Roots Music

Pops Staples, “Somebody Was Watching” from Don’t Lose This (2015): One Track Mind

Pops Staples, “Somebody Was Watching” from Don’t Lose This (2015): One Track Mind

Fifteen years after his death, Pops Staples returns — as sweetly vibrant, as light-filled and meaningful, as deeply soulful as ever.

Mickey Newbury, “The Long Road Home” (2002): One Track Mind

Mickey Newbury, “The Long Road Home” (2002): One Track Mind

An ailing Mickey Newbury saved one of his best songs for the final album released during his lifetime.

Levon Helm, “Even a Fool Would Let Go” from Levon Helm (1982): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Even a Fool Would Let Go” from Levon Helm (1982): Across the Great Divide

A journeyman country tune makes the case all over again for Levon Helm’s tender, heart-openingly emotional side.

Butch Walker + Bob Mould, “Father’s Day” from Afraid of Ghosts (2015): One Track Mind

Bob Mould’s scorching turn might have obscured a lesser singer. But Butch Walker’s resonant voice carries “Father’s Day.”

Joni Mitchell’s intriguing jazz period began 41 years ago: ‘An incredible legacy in music’

Joni Mitchell’s intriguing jazz period began 41 years ago: ‘An incredible legacy in music’

Robben Ford discusses Joni Mitchell’s jazz period in the 1970s. He performed on some of her most closely dissected, if not always best loved, albums.

Robbie Robertson on a thrilling, unrehearsed New Year’s Eve set with Bob Dylan: ‘We were just winging it’

Robbie Robertson on a thrilling, unrehearsed New Year’s Eve set with Bob Dylan: ‘We were just winging it’

Two and a half hours into a Dec. 31, 1971 show, the Band was joined by Bob Dylan — who arrived without a setlist.

Dropkick – Good Vibes: The Dropkick Songbook Vol. 1 (2014)

If you missed Dropkick the first time around, here’s your chance to sample the Scottish band’s wares in a single swoop.

Rick Danko’s Most Underappreciated Band Songs: Gimme Five

Rick Danko’s Most Underappreciated Band Songs: Gimme Five

You know Rick Danko from “Stage Fright” and “It Makes No Difference.” To celebrate his birthday, let’s explore some of his lesser-known Band tracks.

Justin Townes Earle, “Looking for a Place to Land” (2015): One Track Mind

“Looking for a Place to Land” heralds Justin Townes Earle’s ‘Absent Fathers,’ a continuation of his thoughts on 2014’s ‘Single Mothers.’

Lake Street Dive, “What I’m Doing Here” (2014): One Track Mind

A stirring mixture of gospel and folk, Lake Street Dive’s “What I’m Doing Here” unfolds without artifice, without retakes, without technology.