Roots Music

Even today, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand confounds expectations

Even today, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand confounds expectations

The heavily praised ‘Raising Sand,’ released on Oct. 23, 2007, doesn’t sound like either Robert Plant or Alison Krauss – and that’s a good thing.

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.

The Band – Moondog Matinee (1973): Gimme Five

The Band – Moondog Matinee (1973): Gimme Five

The Band’s ‘Moondog Matinee,’ released on Oct. 15, 1973, was meant to be a passionate homage. Instead, it’s unfairly overlooked as a career retrenchment.

The Pretenders took an unusual path back to relevance on Break Up the Concrete

The Pretenders took an unusual path back to relevance on Break Up the Concrete

With ‘Break Up the Concrete,’ released Oct. 7, 2008, the Pretenders found their old edge – but not with a return to hard-driving punk styles.

Robbie Robertson was again sparked by America, old friends on Storyville

Robbie Robertson was again sparked by America, old friends on Storyville

Robbie Robertson found another deeply resonant setting for his unique brand of storytelling with ‘Storyville,’ released on Sept. 30, 1991.

Dylan Disc by Disc, edited by Jon Bream (2015): Books

Dylan Disc by Disc, edited by Jon Bream (2015): Books

Jon Bream’s “many voices” approach on ‘Dylan Disc by Disc’ is a great way to explore Bob Dylan’s varied career from all angles.

The Band’s overlooked, imperfect Cahoots held a few musical treasures

The Band’s overlooked, imperfect Cahoots held a few musical treasures

Released on Sept. 15, 1971, ‘Cahoots’ has always felt like a breakup album. Still, there were notable moments when the Band recaptured the magic.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s complex, hypnotic Greendale revived the concept album

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s complex, hypnotic Greendale revived the concept album

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s ‘Greendale,’ released on August 19, 2003, explored murder, art and intrigue in a mythical coastal California town.

John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This was a darkly inspiring triumph

John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This was a darkly inspiring triumph

Even as shadows gathered around the superlative ‘No Better Than This,’ released this week in 2010, John Mellencamp clung to his weathered optimism.

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

Exploring Deep Cuts from the Band’s Underrated Stage Fright: Gimme Five

‘Stage Fright,’ issued on August 17, 1970, was the Band’s highest-charting LP. But there’s still much to discover inside these overlooked moments.