Folk & Bluegrass
  1. Folk & Bluegrass: The Real Hedy West The Real Hedy West Aug 9, 1967 The North Georgia native sang – and lived – the tradition that many of her '60s folk revival contemporaries could only observe from the outside.
  2. Folk & Bluegrass: Tim Buckley at '68 Newport Tim Buckley at '68 Newport Jul 28, 1968 The charismatic troubador shows his great vocal range on "The Dolphins" and premieres "Buzzin'" from this 1969 album Happy Sad.
  3. Folk & Bluegrass: The Chambers Brothers at the Ash Grove The Chambers Brothers at the Ash Grove Aug 7, 1964 The four brothers in their pre-psychedelic days as a gospel quartet sing "Summertime," "Can't Buy Me Love" and "When Will I Be Loved?" in 1964.
  4. Folk & Bluegrass: Suzanne Vega at The Warfield in '87 Suzanne Vega at The Warfield in '87 Aug 6, 1987 Vega has rerecorded her back catalogue (the final installment in the Close-Up series arrives this week) including many songs heard in this heartfelt '87 set.
  5. Folk & Bluegrass: New Release: Phil Ochs in '67 New Release: Phil Ochs in '67 Jul 2, 1967 This honest set by Phil Ochs from 1967 includes the Woody Guthrie-inspired protest song, "Maintaining Law and Order."
  6. Folk & Bluegrass: Theodore Bikel, Multicultural Troubador Theodore Bikel, Multicultural Troubador Jul 27, 1968 The ubiquitous actor (The African Queen, The Defiant Ones, Fiddler on the Roof) performs multilingual ditties at the '68 Newport Folk Festival.
  7. Folk & Bluegrass: Phil Ochs in the Summer of '67 Phil Ochs in the Summer of '67 Jul 2, 1967 Presented here is a previously unheard recording of Ochs performing live at the Ash Grove, shortly after his relocation to California during the Summer Of Love.
  8. Folk & Bluegrass: Welcome Back, Joni Mitchell! Welcome Back, Joni Mitchell! Jun 15, 1986 The singer-songwriter, who has been recuperating from an illness, made a rare public appearance this week in L.A. See her in a '86 video.
  9. Folk & Bluegrass: Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, '67 Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, '67 May 20, 1967 The mandolinist-singer and bluegrass pioneer performs "Shenandoah Valley Breakdown" and "My Rose of Old Kentucky" in this Ash Grove set.
  10. Folk & Bluegrass: Randy Newman Sings for the Country Randy Newman Sings for the Country May 13, 1976 Randy Newman has always had an active voice in politics, from this 1976 election year set, to his more obvious new satirical release, "I'm Dreaming."
  11. Folk & Bluegrass: The Five Blind Boys of Alabama Testify The Five Blind Boys of Alabama Testify Jul 8, 1994 Clarence Fountain and Jimmy Carter lead the gospel group on "Brother Moses" and other tunes from Deep River in this 1994 concert.
  12. Folk & Bluegrass: Baby Gramps' Old-Timey 'Hobo Music' Baby Gramps' Old-Timey 'Hobo Music' Aug 31, 1997 Hear the totally unorthodox guitar style and Popeye-like vocals of the engimatic Seattle legend in this '97 Black Oak Ranch set.
  13. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Joan Baez & the Dead Video: Joan Baez & the Dead Dec 31, 1981 The famed folk singer is joined by the Grateful Dead on "Bye Bye Love" and "Me and Bobby McGee" in this '81 New Year's Eve concert.
  14. Folk & Bluegrass: Bruce Cockburn's Central American Muse Bruce Cockburn's Central American Muse Nov 2, 1984 The Canadian singer-songwriter plays the politically-charged "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" and other tunes from Stealing Fire in this 1984 set.
  15. Folk & Bluegrass: Moving Hall Star Singers at Ash Grove, '66 Moving Hall Star Singers at Ash Grove, '66 Apr 23, 1966 The group from the Georgia Sea Islands of South Carolina performs spirituals and folk tunes like "We Shall Overcome" and "I Am a Soldier."
  16. Folk & Bluegrass: New Release: Roscoe Holcomb in L.A., 1963 New Release: Roscoe Holcomb in L.A., 1963 Roscoe Holcomb, the original purveyor of "high and lonesome" Appalachian folk, performs at Los Angeles' legendary Ash Grove in 1963.
  17. Folk & Bluegrass: High Lonesome Sound Playlist High Lonesome Sound Playlist Find hope in these mournful bluegrass tunes by Roscoe Holcomb, Bill Monroe, Del McCoury, Ralph Stanley, Clarence Ashley, and Vern & Ray.
