Folk & Bluegrass
Folk & Bluegrass
The Possum Hunters at Ash Grove
Ash Grove | Jul 27, 1967
The old-timey string band revivalists premiere tunes from their album
Death on Lee Highway & Other Southern Lullabies
in this 1967 set.
46th Annual Bill Monroe Festival June 9-16
Ash Grove | May 20, 1967
Over 50 bluegrass bands will convene at Bean Blossom 2012 in June to celebrate Bill Monroe's legacy. You can too - listen to the Bluegrass Boys in their prime in 1967.
Folk & Bluegrass
John Hartford Meets the Bray Brothers
Jun 19, 1974
The family band from Champaign-Urbana joins the gifted fiddler on tunes like "Katy Hill" and "Come Back Darling" at Amazingrace in 1974.
Queen Ida's Zydeco Dance Party
Jul 1, 1988
The Louisiana Creole accordionist works the crowd at the '88 Newport Folk Fest with her infectious "Chere Du Lu" and "Ailons En Louisiane."
Video: The Chapin Sisters at Paste Studios
Jan 11, 2016
Abigail and Lily, daughters of Thomas Chapin and nieces of the late Harry Chapin, blend harmony vocals on "Autumn" and "Angeleno."
Art Garfunkel at Royal Albert Hall
Apr 22, 1988
Art Garfunkel's smooth tenor, accompanied by Nicky Hopkins on piano, sounds as good as ever on this recording from London's Royal Albert Hall in 1988.
Poetry and Music With Don McLean
Jan 25, 1982
Don McLean reads Paul Anka's "It Don't Matter Anymore" and sings his own melodic poetry for fellow New Yorkers at this rare tribute concert.
Billy Bragg's Daytrotter Session, 2013
May 21, 2013
The British troubadour performs "No One Knows Nothing Anymore," "Handyman Blues" and others from his
Tooth & Nail
in this solo set.
Uncut: Buckwheat Zydeco at Tramps
Feb 24, 1996
The accordianist-vocalist brings his Ils Son Partis Band up from Western Louisiana for this 1996 dance concert in the heart of NYC.
Don McLean at the Bottom Line, '77
Feb 18, 1977
The singer-songwriter performs his classic "American Pie" along with Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" in this intimate solo set.
Playlist: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
Lyons, CO (aka "the Nashville of the Rockies") hosts the 22nd annual RMFF. Hear selected performers from the 2012 lineup.
Don McLean Incites a Sing-Along
Feb 18, 1977
It doesn't take much coaxing from Don McLean to get this crowd at The Bottom Line to join in on the chorus to his magnum opus, "American Pie."
Paul Kantner's Wooden Ships at McCabe's
Oct 26, 1991
The guitarist and singer famous for his influential electric sounds performs unplugged in the intimate Santa Monica guitar store in 1991.
Dry City Scat Band at Ash Grove, '64
Jul 12, 1964
Hear a 19-year-old David Lindley playing banjo on "Green Scruggs," "Uncle Pen" and other old-timey tunes with this L.A-based quartet.
Jill Sobule's Daytrotter Session
Jul 11, 2013
The solo singer-songwriter wonders whatever happened to "Bobbie Gentry" and sings her anthemic "Mexican Wrestler" in this 2013 set.
Olatunji's Drums of Passion
Jan 5, 1986
Hear the Nigerian percussion master in a riveting performance from 1986 at Bill Graham's club Wolfgang's.
Dylan's First US Hit, Re-imagined
Nov 7, 2007
48 years ago today, Dylan broke onto the US Top 40 charts with 'Subterranean Homesick Blues.' Hear Dan Hicks' version in 2007.
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.
2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 3
The granddaddy of all festivals closes today with performances by First Aid Kit, Lord Huron, Laura Marling, Blake Miles, Field Report and more.
New Grass Revival in Nashville
Jan 12, 1985
Banjo ace Bela Fleck joins mandolinist Sam Bush and the members of this bluegrass superband in a 1985 set from Vanderbilt University.
2012 Vault Favorites: Folk & Bluegrass
These 10 whooping folk & boot-stomping bluegrass tunes were CV.org's most streamed and downloaded of 2012.
Vassar Clements Meets Jethro Burns
Nov 24, 1973
The great fiddler squares off with the mandolin maestro on "Please Release Me," "Take the A Train" and "Orange Blossom Special" in this uncut '73 set.
Shovels & Rope Heading to Newport
Jul 31, 2012
As the 2013 Newport Folk Fest lineup begins to trickle in, listen to this excellent 2012 Daytrotter session from recently added artists, Shovels & Rope.
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."
The Earl Scruggs Revue Pick The Blues
Sep 30, 1972
Earl Scruggs kicks off this short set with a bluesy-bluegrass take on the Don Nix classic "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (But Nobody Wants To Die)."
Bob Dylan & Joan Baez Together Again, 1975
The two folk icons blend voices on "Never Let Me Go," "Water Is Wide" and "Mama, You Been On My Mind" on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
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.
