Roots Music

James McMurtry, “How’m I Gonna Find You Now” (2015): One Track Mind

James McMurtry, “How’m I Gonna Find You Now” (2015): One Track Mind

James McMurtry has never sounded more visceral, more close up and present.

Steve Cropper explains his immediate connection with the Blues Brothers: ‘It was a community project’

Steve Cropper explains his immediate connection with the Blues Brothers: ‘It was a community project’

“It was not just John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd,” Steve Cropper says of the Blues Brothers.

Bob Dylan and the Band – The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11 (2014)

Bob Dylan and the Band – The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11 (2014)

‘The Basement Tapes Complete’ brings us as close as we’ll ever get to a critical moment of shared inspiration for Bob Dylan and the Band.

A Halloween treat: Bob Dylan at Philharmonic Hall, New York City, October 31, 1964

A Halloween treat: Bob Dylan at Philharmonic Hall, New York City, October 31, 1964

Bob Dylan gave this concert 50 years ago tonight, and it still resonates.

Robbie Robertson, “Broken Arrow” from Robbie Robertson (1987): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, “Broken Arrow” from Robbie Robertson (1987): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson’s willingness to speak from the heart gave moments like ‘Broken Arrow’ a new resonance.

Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975): One Track Mind

This song is for Bob Dylan’s Seventies what “Like a Rolling Stone” was for his Sixties: a farewell.

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

In reanimating age-old songs like “Ain’t No More Cane,” Bob Dylan and the Band began a journey toward undiscovered new vistas.

The Band, “The Great Pretender” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The Great Pretender” from Moondog Matinee (1973): Across the Great Divide

This isn’t the broken-down Richard Manuel of lore. Instead, the Band’s lost legend sings ‘The Great Pretender’ with a palpable hunger.

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

Rock and Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story, by Sebastian Robertson (2014): Books

Robbie Robertson’s son set out to reshape his father’s life as a children’s tale. He ended up with something that will resonate with everyone.

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams’ ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’ is an expection to the rule of double albums being full of filler. This one is all killer.