Roots Music

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “East Side of Town” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “East Side of Town” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Every detail is given the kind of weight only Lucinda Williams can provide.

‘They started nicknaming me the Colonel': Hilarious moment led to new moniker for Steve Cropper

‘They started nicknaming me the Colonel': Hilarious moment led to new moniker for Steve Cropper

Steve Cropper says his direct approach actually traces back to childhood.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Endless Highway” from Before the Flood (1974)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Endless Highway” from Before the Flood (1974)

With “Endless Highway,” there remains this profound sense of unfinished business.

One Track Mind: Jesse Winchester, “All That We Have Is Now” (2014)

One Track Mind: Jesse Winchester, “All That We Have Is Now” (2014)

A ringing reminder of his ability to inspire, in good times and those decidedly worse.

One Track Mind: Elvis Costello, “Married to My Hack” from The New Basement Tapes (2014)

One Track Mind: Elvis Costello, “Married to My Hack” from The New Basement Tapes (2014)

A nasty little put down, this track better matches performer and lyric.

Something Else! sneak peek: Mavis Staples + North Mississippi All-Stars, “I’ve Been Buked” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Mavis Staples + North Mississippi All-Stars, “I’ve Been Buked” (2014)

“Mercy!” Staples crows. “Oooh boy, you’re banging on that guit-fiddle!”

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Don’t Do It” from Live at the Academy of Music (2013)

They create something deeper than what came before – something harder to quantify.

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan and the Band, “Odds and Ends” from The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (2014)

One Track Mind: Bob Dylan and the Band, “Odds and Ends” from The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (2014)

Lost time may never be found again but, sometimes, lost songs are.

One Track Mind: Billy Joe Shaver with Willie Nelson, “Hard To Be An Outlaw” (2014)

One Track Mind: Billy Joe Shaver with Willie Nelson, “Hard To Be An Outlaw” (2014)

Willie Nelson’s presence here means a debt has finally been repaid.

Phil Ochs – Live Again (2014)

Phil Ochs – Live Again (2014)

We find Phil Ochs sharpening his weapons for a final attack on injustice.