The Cosmic American

For the Love of Rock n' Roll and its Roots

The Cosmic American is in love with rock n’ roll and its roots: the music, the stories, the personalities, the variety. We share that love via articles, reviews of albums and live shows, interviews, and radio shows/podcasts.


We have a dual focus. One is on legends, the big personalities who have proven themselves through timeless music. The other is new bands that are making vital music. We especially want to highlight DIY and independent artists of all genres that are working hard to make it in an uncompromising, oversaturated music world.


What exactly is rock n’ roll and its roots? It’s difficult to pin down, so we basically don’t.

Our scope includes rock from its inception to today, country, blues, jazz, indie, alternative rock, and a smattering of rap, metal, and classical.

Simply, if you follow us, you’ll have a better taste in music.

Here is a random list of bands and musicians we love that define The Cosmic American:


The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Pink Floyd, The Band, Howling Wolf, Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones, Patsy Cline, The Byrds, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, Marty Stuart, Son House, the Alabama Shakes, Roy Orbison, Sonny Boy Williamson, Uriah Heep, Charlie Parker, Jack White, the Marvelettes, KRS-One, Little Richard, Badfinger, Pete Seeger, the Grateful Dead, Waylon Jennings, Frank Sinatra, Neil Young, Cracker, Black Sabbath, James Brown, Duke Ellington, Son Volt, Merle Haggard, Sleepy John Estes, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, Nas, Yes, Bing Crosby, Gustav Holst, Woody Guthrie, Wilco, Marvin Gaye, Gram Parsons, Mamie Smith, Television, Buddy Guy, Brother Ali, Silverback Trio, Carl Perkins, the Temptations, Parliament/Funkadelic, Chuck Berry, Buffy Sainte Marie, Louis Armstrong, Bruce Springsteen, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Johnson, the Carter Family, Uncle Dave Macon, Barbecue Bob, Jerry Lee Lewis