Roots Music

Bill Champlin revisits lost 1980s Chicago track “Sweet Marie” with  TOBB

Bill Champlin revisits lost 1980s Chicago track “Sweet Marie” with TOBB

This leftover from the sessions for Chicago 17 has been reborn.

Something Else! sneak peek: Eric Clapton, “Call Me The Breeze” (2014)

There was always a stillness at the center of J.J. Cale’s work, and Clapton captures it once more.

‘Guitar-based music wasn’t that popular': Even in the 1980s, Hall and Oates stayed true to their roots

‘Guitar-based music wasn’t that popular': Even in the 1980s, Hall and Oates stayed true to their roots

Think their music was all about synthesizers and MTV sheen? Think again.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Thinking Out Loud” from Cahoots (1971)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Thinking Out Loud” from Cahoots (1971)

It’s utterly clear just what Robbie Robertson is lamenting on this song.

‘I felt embarrassingly unaware of what he did': The Band’s Robbie Robertson on meeting Bob Dylan

‘I felt embarrassingly unaware of what he did': The Band’s Robbie Robertson on meeting Bob Dylan

Dylan proceeded to pull out a series of songs that, truth be told, didn’t appeal to the future leader of the Band.

‘All I could say was: Holy crap': How Keith Olsen went from producing Fleetwood Mac to the Grateful Dead

‘Terrapin Station’ would go gold for the Dead, making it their best seller since ‘Europe ’72.’

John Mayall – A Special Life (2014)

John Mayall – A Special Life (2014)

John Mayall has, of course, worked with a series of guitar heroes. His new album is different.

Deep Cuts: Crosby Stills Nash and Young’s ‘Pushed It Over the End,’ ‘Black Coral,’ others

Deep Cuts: Crosby Stills Nash and Young’s ‘Pushed It Over the End,’ ‘Black Coral,’ others

We dig around for hidden treasures from the battling boys of CSNY.

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

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

“It was powerful, a little bit more rock ‘n’ roll version,” guitarist Jim Weider says of the 1990s-era Band, “and it fit the times.”

‘What a soul for New Orleans': Allen Toussaint talks Dr. John ahead of Saturday tribute concert

‘What a soul for New Orleans': Allen Toussaint talks Dr. John ahead of Saturday tribute concert

Dr. John’s flamboyant life and hoodoo-tinged music will be celebrated during a special concert event to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New Orleans as part of the Jazz and Heritage Festival.