Blues
  1. Blues: Video: Susan Tedeschi at Newport, '07 Video: Susan Tedeschi at Newport, '07 Aug 12, 2007 The guitarist-singer-songwriter plays a smoldering "Just Won't Burn" and wails on her soulful shuffle number "Feeling Music Brings."
  2. Blues: Freddie King Cookin' at the Ash Grove Freddie King Cookin' at the Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 The Texas Cannonball stretches out on a medley of Jimmy Rogers' "That's Alright" and his own instrumental hit "Hide Away" in this '70 set.
  3. Blues: The Mysterious Case of Leon Redbone The Mysterious Case of Leon Redbone May 13, 1976 Not much is known of where he came from, but one thing is for certain - the man sure can play a mean guitar.
  4. Blues: Peter Green With Fleetwood Mac Peter Green With Fleetwood Mac Jun 8, 1968 The former guitarist for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers showcases his new group in this 1968 concert, back when they were a stone blues band.
  5. Blues: Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's Downhome Style Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's Downhome Style The influential Delta bluesman performs his biggest hit, "That's Alright Mama," in this 1973 concert.
  6. Blues: Mance Lipscomb at Ash Grove Mance Lipscomb at Ash Grove Dec 5, 1964 The iconic Texas country blues guitarist-singer asks the musical question "How Many Biscuits Can You Eat?" in this 1965 concert.
  7. Blues: Video: Albert King's Bluespower Video: Albert King's Bluespower Jun 18, 1982 The late, great bluesman unleashes his mighty string-bending prowess in this 1982 concert with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers.
  8. Blues: Johnny 'Guitar' Watson at Tramps, '95 Johnny 'Guitar' Watson at Tramps, '95 Feb 17, 1995 The funky bluesmeister wails on "Doing Wrong Woman" and "Ain't That a Bitch," then closes out this late night set with "Gangster of Love."
  9. Blues: The Grateful Dead Play The Blues The Grateful Dead Play The Blues The Dead were known for mining the archives of American music for buried treasures of traditional blues songs. Here are a few of their best blues covers.
  10. Blues: Skip James' Moody Blues Skip James' Moody Blues Jun 27, 1968 The enigmatic Delta bluesman plays "Devil Got My Woman," "I'm So Glad" before joining the Staples Singers on "God Is Real" in 1968.
  11. Blues: Canned Heat at the Felt Forum Canned Heat at the Felt Forum Aug 24, 1979 The boogie kings rock New York with "On the Road Again," "Amphetamine Annie," "Goin' Up the Country" and "Woodstock Boogie" in 1979.
  12. Blues: Mississippi John Hurt Mississippi John Hurt Jul 5, 1964

    Mississippi John Hurt is truly in a category of his own and one of the most lyrical and endearing country blues artists who ever lived.

