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ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album: Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morrisette was strapped to a rocket in 1995 thanks to her raw, emotional and personal lyrics that connected with teenage girls and a slick version of ‘alternative’ sounding music.  The music influence?  There’s a little more to dissect there.  Bonus Content starts at 10:18 with a solid discussion on the possible influence of Ani…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Queens of the Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age are one of rock’s best active bands over the last 2 decades while really only having one constant member, Josh Homme.  Over the last few records, they’ve started to settle on a somewhat regular lineup, but at times, QOTSA had the feel of a Supergroup, or at the very least,…Read more »


WARNING:  This episode of ROOTS may completely alter how we think and do Roots from this episode forward.  Now that that’s outta the way…I love Sublime.  They’re one of those bands I can throw on when I need to be cheered up, especially 40 oz. to Freedom.  Unfortunately, the band’s story succumbed to the fate that many other Rock…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: REO Speedwagon

We’re the type of station that plays the WAGON, so dentists in Missouri should be listening if they’re on vacation to the area!  That’s an Ozark, the Jason Bateman Netflix show joke.  If you’re not watching Ozark, what’s wrong with you!  And even if you don’t, you’ll understand that reference a little more after you listen to today’s…Read more »


Lenny Kravitz is a great artist discuss ‘Roots’ on because Lenny is all about Roots!  He wears his influences on his sleeve, and for three decades has been providing his version of 60s/70s rock/pop and soul.  But like many artists, he stayed in his comfort zone too long.  His first 3 albums (especially Let Love Rule…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB CLASSIC ALBUM: Grateful Dead ‘American Beauty’

Honestly speaking, the Grateful Dead is one of my weaker spots in music knowledge.  I’ve just never got into the Dead, despite college, roommates and friends best attempts.  But for me to ignore their importance on music and leave them out of roots would be asinine.  Plus, ROBB is a HUGE Deadhead!  The stories he…Read more »

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 »


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 »


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 »