The Heart, The Inscrutable Heart

On A HEART NEVER KNOWS, Ohio's PRICE SISTERS may have lessons to impart about teleportation, so authentic is their otherworldliness.

I Smell a Rat, A Rat Smells Danger

APOPO, a Tanzania-based non-profit organization, is having great success training African giant-pouched rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis. You read that right. Join Duncan Strauss for the scoop.


Deep Roots Albums of the Year, 2017

Our Albums of the Year for 2017, wherein we honor exemplary artistry by ERIC BIBB, GRAYSON CAPPS, RICHARD HARVEY, LITTLE STEVEN CARY MORIN, MARTY STUART and LEE ANN WOMACK. Well done!

In Trim: Bruce Brown’s Endless Epic

Writing for the defunct Longboard magazine in 2005, PAUL HOLMES captured the entire epic saga of the making of BRUCE BROWN's THE ENDLESS SUMMER, the greatest surfing film of them all.


The Old Guard Hated the Rock But Loved the Bankroll (Field Notes From a Music Biz Life, Part 4)

In Part 4 of his autobiography, MICHAEL SIGMAN explains why the old guard post-war pop songwriters 'hated the rock but loved the bankroll'

‘He Accomplished Everything He Ever Wanted’

One of the greatest jazz guitarists ever, JOHNNY SMITH passed away on June 11. A tribute to the artist best known for 'Moonlight in Vermont' and 'Walk Don't Run!"



Celebrating the beauty and complexity of Autumn with a little help from our friend JOHN KEATS...


In DEEP ROOTS THEATER: a charming holiday movie, BEYOND TOMORROW. Three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to earth as ghosts to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together. Plus: Pop...


Dancing Bears: la danse de l’ours

Dancing bears have been around since at least the Middle Ages. Sheer Folk blogger SERGIO RIBNKIKOV GUNNARSON has been studying the rather obscure history of these mammalian hoofers and herein reports on his findings.

Orpheus, Don’t Look Back

GRAYSON CAPPS's Scarlett Roses is an epic vision of life, love and struggle in the here and now. It is some kind of masterpiece.


Cuddle Time

This delectable five-song missive--an unassuming but undeniably moving seasonal communiqué--is an affecting followup to Ms. Smith's 2007 Christmas gem, My Holiday.

For All He Gave, and For Giving His All

An in-depth tribute to one of the finest singers-songwriters-guitarists-producers of his time, JOE SOUTH, who died of a heart attack on September 5. He always said what he meant and meant what he said. Yeah!


If Ever There Were a Needed Time…

ERIC BIBB's powerful BLUES PEOPLE, inspired by the work and words of DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, espouses racial harmony in soulful tones, while underscoring how much work towards that ideal remains.

Bob Durst, Camp Counselor

MICHAEL SIGMAN remembers an odd summer camp season in 1964 when his camp counselor was an odd duck named BOB DURST, now an infamous accused murderer.