Roots Music

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.

Across the Great Divide: Rick Danko with Garth Hudson, “Blue River” (1991)

Across the Great Divide: Rick Danko with Garth Hudson, “Blue River” (1991)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, former Band vocalist Rick Danko found renewed vigor within another collaborative experience on ‘Danko/Fjeld/Andersen.’

Something Else! sneak peek: The Levon Helm Band, “The Same Thing” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: The Levon Helm Band, “The Same Thing” (2014)

And there he is: Levon Helm swinging again, in all of his groaning, yelping, easy-going, era-defying, down-home glory — singing with a salacious wit, and an oaken wisdom … about a woman wearing a too-tight dress.

Exclusive video premiere: Neville Staple, “Roadblock” from Ska Crazy (2014)

Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at the video for “Road Block” from the forthcoming solo album by Neville Staple, ex-singer with the Specials ska revival group.