Author Archives: Shap

ROOTS with ROBB: Dire Straits

We continue to practice social distancing this week as I’ve been doing the show every weekday morning from home.  So thanks to ZOOM (is everyone in the world using Zoom right now?) Robb and I were able to chat about Dire Straits…aka, Mark Knopfler.  That’s not a knock on the band.  Well maybe it’s a…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: The Cranberries

A first for this week of Roots…in light of the current world situations, we had our first ‘Social Distancing’ episode with Robb calling in over the phone.  Wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, practice social distancing.  If you’re an employer and your employees have the ability to work from home, let them.  The…Read more »

COVID-19 Update from the LaSalle County Health Department

Big thanks to Jenny Barrie, Health Educator/PIO with the LaSalle County Health Department for coming on board this morning.  Topics include: Where are we in the grand scheme of things with Covid-19? What are the symptoms and what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (DON’T rush to the Hospital) Is there testing available…Read more »


There’s an argument to be made (and in this episode, I in fact do) that Black Sabbath is right up there with the Beatles and Elvis for the biggest influence and impact on music in their wake.  Are there others that could be mentioned?  Absolutely.  But there’s no denying that Black Sabbath started Metal.  There…Read more »


There are some artists/albums we do on Roots that I’m extremely familiar with the majority of their catalog.  Then there’s others that I’ve gained a greater appreciation, enjoyed the experience of diving in for the first time beyond their hits, heck even become a fan from doing Roots (Cheap Trick, The Cure).  This week is…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Faith No More

We’ve been doing Roots now for at least 2 years, and this might be the most out there one we’ve done so far.  Sure, they had a RIDICULOUS smash in ‘Epic’ (just watch them perform it on MTV with Dr. Dre and Ed Lover from Yo MTV Raps below).  But even on their breakthrough record…Read more »


I really, REALLY wanted to be able to like ELO, but the more I dug into their catalog, I kept finding more and more examples of ELO stealing patterns/riffs/etc from the Beatles.  I know what you’re thinking, ‘Shap, EVERYONE steals and borrows from the Beatles!’  This is true!  No artist is popular music has made…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: P!nk

We apparently don’t do enough of ‘current pop’ on this show.  But P!nk should suffice.  I’ll go on record (and I don’t think it’s much of a stretch) that she’s the best female pop star of the last 2 decades.  No one has had the track record she has with the ability to change up…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: The Violent Femmes

The Violent Femmes are interesting band for Roots because they’re kind of on an island all to themselves.  Sure there’s Dylan influence and The Talking Heads, and other artists who have done similar things, but the Femmes just do it a bit differently, and it works.  Although after playing this week’s Roots song on the…Read more »