  18. Folk & Bluegrass: Mahalia Jackson in New Orleans Mahalia Jackson in New Orleans Apr 25, 1970 The Queen of Gospel sings spirituals "Down By the Riverside," "How I Got Over" and "I Have a Friend Above All Others" in this 1970 set.
  19. Folk & Bluegrass: Pete Seeger on Campus Pete Seeger on Campus Nov 22, 1972 The folkie, social activist and environmentalist plays "All People That On Earth Do Dwell" and "Garbage" at New England College in this '72 set.
  20. Folk & Bluegrass: Hangtown Halloween Ball Hangtown Halloween Ball Hear newgrass band Railroad Earth with friends Nicki Bluhm, Del McCoury, Delta Spirit & more, together this weekend for a Halloween bash in the Sierra foothills.
  21. Folk & Bluegrass: Joan Baez Dips Into Motown Joan Baez Dips Into Motown Jul 7, 1975 Led by perhaps the most influential bass player of all time, James Jamerson, Baez belts out the Motown classic, "Dancing In The Street."
  22. Folk & Bluegrass: Bela Fleck and The Flecktones Bela Fleck and The Flecktones Dec 9, 1990 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones are known for their limitless chops from banjo to drumitar! Here they play Maxx's on Broadway in a 1990 performance.
  23. Folk & Bluegrass: Loudon Wainwright III Leads with a 'B-Side' Loudon Wainwright III Leads with a 'B-Side' Apr 7, 1978 Loudon Wainwright sure knows how to captivate an audience. From the set opener "B-Side" on, Loudon had this Bottom Line crowd in the palm of his hand.
  24. Folk & Bluegrass: Iris DeMent's 'Let the Mystery Be' Iris DeMent's 'Let the Mystery Be' May 15, 1998 Listen to Iris sing her oft-covered signature tune at this '98 Berkeley show, and catch her at Iowa City's Mission Creek Fest this week if you can!
  25. Folk & Bluegrass: Uncut: John Fahey's Six-String Magic Uncut: John Fahey's Six-String Magic Aug 24, 1974 Hear the enigmatic acoustic guitar genius cast his meditative spell on an Amazingrace audience in this 1974 concert.
  26. Folk & Bluegrass: Livingston Taylor's Packet of Good Times Livingston Taylor's Packet of Good Times Jun 22, 1974 Liv delivers a rock-solid performance in the Taylor family tradition. The inspired covers peppered throughout will keep you guessing & completely satisfied.
  27. Folk & Bluegrass: John Hartford at Amagingrace, 1974 John Hartford at Amagingrace, 1974 Jan 24, 1974 The solo troubadour shifts from banjo to guitar to fiddle on engaging ditties like "Electric Washing Machine" and "The Category Stomp."
  28. Folk & Bluegrass: Olatunji's African Percussion Party Olatunji's African Percussion Party Jan 5, 1986 The master drummer and world music pioneer is joined on stage by longtime supporter Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead in this 1986 concert.
  29. Folk & Bluegrass: Uncut: New Grass Revival, '78 Uncut: New Grass Revival, '78 Jul 27, 1978 The progressive bluegrass band featuring mandolinist Sam Bush and banjoist Courtney Johnson heats up this Amazing Grace crowd.
  30. Folk & Bluegrass: Bela Fleck & The Flecktones at Tramps, '98 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones at Tramps, '98 The innovative banjo virtuoso melds funk, Celtic and jazzgrass in premiering material from the group's Left of Cool.
  31. Folk & Bluegrass: Trey Anastasio Unplugged Trey Anastasio Unplugged Aug 2, 2008 The Phish frontman's Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody opened this past week. Hear him perform solo at the 2008 Newport Folk Festival.
  32. Folk & Bluegrass: Sweet Honey in the Rock's Joyful Blend Sweet Honey in the Rock's Joyful Blend Bernice Johnson Reagon leads the all-woman African-American a cappella ensemble on uplifting tunes in concerts from 1979 to 1990.
  33. Folk & Bluegrass: Earl Scruggs Family Revue at Amazingrace Earl Scruggs Family Revue at Amazingrace May 26, 1972 The iconic banjo player is joined by sons Randy and Gary on Jimmie Rodgers' "T for Texas" and the Beatles' "Lady Madonna."
  34. Folk & Bluegrass: King Sunny Ade & His African Beats King Sunny Ade & His African Beats Jun 24, 1998 The Nigerian juju master leads an infectious mix of talking drums, Yoruban vocals, guitars and pedal steel guitar in this '98 Tramps set.
  35. Folk & Bluegrass: Tracy Chapman Solo in Oakland, '89 Tracy Chapman Solo in Oakland, '89 May 27, 1989 Thisacoustic set features her hit song "Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution" and other tunes from the singer-songwriter's self-titled debut album.