  13. Blues: Video: John Lee Hooker at Newport, '91 Video: John Lee Hooker at Newport, '91 Aug 17, 1991 The Mississippi-born boogie man performs "Backstabbers" and "Baby Lee" and is joined by boogie disciple John Hammond on "Highway 13."
  14. Blues: Skip James' Ominous Delta Blues Skip James' Ominous Delta Blues Jun 27, 1968 The enigmatic guitarist accompanies his eerie falsetto vocals on moody numbers like "Devil Got My Woman" and "Cherry Ball Blues" in 1968.
  15. Blues: Albert King Remembered Albert King Remembered Jun 27, 1971 20 years after his death, Albert King's memory is honored not only by his induction to the Rock Hall of Fame, but with amazingly soulful sets like this.
  16. Blues: Rory Gallagher's Irish Blues Rory Gallagher's Irish Blues Apr 4, 1974 Although he was never a household name like some of his contemporaries, Rory Gallagher's playing stacked up with the best. This show from '74 is proof.
  17. Blues: Gregg Allman & Dickey Betts Unplugged Gregg Allman & Dickey Betts Unplugged Dec 11, 1981 The two iconic Southern rockers are joined by fellow ABB guitarist Dan Toler in this intimate studio jam with three acoustic guitars.
  18. Blues: Just Added: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, '73 Just Added: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, '73 Feb 15, 1973 The legendary guitarist and harmonica ace team up on "Stormy Monday," "Born Under a Bad Sign" and others at the Shaboo Inn in Connecticut.
  19. Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan's Righteous Riffs Stevie Ray Vaughan's Righteous Riffs Sep 21, 1985 The late Texas guitar hero unleashes his fabled chops on "Say What!" and other tunes from Soul to Soul in this 1985 concert video.
  20. Blues: Otis Rush at Tramps, 1993 Otis Rush at Tramps, 1993 Oct 15, 1993 The lefty guitarist from the raw West Side Chicago school plays his signature tunes "All Your Love (I Miss Lovin')" and "Double Trouble."
  21. Blues: Otis Rush Has a Natural Ball Otis Rush Has a Natural Ball May 20, 1994 The legendary lefty guitarist and soulful singer from Chicago brings his gritty West Side sound to New York's Tramps in this 1994 set.
  22. Blues: Big Mama Thornton at Newport, '69 Big Mama Thornton at Newport, '69 Jul 18, 1969 The earthy singer and harmonica player performs her signature tunes "Ball and Chain," "Hound Dog" and "Rock Me Baby" at the Folk Fest.
  23. Blues: Winter at Winterland: Butterfield Blues Band Winter at Winterland: Butterfield Blues Band Sep 30, 1966 Hear the original BBB lineup in '66 - featuring Elvin Bishop & Howlin' Wolf's rhythm section - establishing influence over the San Francisco sound.
  24. Blues: Ten Years After, 1975 Ten Years After, 1975 Aug 4, 1975 Alvin Lee brings Woodstock to Winterland as he reprises his star-making guitar jam.
  25. Blues: Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues Jul 16, 1955 Dinah Washington may not have received wide mainstream attention, but here Queen status is well earned in this sultry set from 1955.
  26. Blues: Jesse Fuller's One-Man Band Jesse Fuller's One-Man Band Jul 18, 1969 The Bay Area bluesman plays 12-string guitar, kazoo, percussion and sings simultaneously in this set from the 1969 Newport Folk Festival.
  27. Blues: Son House at Ash Grove, '68 Son House at Ash Grove, '68 Mar 2, 1968 The Delta bluesman plays gritty versions of Charley Patton's "Pony Blues" and the gospel tune "Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You?"
  28. Blues: The Slide Guitar That Started It All The Slide Guitar That Started It All Jul 27, 1968

    It's a short but searing performance by the blues man that coached Bonnie Raitt. Get lost under the hypnotic spell of Mississippi Fred McDowell's slide guitar.

