Roots Music

The Band, “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s version of this Four Tops gem illustrates their canny ability to countrify soul music. A Motown classic is reborn.

Lucinda Williams, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Lucinda Williams, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Lucinda Williams’ gruff slur on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” conveys just how few times the fates allow us the moments we’d like.

Blackberry Smoke, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Again” (2014): One Track Mind

Blackberry Smoke, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Again” (2014): One Track Mind

With “Rock ‘n’ Roll Again,” Blackberry Smoke got my toes tapping. There’s not much more you can ask for from this type of song.

The Band, “Stuff You Gotta Watch” (1993): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Stuff You Gotta Watch” (1993): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm led the Band through a fun-filled take on this Muddy Waters tune, then returned to it once more for another intriguing pass.

The Band’s Garth Hudson on why The Basement Tapes are still ‘special and treasured’

The Band’s Garth Hudson on why The Basement Tapes are still ‘special and treasured’

He carefully recorded and then stored ‘The Basement Tapes’ for decades. Now, Garth Hudson joins us to talk about this amazing trove of songs.

James McMurtry, “How’m I Gonna Find You Now” (2015): One Track Mind

James McMurtry, “How’m I Gonna Find You Now” (2015): One Track Mind

James McMurtry has never sounded more visceral, more close up and present.

Steve Cropper explains his immediate connection with the Blues Brothers: ‘It was a community project’

Steve Cropper explains his immediate connection with the Blues Brothers: ‘It was a community project’

“It was not just John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd,” Steve Cropper says of the Blues Brothers.

Bob Dylan and the Band – The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11 (2014)

Bob Dylan and the Band – The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11 (2014)

‘The Basement Tapes Complete’ brings us as close as we’ll ever get to a critical moment of shared inspiration for Bob Dylan and the Band.

A Halloween treat: Bob Dylan at Philharmonic Hall, New York City, October 31, 1964

A Halloween treat: Bob Dylan at Philharmonic Hall, New York City, October 31, 1964

Bob Dylan gave this concert 50 years ago tonight, and it still resonates.

Robbie Robertson, “Broken Arrow” from Robbie Robertson (1987): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, “Broken Arrow” from Robbie Robertson (1987): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson’s willingness to speak from the heart gave moments like ‘Broken Arrow’ a new resonance.