Roots Music

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

They create something deeper than what came before – something harder to quantify.

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan and the Band, “Odds and Ends” from The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (2014)

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan and the Band, “Odds and Ends” from The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (2014)

Lost time may never be found again but, sometimes, lost songs are.

One Track Mind: Billy Joe Shaver with Willie Nelson, “Hard To Be An Outlaw” (2014)

One Track Mind: Billy Joe Shaver with Willie Nelson, “Hard To Be An Outlaw” (2014)

Willie Nelson’s presence here means a debt has finally been repaid.

Phil Ochs – Live Again (2014)

Phil Ochs – Live Again (2014)

We find Phil Ochs sharpening his weapons for a final attack on injustice.

Jackson Browne – Standing in the Breach (2014)

Jackson Browne – Standing in the Breach (2014)

As layered as it is honest, as reflective as it is determined.

One Track Mind: Richard Thompson, “Walking on a Wire” from Acoustic Classics (2014)

One Track Mind: Richard Thompson, “Walking on a Wire” from Acoustic Classics (2014)

Thompson takes an old favorite, and does an unexpected thing.

One Track Mind: Elvis Costello, Jim James + Marcus Mumford, “Nothing To It” from Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes  (2014)

One Track Mind: Elvis Costello, Jim James + Marcus Mumford, “Nothing To It” from Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes (2014)

You can tell their heart is in it. But something important is off.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Country Boy” from Jericho (1993)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Country Boy” from Jericho (1993)

Richard Manuel, and this is so sad, was on to something at the end.

Paul Thorn – Too Blessed to Be Stressed (2014)

Paul Thorn – Too Blessed to Be Stressed (2014)

A reminder from Thorn to be thankful, in bad times – and good.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Livin’ in a Dream” from Islands (1977)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Livin’ in a Dream” from Islands (1977)

This lightly grooved, calliope-paced aside plays to Levon Helm’s many strengths.