Post Tagged with: "Roots Music"

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.

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

John Manning – White Bear (1971): Forgotten Series

We’re on the trail of the seemingly untraceable John Manning, a talented singer-songwriter who released a lone album, then disappeared.

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

Robert Randolph helps set a new standard for improv gospel-jazz country blues supergroups. Because, yeah, they’re the only one.

Robbie Robertson, “Night Parade” from Storyville (1991): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson, “Night Parade” from Storyville (1991): Across the Great Divide

Robbie Robertson continued in his role as a curator of things that Americans take for granted with this New Orleans-focused project.

The Last Waltz was nearly derailed, time and again: ‘It was like throwing the dice’

The Last Waltz was nearly derailed, time and again: ‘It was like throwing the dice’

‘The Last Waltz,’ released as a triple album on April 7, 1978, chronicled a guest-packed Band concert that overcame one complication after another.

Boz Scaggs, “Some Change” from Some Change (1994): One Track Mind

Boz Scaggs, “Some Change” from Some Change (1994): One Track Mind

‘Some Change,’ released on April 5, 1994, reestablished everything that made Boz Scaggs the master of both lover-man ballads and roots rock.

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

This is a setting, like the measured context of the Band’s early work, that perfectly suits – even as it amplifies – Levon Helm’s voice.

Beth Hart, “Might As Well Smile” from Better Than Home (2015): One Track Mind

Beth Hart, “Might As Well Smile” from Better Than Home (2015): One Track Mind

“Might As Well Smile” explores a new kind of song for Beth Hart, part of a new kind of album – one framed by hope, rather than pain.

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

If you’re expecting another rootsy upbeat rocker from the BoDeans, the frankly scarifying blues of “Slave” likely comes as something of a shock.

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.