Author Archives: Shap

ROOTS with ROBB: Traveling Wilburys

It’s SUPERGROUP Month here on Roots and we start with arguably the most loaded with talent of them all…especially when it comes to songwriting, The Traveling Wilburys!  Find us a band with more songwriting chops than Dylan, Harrison, Petty, Lynne and Orbison….we’ll wait…. This is supposed to be ‘Classic Album’ week, and we had all intentions…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: WEEN!

Ween is by far the most ‘out-there,’ indie artist we’ve ever featured on Roots (definitely Robb’s choice!).  I’m not going to give away too much of my thoughts on the band or their music…you’ll have to listen to the show!   But I’ll keep it short and say, give this a listen!  They’re much more than…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: STYX!!

Where do I begin with Styx?  I guess I’ll start by saying they were a band I was shying away from doing on Roots because of knowing where it would end up (Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto and beyond).  I’ve always been more in the Tommy Shaw camp instead of Dennis DeYoung…but after prepping for this…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album: PINK FLOYD Wish You Were Here!

First off, I’ll start by saying shame on me for waiting 2+ years into the show before tackling Pink Floyd.  Now that that’s out of the way, I chose Wish You Were Here because it’s my favorite album of theirs.  Was it always my favorite Floyd record, probably not.  But your tastes change as you age. …Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: BRUNO MARS!

95-3 Jack-FM plays very little pop music from the last decade, but one of the artist who cuts through the clutter and gets some spins is Bruno Mars.  If you’re not super familiar with him…ONE, you probably have been living under a rock, and TWO, after listening to this episode you’ll be able to understand…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Wham! & George Michael

I’m just gonna come out and say it: this may be our least favorite Roots we’ve done.  That goes for both myself and Robb.  There’s nothing wrong with Pop music.  Yes, we’re both more on the ‘Rock’ aspect of it, but we both enjoy a good pop song that gets stuck in your brain as…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: KINGS OF LEON

Unique sound?  Check.  Intriguing backstory?  Check.  Struggle to match up to their previous success?  You betcha.  Kings of Leon are a unique band to do a deep dive on, because it’s really like there are 2 different KOLs.  The pre and post Only By Night.  Personally, I was a fan of the pre-Kings sound.  They had a…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: GENESIS

In the beginning…ok I’m sure that joke has been used in 80% of the band Genesis’s write-ups over the years.  Cliche #1 checked off.  Truth be told, I didn’t know a ton of Genesis beyond the hits and the 80s pop hey-days before this week’s undertaking (and it really was an undertaking).  There are 15…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Classic Album TEMPLE OF THE DOG

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a card-carrying member of the Pearl Jam Ten Club.  I was also fortunate to see Chris Cornell 14 times before he passed.  Of all the rock stars that have passed, Cornell’s death is still the one that affects me the most.  His voice was beyond words. So to say I’m a…Read more »

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 »