Roots Music

Larry Campbell + Teresa Williams, “Surrender to Love” (2015): One Track Mind

Larry Campbell + Teresa Williams, “Surrender to Love” (2015): One Track Mind

Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams’ “Surrender to Love” shares a feel with Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles, but the passionate intimacy is theirs alone.

Laurence Juber – Fingerboard Road (2015)

Laurence Juber – Fingerboard Road (2015)

Ex-Paul McCartney and Wings guitarist Laurence Juber returns with a more free-form approach, giving this album a loose, endlessly curious feel.

Boz Scaggs, “Some Change” from Some Change (1994): One Track Mind

Boz Scaggs, “Some Change” from Some Change (1994): One Track Mind

‘Some Change,’ released on April 5, 1994, reestablished everything that made Boz Scaggs the master of both lover-man ballads and roots rock.

Boz Scaggs + Bonnie Raitt, “Hell To Pay” from A Fool to Care (2015): One Track Mind

Boz Scaggs + Bonnie Raitt, “Hell To Pay” from A Fool to Care (2015): One Track Mind

“Hell to Pay” doesn’t represent the rootsy Bonnie Raitt pushing Boz Scaggs into a new direction, so much as reminding him from whence he came.

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

This is a setting, like the measured context of the Band’s early work, that perfectly suits – even as it amplifies – Levon Helm’s voice.

Beth Hart, “Might As Well Smile” from Better Than Home (2015): One Track Mind

Beth Hart, “Might As Well Smile” from Better Than Home (2015): One Track Mind

“Might As Well Smile” explores a new kind of song for Beth Hart, part of a new kind of album – one framed by hope, rather than pain.

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

If you’re expecting another rootsy upbeat rocker from the BoDeans, the frankly scarifying blues of “Slave” likely comes as something of a shock.

Slash explains why Bob Dylan once refused to use his solo: ‘For me … the ultimate compliment’

Slash explains why Bob Dylan once refused to use his solo: ‘For me … the ultimate compliment’

Slash added one of his “better one-off solos” to a Bob Dylan song, but it was never released. Find out why the Guns N’ Roses legend is OK with that.

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band appeared to be turning toward a kind of modernity that might clear the way for new explorations. But night was, indeed, falling.

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Seemingly an offbeat choice for an All-Starr Band tour, “Raining in My Heart” had already become a signature part of Rick Danko’s solo shows.