Roots Music

Rick Danko, “Driftin’ Away” from Danko / Fjeld / Andersen (1991): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko, “Driftin’ Away” from Danko / Fjeld / Andersen (1991): Across the Great Divide

His solo recording career had lain largely dormant since a promising late-1970s debut. But this solidified a striking resurgence for Rick Danko.

Levon Helm, Bob Dylan remain unlikely heroes of The Last Waltz: Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, Bob Dylan remain unlikely heroes of The Last Waltz: Across the Great Divide

Neither seemed all that interested in ‘The Last Waltz.’ But their performances are the heart and soul of the film.

Cracker – Berkeley to Bakersfield (2014)

Cracker – Berkeley to Bakersfield (2014)

Cracker always stood with a foot in both of these California music beds. ‘Berkeley to Bakersfield’ fully explores their twinned inspirations.

Tom Petty remembers the mystery, joy of the Traveling Wilburys: ‘We made that record for us’

Tom Petty remembers the mystery, joy of the Traveling Wilburys: ‘We made that record for us’

Tom Petty enthuses about the Traveling Wilburys off-handed creative spark, saying they’d record a track, then write the lyrics over dinner.

Jerry Giddens + Killeen Foundry – Damn It Abby! (2014)

Jerry Giddens + Killeen Foundry – Damn It Abby! (2014)

A terrific collaboration with Killeen Foundry reminds us of everything Jerry Giddens was, and what he can still become.

Steve Cropper shares the secret to his remarkable output with Stax: ‘Everyone was there for the same reason’

Steve Cropper shares the secret to his remarkable output with Stax: ‘Everyone was there for the same reason’

The frenetic pace kept Steve Cropper so busy, there was often little time to actually take the stage to play.

Levon Helm, “False Hearted Lover Blues” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “False Hearted Lover Blues” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

When Levon Helm decided to return to the Americana roots that had for so long nourished his career, he did it his way.

Luke Reynolds, singer-songwriter: Something Else! Interview

Luke Reynolds, singer-songwriter: Something Else! Interview

Luke Reynolds joins us to talk about his deeply intriguing new album ‘After the Flood,’ and how it advances his well-respected career.

How Bob Dylan inspired Lloyd Cole to a stirring comeback: ‘That gave me some momentum’

How Bob Dylan inspired Lloyd Cole to a stirring comeback: ‘That gave me some momentum’

Lloyd Cole just released his best album in 30 years. We have Bob Dylan to thank.

Butch Walker, “21+” from Afraid of Ghosts (2015): One Track Mind

Butch Walker, “21+” from Afraid of Ghosts (2015): One Track Mind

You might expect a rootsy track called “21+” to focus on hell raising in a fictional saloon. Butch Walker does something different.