Roots Music

Beth Hart, “Might As Well Smile” from Better Than Home (2015): One Track Mind

Beth Hart, “Might As Well Smile” from Better Than Home (2015): One Track Mind

“Might As Well Smile” explores a new kind of song for Beth Hart, part of a new kind of album – one framed by hope, rather than pain.

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

If you’re expecting another rootsy upbeat rocker from the BoDeans, the frankly scarifying blues of “Slave” likely comes as something of a shock.

Slash explains why Bob Dylan once refused to use his solo: ‘For me … the ultimate compliment’

Slash explains why Bob Dylan once refused to use his solo: ‘For me … the ultimate compliment’

Slash added one of his “better one-off solos” to a Bob Dylan song, but it was never released. Find out why the Guns N’ Roses legend is OK with that.

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band appeared to be turning toward a kind of modernity that might clear the way for new explorations. But night was, indeed, falling.

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Seemingly an offbeat choice for an All-Starr Band tour, “Raining in My Heart” had already become a signature part of Rick Danko’s solo shows.

Mumford and Sons, “Believe” from Wilder Mind (2015): One Track Mind

Mumford and Sons, “Believe” from Wilder Mind (2015): One Track Mind

Mumford and Sons’ electrified “Believe” feels more like an evolution, organic and heartfelt, than a sharp right turn.

Mark Knopfler credits Bob Dylan for sparking new music: ‘Bob was quite thoughtful about it’

Mark Knopfler credits Bob Dylan for sparking new music: ‘Bob was quite thoughtful about it’

A portion of Mark Knopfler’s upcoming album ‘Tracker’ grew out of shared experiences on the road with Bob Dylan.

Levon Helm, “Feelin’ Good” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Feelin’ Good” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

After a series of solo records that tended toward blues- and R&B-soaked fun, Levon Helm’s ‘Dirt Farmer’ goes deeper, experiences more.

Does Steve Cropper ever grow weary of his most familiar hits?: ‘Some guys don’t like to do the same thing’

Does Steve Cropper ever grow weary of his most familiar hits?: ‘Some guys don’t like to do the same thing’

Steve Cropper has been playing “Midnight Hour,” “Green Onions” and “Soul Man” for decades. It’d be understandable if he became tired of them.

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Something There Is About You” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Something There Is About You” (1974): Across the Great Divide

These are the first hints at darker revelations to come from Bob Dylan on ‘Blood on the Tracks.’ But, because of the Band’s presence, far different.