Roots Music

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

Sometimes, as with the title track to Whitey Morgan’s new album ‘Grandpa’s Guitar,’ a song just hits you right where you live.

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Rock + Roots): David Crosby, John Oates, Lloyd Cole

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Rock + Roots): David Crosby, John Oates, Lloyd Cole

David Crosby, John Oates, Robert Plant, Lloyd Cole and Jackson Browne are among those on Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 list for rock and roots albums.

The Band, “Christmas Must Be Tonight” (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Christmas Must Be Tonight” (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s perhaps too ambitious “Christmas Must Be Tonight” never became the seasonal favorite it should have been.

Luke Reynolds – After The Flood (2014)

Luke Reynolds – After The Flood (2014)

Long been the master of subtlety and textures, Luke Reynolds returns with ‘After the Flood’ — a triumph of vision and craft.

Bob Dylan and the Band, “On a Night Like This” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan and the Band, “On a Night Like This” (1974): Across the Great Divide

The longer I’ve lived with Bob Dylan and the Band’s “On a Night Like This,” the more it’s spoken to me.

Joaquin Sabina, “Y Sin Embargo” from Yo, Mi, Me, Contigo (1996): One Track Mind

Joaquin Sabina, “Y Sin Embargo” from Yo, Mi, Me, Contigo (1996): One Track Mind

This is the perfect introduction to Joaquin Sabina’s music: a subversive love ballad that’s at once tender and cruelly unforgiving.

Mojo Nixon, “Don Henley Must Die” from Otis (1990): One Track Mind

Mojo Nixon, “Don Henley Must Die” from Otis (1990): One Track Mind

Any time Don Henley speaks, either to blast fans for using smartphones at concerts or to sue someone, I think about Mojo Nixon.

Bob Marley, “Is This Love” from Uprising Live! (2014)

Bob Marley, “Is This Love” from Uprising Live! (2014)

The picture is grainy, the sound far too tinny. Still, there’s no denying the magic going on as Bob Marley returns to “Is This Love.”

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014  (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s non-jazz albums, including Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Drive-By Truckers and others.

Rick Danko, “Driftin’ Away” from Danko / Fjeld / Andersen (1991): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko, “Driftin’ Away” from Danko / Fjeld / Andersen (1991): Across the Great Divide

His solo recording career had lain largely dormant since a promising late-1970s debut. But this solidified a striking resurgence for Rick Danko.