Category: The Roots of Roots Music

The Roots of Roots Music – Stanley, Louvin, Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs

The Roots of Roots Music – Stanley, Louvin, Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs

June 29, 2016 | By

This past week Ralph Stanley left this world. He was, without doubt, one of the prime influences in 20th Century country music. So here are a few clips of Ralph and some of the other prime movers, shakers and music makers, back in the day. The Stanley Brothers – Worried Man Blues This is from […]

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The Roots of Roots Music – Bob Dylan

The Roots of Roots Music – Bob Dylan

June 22, 2016 | By

It has been said, by Steve Earle, that Bob Dylan invented the job of singer songwriter. It could be argued that Bob took the idea from Woody Guthrie and developed it, but it is clear that the arrival of Dylan on the scene in the early ’60s changed the course of popular music, such that […]

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WoodSongs on FolkNRoots with Judy Collins and Ari Hest

WoodSongs on FolkNRoots with Judy Collins and Ari Hest

June 17, 2016 | By

You may have noticed that we have recently been running a series of posts here on FolkNRoots Radio.com featuring artists who are part of ‘The Roots of Roots Music”. This week’s featured guest on Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour fits perfectly with that theme. Judy Collins burst onto the folk with her debut […]

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The Roots of Roots Music – Joan Baez

The Roots of Roots Music – Joan Baez

June 15, 2016 | By

Joan Baez has long been one of my heroes, as much for her activism and willingness to put herself out on the line in service of improving the world, as for the voice and music I love so well. She started as a young folk singer with one of the purest voices anyone had ever […]

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The Roots of Roots Music: Simon and Garfunkel

The Roots of Roots Music: Simon and Garfunkel

June 8, 2016 | By

This song is from decades ago, but it is unquestionably one of the great songs to come from the artists of the 60s folk movement. The performance is from just a few years ago, and it is a masterpiece. To watch Art Garfunkel finish this incredibly demanding song so strongly, obviously having given his all, […]

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John Prine Talks About and Plays Angel From Montgomery

John Prine Talks About and Plays Angel From Montgomery

June 2, 2016 | By

John Prine, once something of a rebel on the folk music scene, has become something of a father figure to the up and coming songwriters in Americana music. Kacey Musgraves has even written about her idea of heaven being to ‘burn one with John Prine’. Here’s John, from back in 1990, talking about and playing […]

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Way Back Play Back – Joni Mitchell with CS&N

Way Back Play Back – Joni Mitchell with CS&N

June 1, 2016 | By

Generally speaking, we try to share high quality videos here, but this clip which came to my attention today, from way back in 1969, has so much roots music history attached to it that it must be shared! Jesse Colin Young wrote the song in this video. It became something of a folkie, hippie anthem. […]

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Guy Clark – Last Train Home

Guy Clark – Last Train Home

May 17, 2016 | By

Guy Clark was the model for the Texas Songwriter. He pretty much invented the thing, and then he spent his life, not only doing the job, but mentoring others to come along for the ride and, eventually, follow in his footsteps. There are not many songwriters who can take something as simple as homegrown tomatoes […]

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How “Traditional” Music Evolves

How “Traditional” Music Evolves

February 25, 2016 | By

American country music, particularly Appalachian, Bluegrass and other ‘Old Timey’ forms are deeply rooted in traditional music from the UK. One of the things I find especially interesting is how influences can turn back on themselves, in a way, so that the original source becomes the subject of influence. A great example of this is […]

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The Bluegrass Dilemma

The Bluegrass Dilemma

February 24, 2016 | By

Music of any genre is a constantly changing thing.  Before the late 1950’s, Rock & Roll did not exist as a musical form, but musicians with vision and creative motivations took pieces from Blues and R&B and Country music and created a new form … which pretty much conquered the musical world. The thing is, […]

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