Roots Music

Keith Richards, “Trouble” from Crosseyed Heart (2015): One Track Mind

Keith Richards, “Trouble” from Crosseyed Heart (2015): One Track Mind

Like the best of his Rolling Stones-rejuvenating late ’80s solo work, this new Keith Richards song comes off like a loose, late-night aside.

Rick Danko, “Times Like These” from Times Like These (2000): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko, “Times Like These” from Times Like These (2000): Across the Great Divide

When Rick Danko’s posthumous “Times Like These” ends, it’s like coming awake again after a beautiful – if powerfully sad – reverie.

Exploring deep cuts from the Band’s Music from Big Pink: Gimme Five

Exploring deep cuts from the Band’s Music from Big Pink: Gimme Five

Released on July 1, 1968, ‘Music from Big Pink’ included several famous cuts that defined the Band’s legacy forever. We discuss some lesser-known favorites.

Novalima's new album, Planetario, is out now.

Novalima – Planetario (2015)

‘Planetario’ may be Novalima’s most accessible release to date, but the Afro-Peruvian electronica group still packs quite a wallop.

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

Bob Dylan found refuge, artistic rebirth with the Band on The Basement Tapes

“Don’t Ya Tell Henry,” released 40 years ago this month on ‘The Basement Tapes,’ illustrates how Bob Dylan and the Band pushed each other to greatness.

Warren Haynes, “Common Man” from Ashes and Dust (2015): One Track Mind

Warren Haynes, “Common Man” from Ashes and Dust (2015): One Track Mind

Warren Haynes’ “Common Man” is just what you want from a collaborative effort like this, something that shines a new light on a long-treasured figure.

John Belushi’s death almost ended Steve Cropper’s career: ‘Man, that’s it; I’ve had it’

John Belushi’s death almost ended Steve Cropper’s career: ‘Man, that’s it; I’ve had it’

Steve Cropper’s relationship with John Belushi reached its creative apex with ‘The Blues Brothers’ movie, released on June 20, 1980. Then, he was gone.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Rock + Roots): Toto, Bob Dylan, Neal Schon + others

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Pop, Rock + Roots): Toto, Bob Dylan, Neal Schon + others

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes Death Cab for Cutie, James McMurtry, Steve Hackett, Randy Bachman, Richard Thompson and Ringo Starr.

Levon Helm, “Tennessee Jed” from Electric Dirt (2009): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Tennessee Jed” from Electric Dirt (2009): Across the Great Divide

‘Electric Dirt,’ and standout cuts like “Tennessee Jed,” marked Levon Helm’s return not just as a grizzled survivor but as an artist in full again.

James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Gary Clark Jr. + others – Muddy Waters 100 (2015)

James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Gary Clark Jr. + others – Muddy Waters 100 (2015)

The forthcoming centennial tribute ‘Muddy Waters 100’ finds a series of guest stars adding new dimension to his stirring blues legacy.