Roots Music

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ring Your Bell” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ring Your Bell” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Here’s a greasy, funk-focused triumph that must have made Gamble and Huff turn green.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Acadian Driftwood” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Acadian Driftwood” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

One of their final aggregate triumphs traces a tale of alienation and redemption.

One Track Mind: Tweedy, “I’ll Sing It” from  Sukierae (2014)

One Track Mind: Tweedy, “I’ll Sing It” from Sukierae (2014)

A sense of familial connection runs just as deep as this song’s darker complexities.

Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca – La Rumba SoYo (2014)

Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca – La Rumba SoYo (2014)

If you don’t feel the urge to move, you need to have your pulse checked.

One Track Mind: John Hiatt, “Terms of My Surrender” from Terms of My Surrender (2014)

One Track Mind: John Hiatt, “Terms of My Surrender” from Terms of My Surrender (2014)

In which Hiatt admits everything about the wonders, and the terrors, of love.

Jack White – Lazaretto (2014)

Jack White – Lazaretto (2014)

White’s “old, yet new” vibe again has him brilliantly mixing seemingly unrelated styles.

With apologies to Don Henley: Here’s Okkervil River’s outlaw cover of ‘End of the Innocence’

With apologies to Don Henley: Here’s Okkervil River’s outlaw cover of ‘End of the Innocence’

The grumpy Eagles drummer tried to stop them from releasing this song.

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ophelia” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

Across the Great Divide: The Band, “Ophelia” from Northern Lights-Southern Cross (1975)

This song is Garth Hudson’s triumph, his musical testament, his masterpiece.

Seth Walker – Sky Still Blue (2014)

Seth Walker – Sky Still Blue (2014)

‘Sky Still Blue’ shows the benefits of Walker’s continual tweaking of his sound and it’s paid off in this completely solid album of roots music.

Forgotten series: Bobby Charles – Bobby Charles (1972)

Forgotten series: Bobby Charles – Bobby Charles (1972)

Sometimes known as the lost Band album, ‘Bobby Charles’ is an overlooked treasure of roots rock.