Folk & Bluegrass
Folk & Bluegrass
Mississippi John Hurt at the Ash Grove
Ash Grove | Jul 5, 1964
This 1964 set is a great introduction to the folk song collection and impressive guitar playing of this gentle Delta songster who pre-dated the blues.
Echo Mountain Recording | Dec 21, 2011
The electronic music maven performs intimate acoustic versions of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and the hymn "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"
Folk & Bluegrass
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.
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
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.
Suzanne Vega at The Warfield in '87
Aug 6, 1987
Vega has rerecorded her back catalogue (the final installment in the
series arrives this week) including many songs heard in this heartfelt '87 set.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
in this 1994 concert.
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.
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.
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
in this 1984 set.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Video: Angelique Kidjo at Newport, '06
Aug 13, 2006
The Grammy-winning Beninese singer-songwriter performs vibrant tunes from
and a searing cover of Hendrix's "Voodoo Child."
Ani DiFranco at the Hog Farm Pig-Nic
Aug 31, 1996
The iconoclastic singer-songwriter-guitarist-activist-poet performs tunes from
and covers Prince's "When Doves Cry" in this 1996 set.
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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