  36. Folk & Bluegrass: Vassar Clements' Frisky Fiddle Vassar Clements' Frisky Fiddle May 10, 1976 The bluegrass icon performs "Rocky Top," "Orange Blossom Special" and the Dickey Betts country-swing tune "Handpicked" in this 1976 concert.
  37. Folk & Bluegrass: Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers Unplugged Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers Unplugged Jul 28, 2013 The California band performs all-acoustic versions of "Till I'm Blue," "A Little Too Late" and "Squeaky Wheel" at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
  38. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Exene Cervenka at SXSW Video: Exene Cervenka at SXSW Mar 17, 2011 The former frontwoman of the '80s L.A. punk band X, who reinvented herself as a folk singer, performs "Already in Love" and "Run Devil Run."
  39. Folk & Bluegrass: Bruce Cockburn Gets Political Bruce Cockburn Gets Political Nov 2, 1984 The Canadian singer-songwriter performs "The Trouble with Normal" and his chilling reflection on war-torn "Nicaragua" in this '84 set.
  40. Folk & Bluegrass: Uncut: Simon & Garfunkel Uncut: Simon & Garfunkel Sep 18, 1981 This reunion concert recorded in Central Park in 1981 was attended by more than 500,000 fans and prompted the duo to go back on tour the following year.
  41. Folk & Bluegrass: Ramblin' Jack Elliott in Berkeley, '98 Ramblin' Jack Elliott in Berkeley, '98 May 15, 1998 The Brooklyn-born cowboy performs Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" and is joined by Bob Weir on the Dead's "Friend of the Devil."
  42. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Punch Brothers at SXSW '12 Video: Punch Brothers at SXSW '12 Mar 16, 2012 The progressive bluegrass quintet fronted by mandolinist-singer Chris Thile showcases tunes from Who's Feeling Young Now?.
  43. Folk & Bluegrass: Joe Heaney's Celtic Charms Joe Heaney's Celtic Charms Nov 18, 1983 The traditional Irish singer from Galway performs a cappella versions of "The Rocks of Bawn," "Red Is the Rose" and "Gaelic Song" in this '83 set.
  44. Folk & Bluegrass: Lucinda Williams at Tramps, '98 Lucinda Williams at Tramps, '98 Jun 30, 1998 The singer-songwriter-guitarist performs "Drunken Angel" and other tunes from her Grammy-winning album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
  45. Folk & Bluegrass: NEW: Jesse Colin Young's Folk-Rock Muse NEW: Jesse Colin Young's Folk-Rock Muse Oct 31, 1973 The singer-songwriter performs "Mornin' Sun," "Evenin'" and "Miss Hesitation" from his album Song for Juli in this 1973 set from Maine.
  46. Folk & Bluegrass: Elizabeth Cotten's Songs and Stories Elizabeth Cotten's Songs and Stories Mar 16, 1976 The singer-songwriter showcases her distinctive guitar style on her signature "Freight Train" and others at the age of 84 in this '76 set.
  47. Folk & Bluegrass: Emmylou Harris in San Francisco Emmylou Harris in San Francisco Nov 30, 1975 Harris & her Hot Band lit up SF's Boarding House in '75. Enjoy Rodney Crowell on guitar & look for the Crowell/Harris album Old Yellow Moon, out now.
  48. Folk & Bluegrass: Jose Feliciano at Ash Grove, 1964 Jose Feliciano at Ash Grove, 1964 Sep 26, 1964 Hear a 19-year-old Feliciano perform solo arrangements of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" and Pete Seeger's "Indian Summer."
  49. Folk & Bluegrass: Jesse Fuller at '69 Newport Folk Festival Jesse Fuller at '69 Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Billed as "The Lone Cat," this one-man band plays guitar, percussion, harmonica, kazoo and sings on "San Francisco Bay Blues" and others.
  50. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Angelique Kidjo at Newport, '06 Video: Angelique Kidjo at Newport, '06 Aug 13, 2006 The Grammy-winning Beninese singer-songwriter performs vibrant tunes from Logozo and a searing cover of Hendrix's "Voodoo Child."
  51. Folk & Bluegrass: Ani DiFranco at the Hog Farm Pig-Nic Ani DiFranco at the Hog Farm Pig-Nic Aug 31, 1996 The iconoclastic singer-songwriter-guitarist-activist-poet performs tunes from Dilante and covers Prince's "When Doves Cry" in this 1996 set.
  52. Folk & Bluegrass: Uncut: Elizabeth 'Libba' Cotten Solo Uncut: Elizabeth 'Libba' Cotten Solo Mar 16, 1976 The self-taught, left-handed fingerstyle guitarist performs her oft-covered tune "Freight Train" at age 83 in this 1976 concert.

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