Many music fans salivate at the mention of those who presaged the concept of roots-consciousness. Gram Parsons, one of Americana's forefathers, envisioned "cosmic American music" (his words), a holy blend of country, rhythm & blues, rock 'n' roll, and gospel. Why Taj Mahal is not more often mentioned as a "roots progenitor" is a mystery, as his approach has encompassed electric and acoustic blues, blues origins in African music, gospel, and assorted Caribbean, Hawaiian, and Afro-Latin styles,... More >>>