Roots Music

Justin Townes Earle, “Looking for a Place to Land” (2015): One Track Mind

Justin Townes Earle, “Looking for a Place to Land” (2015): One Track Mind

“Looking for a Place to Land” heralds Justin Townes Earle’s ‘Absent Fathers,’ a continuation of his thoughts on 2014’s ‘Single Mothers.’

Lake Street Dive, “What I’m Doing Here” (2014): One Track Mind

Lake Street Dive, “What I’m Doing Here” (2014): One Track Mind

A stirring mixture of gospel and folk, Lake Street Dive’s “What I’m Doing Here” unfolds without artifice, without retakes, without technology.

The Band, “Where I Should Always Be” from High on the Hog (1996): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Where I Should Always Be” from High on the Hog (1996): Across the Great Divide

A song with this aching classicism, the Band’s “Where I Should Always Be” has gained resonance with each year since Rick Danko’s passing.

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 (Rock, Roots + Pop Music): Brownout, Seth Walker, Chicago

Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 (Rock, Roots + Pop Music): Brownout, Seth Walker, Chicago

Brownout, Seth Walker, Judith Owen, Chicago, Toto and Nathan East are included on Preston Frazier’s Best of 2014 list for rock, roots and pop.

The Waterboys, “Beautiful Now” from Modern Blues (2015): One Track Mind

The Waterboys, “Beautiful Now” from Modern Blues (2015): One Track Mind

The Waterboys have gone through a variety of permutations — both in lineup and in sound — but seem to emerge more interesting each time.

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

Sometimes, as with the title track to Whitey Morgan’s new album ‘Grandpa’s Guitar,’ a song just hits you right where you live.

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Rock + Roots): David Crosby, John Oates, Lloyd Cole

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Rock + Roots): David Crosby, John Oates, Lloyd Cole

David Crosby, John Oates, Robert Plant, Lloyd Cole and Jackson Browne are among those on Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 list for rock and roots albums.

The Band, “Christmas Must Be Tonight” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Christmas Must Be Tonight” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s perhaps too ambitious “Christmas Must Be Tonight” never became the seasonal favorite it should have been.

Luke Reynolds – After The Flood (2014)

Luke Reynolds – After The Flood (2014)

Long been the master of subtlety and textures, Luke Reynolds returns with ‘After the Flood’ — a triumph of vision and craft.

Bob Dylan and the Band, “On a Night Like This” from Planet Waves (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan and the Band, “On a Night Like This” from Planet Waves (1974): Across the Great Divide

The longer I’ve lived with Bob Dylan and the Band’s “On a Night Like This,” the more it’s spoken to me.