Roots Music

Royal Southern Brotherhood – HeartSoulBlood (2014)

Royal Southern Brotherhood – HeartSoulBlood (2014)

They plunge a ladle deep into the Deep South’s bubbling gumbo pot of musical influences.

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

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

And so the reflective ‘Northern Lights-Southern Cross’ ends, so full of promises.

One Track Mind: Jerry Garcia Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from GarciaLive: Volume Four (2014)

One Track Mind: Jerry Garcia Band, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from GarciaLive: Volume Four (2014)

Jerry Garcia’s take is simply enveloped in an atmosphere of absence.

‘It shook me to the core’: Eric Clapton on how the Band changed everything

‘It shook me to the core’: Eric Clapton on how the Band changed everything

“All I could do was admire it from afar,” he admits, “and long for something similar.”

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

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

An odyssey toward imagination’s outer limits, with Garth Hudson as rocket fuel.

One Track Mind: Tweedy, “Diamond Light Parts I and II” (2014)

One Track Mind: Tweedy, “Diamond Light Parts I and II” (2014)

Another song emerges from Tweedy’s new solo album, along with a bonus track.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Rock, Roots and Prog): John Oates, Jack White, David Crosby, Joe Henry, GOASTT, California Breed

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2014 (Rock, Roots and Prog): John Oates, Jack White, David Crosby, Joe Henry, GOASTT, California Breed

A career-defining three-EP set, a stirring comeback, another thrilling head scratcher.

The Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volume 3 (2014)

The Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Volume 3 (2014)

A celebration of everything Helm meant to music, and vice versa.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “It Makes No Difference” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “It Makes No Difference” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

A moment like few others from the Band, and Rick Danko’s greatest vehicle.

Forgotten series: Bob Carpenter – Silent Passage (1984)

Forgotten series: Bob Carpenter – Silent Passage (1984)

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