Roots Music

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” from How to Become Clairvoyant (2011)

Across the Great Divide: Robbie Robertson, “He Don’t Live Here No More” from How to Become Clairvoyant (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.

Mike Farris – Shine For All The People (2014)

Mike Farris – Shine For All The People (2014)

Mike Farris is a mix of Al Green, Richard Manuel, Wilson Pickett – and more.

‘It’s been just incredible': The Eagles’ Don Henley notes deep-cut confusion among surge of new fans

‘It’s been just incredible': The Eagles’ Don Henley notes deep-cut confusion among surge of new fans

“Half the audience,” Henley says, “came to the party a little bit later.”

One Track Mind: John Mellencamp, “Sometimes There’s God” from Plain Spoken (2014)

One Track Mind: John Mellencamp, “Sometimes There’s God” from Plain Spoken (2014)

John Mellencamp sounds wisened, but he also sounds heartened.

Gimme Five: Songs of despair by Townes Van Zandt, Nick Drake, Phil Ochs, others

Gimme Five: Songs of despair by Townes Van Zandt, Nick Drake, Phil Ochs, others

A visit with singers who know what it means to lose heart.

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “East Side of Town” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “East Side of Town” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Every detail is given the kind of weight only Lucinda Williams can provide.