Roots Music

Forgotten series: Bob Carpenter – Silent Passage (1984)

In the melancholy wisdom of his lyrics, this lost singer-songwriter has very few rivals.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ring Your Bell” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ring Your Bell” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Here’s a greasy, funk-focused triumph that must have made Gamble and Huff turn green.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Acadian Driftwood” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Acadian Driftwood” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

One of their final aggregate triumphs traces a tale of alienation and redemption.

One Track Mind: Tweedy, “I’ll Sing It” from Sukierae (2014)

A sense of familial connection runs just as deep as this song’s darker complexities.

Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca – La Rumba SoYo (2014)

If you don’t feel the urge to move, you need to have your pulse checked.

One Track Mind: John Hiatt, “Terms of My Surrender” from Terms of My Surrender (2014)

One Track Mind: John Hiatt, “Terms of My Surrender” from Terms of My Surrender (2014)

In which Hiatt admits everything about the wonders, and the terrors, of love.

Jack White – Lazaretto (2014)

Jack White – Lazaretto (2014)

White’s “old, yet new” vibe again has him brilliantly mixing seemingly unrelated styles.

With apologies to Don Henley: Here’s Okkervil River’s outlaw cover of ‘End of the Innocence’

The grumpy Eagles drummer tried to stop them from releasing this song.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ophelia” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ophelia” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

This song is Garth Hudson’s triumph, his musical testament, his masterpiece.

Seth Walker – Sky Still Blue (2014)

‘Sky Still Blue’ shows the benefits of Walker’s continual tweaking of his sound and it’s paid off in this completely solid album of roots music.