Roots Music

‘Man, you can’t do that': Steve Cropper made one of his biggest career decisions in the bathroom

‘Man, you can’t do that': Steve Cropper made one of his biggest career decisions in the bathroom

Inspiration, it seems, hits artists at the strangest times.

Across the Great Divide: Rick Danko, “What a Town” from Rick Danko (1977)

Across the Great Divide: Rick Danko, “What a Town” from Rick Danko (1977)

Danko carries this song, as he could most any, by sheer force of exuberance.

One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

Both the singer and the song are revitalized here.

Willow Willow – Listening To Music (2014)

Willow Willow – Listening To Music (2014)

This makes you remember why you enjoy music in the first place.

Loudon Wainwright III – Haven’t Got The Blues [Yet] (2014)

Loudon Wainwright III – Haven’t Got The Blues [Yet] (2014)

He talks the language of those his age, but in a way that transcends eras.

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “Magnolia” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “Magnolia” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

A perfectly calibrated tribute, one full of broken Stonesy grandeur.

Deep Beatles: “Things We Said Today” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Deep Beatles: “Things We Said Today” from A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

We hear hints of their impending musical evolution into Beatles 2.0.

Across the Great Divide: Robbie Robertson, “He Don’t Live Here No More” (2011)

Across the Great Divide: Robbie Robertson, “He Don’t Live Here No More” (2011)

A searing rebuke, performed with bristling force on a gut-string guitar.

‘It was like a dream': For the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, association with Bob Dylan went way past ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’

‘It was like a dream': For the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, association with Bob Dylan went way past ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’

McGuinn remembers favorite moments from their ’70s collaborations.

‘Crazy, beautiful, challenging stuff': Nils Lofgren stood ready to fill in with Crazy Horse

‘Crazy, beautiful, challenging stuff': Nils Lofgren stood ready to fill in with Crazy Horse

After a hand injury, Frank “Poncho” Sampedro suggested Lofgren take over.