Roots Music

Rick Danko, “Tired of Waiting” from Rick Danko (1977): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko, “Tired of Waiting” from Rick Danko (1977): Across the Great Divide

As with much of 1977’s ‘Rick Danko,’ “Tired of Waiting” feels loose and personable, but an added bit of funk gives it no small amount of grit.

Amy Helm, “Rescue Me” from Didn’t It Rain (2015): One Track Mind

Amy Helm, “Rescue Me” from Didn’t It Rain (2015): One Track Mind

This, quite clearly, is a labor of love, and every element speaks to Amy Helm’s steely focus on making the album she always wanted to make.

Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman underscored a sweeping importance

‘Ramble at the Ryman,’ released on May 17, 2011, reminded us that Levon Helm was the Band’s loamy voiced, rhythmic center point. And something more.

Bob Dylan, May 13, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Bob Dylan, May 13, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wednesday night’s Bob Dylan concert was as meticulously crafted as a classical music program by the Milwaukee Symphony.

The Band, “The Well” from The Last Waltz (1978): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The Well” from The Last Waltz (1978): Across the Great Divide

In this moment, the Band’s Richard Manuel sounds whole again, entirely present, a world away from the fading figure depicted in ‘The Last Waltz.’

Mavis Staples recalls lasting impact of the Band’s ‘Last Waltz,’ Rick Danko’s humor + Bob Dylan’s hair

Mavis Staples recalls lasting impact of the Band’s ‘Last Waltz,’ Rick Danko’s humor + Bob Dylan’s hair

Mavis Staples says her appearance as a guest on the the Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ film forever reshaped not just her life but her setlist.

The Band, “Don’t Wait” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Don’t Wait” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

“Don’t Wait” first reveals itself as one of their last era’s very best moments – and then as one of the Band’s very best, period.

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Going Going Gone” (1974): Across the Great Divide

“Going Going Gone” makes a definitive case for Bob Dylan’s 1974 reunion with the Band, so perfect is their musical reaction to his frayed lyric.

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson, “Beatnik Walking” from Still (2015): One Track Mind

Richard Thompson is a traveler, always has been, and “Beatnik Walking” — both in its lyric, and in its creation story — speaks to that.

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – Devils and Dust (2005): Gimme Five

Mark Saleski returns to a handful of resonant moments from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Devils and Dust,’ released on April 26, 2005.