Roots Music

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Let the Night Fall” from Islands (1977): Across the Great Divide

The Band appeared to be turning toward a kind of modernity that might clear the way for new explorations. But night was, indeed, falling.

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Rick Danko + the All-Starr Band, “Raining in My Heart” (1990): Across the Great Divide

Seemingly an offbeat choice for an All-Starr Band tour, “Raining in My Heart” had already become a signature part of Rick Danko’s solo shows.

Mumford and Sons, “Believe” from Wilder Mind (2015): One Track Mind

Mumford and Sons, “Believe” from Wilder Mind (2015): One Track Mind

Mumford and Sons’ electrified “Believe” feels more like an evolution, organic and heartfelt, than a sharp right turn.

Mark Knopfler credits Bob Dylan for sparking new music: ‘Bob was quite thoughtful about it’

Mark Knopfler credits Bob Dylan for sparking new music: ‘Bob was quite thoughtful about it’

A portion of Mark Knopfler’s upcoming album ‘Tracker’ grew out of shared experiences on the road with Bob Dylan.

Levon Helm, “Feelin’ Good” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Feelin’ Good” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

After a series of solo records that tended toward blues- and R&B-soaked fun, Levon Helm’s ‘Dirt Farmer’ goes deeper, experiences more.

Does Steve Cropper ever grow weary of his most familiar hits?: ‘Some guys don’t like to do the same thing’

Does Steve Cropper ever grow weary of his most familiar hits?: ‘Some guys don’t like to do the same thing’

Steve Cropper has been playing “Midnight Hour,” “Green Onions” and “Soul Man” for decades. It’d be understandable if he became tired of them.

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Something There Is About You” from Planet Waves (1974): Across the Great Divide

Bob Dylan + the Band, “Something There Is About You” from Planet Waves (1974): Across the Great Divide

These are the first hints at darker revelations to come from Bob Dylan on ‘Blood on the Tracks.’ But, because of the Band’s presence, far different.

Beth Hart, “Mechanical Heart” from Better Than Home (2015): One Track Mind

Beth Hart, “Mechanical Heart” from Better Than Home (2015): One Track Mind

Presented from the start as a next-gen Janis Joplin, Beth Hart has a well-earned reputation as a whiskey barrel-busting belter. This isn’t that.

Bob Dylan, “The Night We Called It a Day” from Shadows in the Night (2015): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan, “The Night We Called It a Day” from Shadows in the Night (2015): One Track Mind

The twist in Bob Dylan’s new video adds a new complexity to a song that used to only be about two lovers’ theoretical last evening together.

Papa Mali, “I’m a Ram” from Music is Love (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Papa Mali, “I’m a Ram” from Music is Love (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Papa Mali’s “I’m a Ram” is an intriguing voodoo of sex and danger, something that seems to always surround the best Louisiana music.