpos” from Inventario (1978): One Track Mind

With “Palabras Como Cuerpos,” Joaquin Sabina seems to take Phil Ochs’ motto to heart, realizing that in such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty.

Keith Richards, “Trouble” from Crosseyed Heart (2015): One Track Mind

Keith Richards, “Trouble” from Crosseyed Heart (2015): One Track Mind

Like the best of his Rolling Stones-rejuvenating late ’80s solo work, this new Keith Richards song comes off like a loose, late-night aside.

Rick Danko, “Times Like These” from Times Like These (2000): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko, “Times Like These” from Times Like These (2000): Across the Great Divide

When Rick Danko’s posthumous “Times Like These” ends, it’s like coming awake again after a beautiful – if powerfully sad – reverie.

Exploring deep cuts from the Band’s Music from Big Pink: Gimme Five

Exploring deep cuts from the Band’s Music from Big Pink: Gimme Five

Released on July 1, 1968, ‘Music from Big Pink’ included several famous cuts that defined the Band’s legacy forever. We discuss some lesser-known favorites.

Novalima's new album, Planetario, is out now.

Novalima – Planetario (2015)

‘Planetario’ may be Novalima’s most accessible release to date, but the Afro-Peruvian electronica group still packs quite a wallop.

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

“Don’t Ya Tell Henry,” released 40 years ago this month on ‘The Basement Tapes,’ illustrates how Bob Dylan and the Band pushed each other to greatness.

Warren Haynes, “Common Man” from Ashes and Dust (2015): One Track Mind

Warren Haynes, “Common Man” from Ashes and Dust (2015): One Track Mind

Warren Haynes’ “Common Man” is just what you want from a collaborative effort like this, something that shines a new light on a long-treasured figure.