Kris Kristofferson Sings to Sinead
Nov 4, 2009
Can you believe it's been 20 years since Sinead O'Connor tore up the pope's pic on
? Hear Kristofferson's message to "that bald-headed brave little girl".
Richie Havens in 1976
Sep 12, 1976
Hear his rearranged cover of the Doobie Bros. "Long Train Runnin'." The gentle giant's music resonates as strongly now as it did before he passed.
Hamza el Din Hypnotizes
Jan 17, 1970
You can hear the flow of the Nile when el Din plays his oud. Fall under the Sudanese folk musician's spell during this 1970 Ash Grove set.
Celia Cruz & Willie Colon Together
Mar 22, 1980
The Queen of Salsa sings "A Papa," "Zambullete," "Quimbara" and other favorites with the Nuyorican bandleader in this fiery set from 1980.
Just Added: Maria Muldaur at Wesleyan
Dec 1, 1972
The rootsy singer and '60s folk revivalist performs tunes by Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie Johnson in this 1972 concert.
Kentucky Colonels at Ash Grove, '65
Apr 6, 1965
Guitar picker Clarence White (later with the Byrds) and mandolinist brother Roland blend on a rollicking set of burning instrumental and vocal numbers.
Iris DeMent Sings for Berkeley
May 15, 1998
Hear Iris DeMent serenade this grateful '98 Berkeley gathering, and get ready for her new album
Sing The Delta
, available this week.
Pentangle's Baroque Folk
May 29, 1970
The eclectic quintet, featuring guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, blends early British folk music with jazz, rock and blues in a 1970 set.
2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 1
The 57th edition of the grandaddy of all music festivals kicks off with Iron & Wine, Watkins Family Hour, Calexico and others.
Tim Buckley at Newport, 1968
Jul 28, 1968
This 1968 Newport performance reveals Buckley just beginning to create the new musical hybrid that would anchor his legacy.
James Taylor at Carnegie Hall, '74
May 26, 1974
The troubadour sings classics "Fire and Rain" and "Carolina in My Mind" and is joined by wife Carly Simon on their hit single "Mockingbird."
New Release: Arlo Guthrie, Newport Folk '68
Jul 26, 1968
This hi-fi Arlo Guthrie recording is a stunning example of his hilarious counter-culture commentary. Download his Vault debut today.
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
Oct 11, 2009
The hilarious comedian also happens to be a brilliant banjo player. See him play "Pitkin County Turnaround" and others in this 2009 concert.
Remembering Phil Ochs
Jul 2, 1967
One of the most potent voices for the anti-Vietnam war movement of the '60s was silenced in 1976. Hear him in classic form in this 1967 Ash Grove set.
Video: Femi Kuti at Newport 2000
The son of legendary Afro-beat pioneer, Fela Kuti, follows in his father's footsteps with his own infectious brand of Nigerian dance music.
Indigo Girls at Laguna Seca Days
May 27, 1995
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers perform tunes from
and old faves like "Closer to Fine" and "Tried to Be True."
Kristin Hersh on Her Own, '98
Apr 11, 1998
The former leader of alt-rock group Throwing Muses premieres stirring material from her solo album
at McCabe's Guitar Shop.
Video: Chris Thile and Michael Daves 2011
May 17, 2011
Mandolin virtuoso Thile, whose
Bass and Mandolin
was just released, performs with guitarist-singer Daves at the Paste offices in Georgia.
Peter Lang's Fingerstyle Genius
Jul 14, 1976
The accomplished 12-string acoustic guitarist performs "Round Worm Reel" and offers humorous between-songs banter in this 1976 set.
Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley, 1963
Mar 7, 1963
An amazing performance from two true folk music pioneers.
David Bromberg at Amazingrace, '73
Jan 25, 1973
The bluegrass guitar picker-singer and blues scholar plays "Sitting On Top of the World," "Man of Constant Sorrow" and other acoustic gems.
New to the Vault: Harry Chapin
Oct 21, 1978
The square-jawed singer/songwriter/activist pals around with Chevy Chase and sings a host of his many hits in this 1978 video concert.
NEW: Jimmy Spheeris in Springfield, '73
Apr 24, 1973
The Phoenix-born solo troubadour performs "Shirtful of Apples" and "Sweet Wahini Mama" from album
The Original Tap Dancing Kid
Spider John Koerner, Minnesotan Troubadour
Feb 1, 1967
Listen to an early influence and old friend of Bob Dylan playing a rambling set of folk & blues tunes at the Ash Grove in 1967.
Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers
Jun 20, 1963
The gospel singer leads the a cappella group on spiritual numbers and a unique arrangement of "Hesitation Blues" in this 1963 Ash Grove set.
Joan Baez's Ageless Folk
Sep 3, 1972
Joan Baez encourages nonviolence and soulful singing with a concert that receives a standing ovation for an unprepared number.
Leftover Salmon's Eclectic Grooves
Sep 5, 1998
The bluegrass-funk-rock-Cajun band performs their stoner anthem "Wake and Bake" and mashes "Hotel California" with "Rocky Top" in '98.
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