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ROOTS with ROBB:  Beck

ROOTS with ROBB: Beck

If Bob Dylan and the Beastie Boys procreated, Beck would be their offspring.  He’s a modern-day chameleon, a David Bowie or Prince for Gen X and millennials.  He does what he wants and if you’re a fan of his, you’ll come along for the ride no matter what.  Ready for the journey?   Roots is co-hosted…Read more »

UPGRADE YOUR DAD……………….’S CHAIR FOR FATHER’S DAY!

UPGRADE YOUR DAD……………….’S CHAIR FOR FATHER’S DAY!

Congrats to Travis Pouk from Streator!  He was the winning qualifier who gets to upgrade his Dad Dave’s chair for Father’s Day!   Thanks to everyone who texted in pictures and listened and got qualified.  And thanks to Furniture Sellers of Ottawa!  Keep listening for more great prizes and contests coming soon from 95-3 Jack-FM!   Chair Details:  A…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Heart

ROOTS with ROBB: Heart

Heart is an interesting band to do a deep dive because they have a wonky history, and several iterations and sounds.  Technically, the Wilson sisters (Ann & Nancy) have been the only constant, but that’s not even true!  The band (in some variation of what would go on to be known as Heart) began in 1967. …Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB:  The Offspring

ROOTS with ROBB: The Offspring

Punk Rock, probably more than any other genre of Rock is one where it’s ‘not cool’ to make it big, especially in the eyes of the fans.  But I’m sure it beats being a school janitor!  That’s the rags to riches story for Kevin ‘Noodles’ Wasserman, lead guitarist and ‘woah-oh’ ‘yea-ah yeaaa-ah’ backup singer of the…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Huey Lewis & the News!

ROOTS with ROBB: Huey Lewis & the News!

Huey Lewis and the News were one of the most fun sounding bands of the 80s.  Unlike others, they had the chops and the licks to back it up.  They’d been at it since the 70s, even transplanting to the UK for the British Pub scene.  That led some members to back Elvis Costello’s debut,…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB classic album:  WHO’S NEXT

ROOTS with ROBB classic album: WHO’S NEXT

‘It’s Only Teenage Wasteland!’  Nope.  It’s much more than that.  The Who’s most successful album is a conundrum of itself.  It originally was one of Pete Townshend’s greatest failures.  In the wake of the runaway success of ‘Tommy’ and in many rock critic’s opinions, the best live album of all time (Live at Leeds,) Pete…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB:  R.E.M.

ROOTS with ROBB: R.E.M.

R.E.M. is a pivotal band in music history.  Without them, there’s a good chance the 90s alt-boom from Seattle never happens…at least the way it did.  In all honesty, I’m not well-versed in their early 80s catalog.  So it was a real treat for me to dive into their first 5-6 albums.  If you’re in…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Stone Temple Pilots

ROOTS with ROBB: Stone Temple Pilots

STP is one of those bands that were outstanding at writing and playing stuff that sounded noticeable like ‘haven’t I heard this before?’ but was original enough to make it their own.  They weren’t from Seattle, although they were often lumped in with their Grunge contemporaries, sometimes confused for, or considered rip-offs. After their debut Core,…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB:  INXS

ROOTS with ROBB: INXS

INXS was an interesting band to tackle with Roots.  As the albums progressed from the late 70s through the mid-80s, you could really hear them find their own distinct sound.  Their are some great new-wavy gems from their early catalog (Don’t Change), and then by the time 1985’s Listen Like Thieves came out, they were ready for…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album: BACK IN BLACK

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album: BACK IN BLACK

There’s many reason ‘Back in Black’ is one of the biggest selling albums of all-time.  The riffs are monstrous, their enigmatic lead singer had passed less than 6 months before it was released, so everyone wanted to hear what they’d sound like without him, and ‘Mutt’ Lange harnessed their sound on his 2nd of Three…Read more »