  29. Blues: Bonnie Raitt's Blues and Folk Blend Bonnie Raitt's Blues and Folk Blend Aug 25, 1973 Raitt is humbled by the amazing audience response to her playing in this 1973 set which includes her re-imagining of Randy Newman's "Guilty."
  30. Blues: Memphis Slim's Deep Blue Testifying Memphis Slim's Deep Blue Testifying Jul 1, 1965 The pianist and blues shouter is joined by bassist Willie Dixon and special guest Pete Seeger in this 1965 Newport Jazz Festival concert.
  31. Blues: Savoy Brown's Boogie 'n Blues Savoy Brown's Boogie 'n Blues Nov 24, 1975 Guitarist Kim Simmonds, who founded the U.K. blues-rock band in 1965 and is still going strong at age 65, lends his fiery licks to this 1975 set.
  32. Blues: The Blues of Willie Dixon The Blues of Willie Dixon Dec 13, 1973 Willie Dixon brought a group of Chicago blues greats with him to San Francisco for this energetic romp.
  33. Blues: Jimmy Reed Remembered Jimmy Reed Remembered Celebrate the life and work of the bluesman with covers of his music by Steve Miller, Link Wray and more.
  34. Blues: Bonnie Raitt, from Folk to Blues Bonnie Raitt, from Folk to Blues Aug 25, 1973 Bonnie Raitt highlights her shift from coffee shop folkie to formidable blues musician at the Lenox Music Inn in 1973.
  35. Blues: Etta James at Tramps, '93 Etta James at Tramps, '93 Nov 3, 1993 The powerful singer blends R&B, rock and blues on her classics "At Last," "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Your Good Thing Is About to End."
  36. Blues: Son Seals at the Bottom Line Son Seals at the Bottom Line Jan 10, 1978 The Chicago bluesman unleashes his stinging guitar chops and roaring vocals on "Hot Sauce" and "Mother-in-Law Blues" in this '78 set.
  37. Blues: J.B. Hutto at Ash Grove, 1966 J.B. Hutto at Ash Grove, 1966 The slide guitarist-singer delivers in typically raw fashion on "Combination Boogie," "Tin Pan Alley" and "Kansas City" in this playlist.
  38. Blues: The Loading Zone Brings in the Horns The Loading Zone Brings in the Horns Feb 10, 1968 The Loading Zone meld genres in this 1967 set where their horn section gives a funky flavor to their blues rock sound.
  39. Blues: Mance Lipscomb at the Ash Grove Mance Lipscomb at the Ash Grove Dec 4, 1964 Hear the real old-time blues tradition, finger-picked and sung by a man old enough to have been Robert Johnson's father.
  40. Blues: Luke "Long Gone" Miles at the Ash Grove Luke "Long Gone" Miles at the Ash Grove Jan 16, 1966 Miles collaborates here with lifelong blues devotee Bernie Pearl, brother of Ash Grove owner Ed Pearl, with both men taking cues from Lightinin' Hopkins.
  41. Blues: Uncut: Alvin Lee in '94 Uncut: Alvin Lee in '94 Oct 21, 1994 Enjoy this long set of the great blues guitarist rockin' Tramps, twenty years after the end of Ten Years After.
  42. Blues: Aretha Franklin at the Fillmore West Aretha Franklin at the Fillmore West Mar 7, 1971 The Queen of Soul is at the top of her game in this 1971 show, the last of a three night run. Feel it through your speakers.
  43. Blues: 'Goodbye, Newport Blues' 'Goodbye, Newport Blues' Jul 3, 1960 This not-to-be-missed show is a symposium on the blues moderated by Langston Hughes and featuring Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker & more.
  44. Blues: J.B. Hutto & the Hawks at Ash Grove J.B. Hutto & the Hawks at Ash Grove Dec 31, 1966 The Chicago slide guitar king brings in the New Year in raucous fashion, along with Long Gone Miles, in this concert from Dec. 31, 1966.
  45. Blues: Video: Ben Harper at Jackson Hole Video: Ben Harper at Jackson Hole Aug 16, 2008 The folk-blues-reggae singer-songwriter performs his pro-weed anthem "Burn One Down" with the Innocent Criminals in this 2008 set.
  46. Blues: Lou Rawls in a Blues Bag Lou Rawls in a Blues Bag With his deep baritone voice, the Chicago-born singer (who would've been 81 today) was comfortable in any style. Hear him get bluesy.
  47. Blues: Corky Siegel's Buoyant Blues 'n Boogie Corky Siegel's Buoyant Blues 'n Boogie Dec 1, 1975 The Chicago-born pianist-harmonica ace plays Jimmy Reed's "Take Out Some Insurance" and his own "Hey, Billie Jean" in this 1975 solo set.
  48. Blues: James Cotton Goes Solo James Cotton Goes Solo Nov 25, 1966 Blues harp ace James Cotton left Muddy Waters' band in 1966 to form his own group. Hear them opening for the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore.
  49. Blues: Robben Ford & The Blue Line in Japan Robben Ford & The Blue Line in Japan Nov 14, 1991 The guitarist plays "Talk to Your Daughter," "Help the Poor" and "Ain't Got Nuthin' But the Blues" in this '92 set from Festival Hall in Osaka.
  50. Blues: The Record Company Unplugged The Record Company Unplugged Jan 27, 2016 The punk-edged blues trio from L.A. plays acoustic versions of "Off the Ground" and "Turn Me Loose" in this video from NYC's Paste Studios.
  51. Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Strictly the Blues Stevie Ray Vaughan, Strictly the Blues The late Texas guitar hero channels his inner Albert King on smoldering and searing tracks like "Texas Flood" and "Cold Shot" in this playlist.
  52. Blues: Robert Cray's Stinging Licks Robert Cray's Stinging Licks Apr 26, 1987 The guitarist-singer performs "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door" from his breakthrough album, Strong Persuader, in this 1987 concert.

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