Roots Music

Bruce Springsteen Songs about Cars: Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen Songs about Cars: Gimme Five

They were as ubiquitous, at one point, as songs about girls.

One Track Mind: Thompson, “One Life at a Time” from Family (2014)

One Track Mind: Thompson, “One Life at a Time” from Family (2014)

Richard Thompson sings here about taking a moment to understand blessings, beginning with the blessing of being left alone. Completely understandable, considering the situation.

Deep Cuts from the Band’s Self-Titled 1969 Masterpiece: Gimme Five

Deep Cuts from the Band’s Self-Titled 1969 Masterpiece: Gimme Five

Even lesser-known tracks continue to yield important insights, decades later.

One Track Mind: Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour, “Mama Don’t Allow” (2014)

One Track Mind: Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour, “Mama Don’t Allow” (2014)

They take a kind of orchestral approach to the hootenanny aesthetic.

‘Man, you can’t do that': Steve Cropper made one of his biggest career decisions in the bathroom

‘Man, you can’t do that': Steve Cropper made one of his biggest career decisions in the bathroom

Inspiration, it seems, hits artists at the strangest times.

Across the Great Divide: Rick Danko, “What a Town” from Rick Danko (1977)

Across the Great Divide: Rick Danko, “What a Town” from Rick Danko (1977)

Danko carries this song, as he could most any, by sheer force of exuberance.

One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

Both the singer and the song are revitalized here.

Willow Willow – Listening To Music (2014)

Willow Willow – Listening To Music (2014)

This makes you remember why you enjoy music in the first place.

Loudon Wainwright III – Haven’t Got The Blues [Yet] (2014)

Loudon Wainwright III – Haven’t Got The Blues [Yet] (2014)

He talks the language of those his age, but in a way that transcends eras.

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “Magnolia” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “Magnolia” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

A perfectly calibrated tribute, one full of broken Stonesy grandeur.