Folk & Bluegrass
  1. Folk & Bluegrass: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in Nashville Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in Nashville Jan 12, 1985 The California country-folk-rock band performs "An American Dream," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and their hit song "Mr. Bojangles."
  2. Folk & Bluegrass: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Hippy Roots The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Hippy Roots Apr 24, 1971 The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has made a name for themselves in country and bluegrass, but this 1971 set reveals their electric roots.
  3. Folk & Bluegrass: NEW: Jimmy Spheeris in Springfield, '73 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Folk & Bluegrass: Art Garfunkel's Rift With Paul Simon Art Garfunkel's Rift With Paul Simon Apr 22, 1988 This solo show was recorded during a dry spell in Garfunkel's relationship with Paul Simon, yet he still closes with Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
  6. Folk & Bluegrass: New Release: Dave Van Ronk New Release: Dave Van Ronk Get familiar with "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," and look for the new Coen bros. movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, loosely based on his memoirs.
  7. Folk & Bluegrass: Don't Mess With Rockin' Sidney's Toot Toot Don't Mess With Rockin' Sidney's Toot Toot Nov 6, 1985 The Louisiana zydeco star performs his international hit "My Toot Toot" and "Jalapeno Lena" in this 1985 concert from Hampton, Virginia.
  8. Folk & Bluegrass: Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band's First Show Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band's First Show Aug 29, 1987 At their first public performance, the JGAB delivers a tight set of material, including both Dead rarities and traditional Americana and bluegrass.
  9. Folk & Bluegrass: Judy Collins in San Francisco Judy Collins in San Francisco Aug 24, 1973 Hear the Grammy Award-winning folk singer delight her Bay Area audience at SF's Masonic Auditorium in 1973.
  10. Folk & Bluegrass: Spencer Davis Strips It Down Spencer Davis Strips It Down Feb 12, 1971 After the Spencer Davis Group disbanded in 1969, the band's leader moved to California to record an acoustic record with Peter Jameson. Here they are in '71.
  11. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Dan Fogelberg & Fool's Gold Video: Dan Fogelberg & Fool's Gold The late singer-songwriter and folk-rocker performs tunes from his double platinum, Joe Walsh-produced album Souvenirs in this '76 set.
  12. Folk & Bluegrass: Phil Ochs at Ash Grove, '67 Phil Ochs at Ash Grove, '67 Jul 2, 1967 The '60s protest singer plays politically-tinged tunes like "Draft Dodger Rag" and "I Ain't Marching Anymore" during the Summer of Love.
  13. Folk & Bluegrass: Everly Brothers & Father at '69 Newport Everly Brothers & Father at '69 Newport Jul 19, 1969 Brothers Don and Phil are joined by their fingerpicking pappy Ike in a set of old-timey tunes like "Nellie Gray" and "I Am a Pilgrim."
  14. Folk & Bluegrass: Steve Goodman's Politically-Charged Ditties Steve Goodman's Politically-Charged Ditties Dec 12, 1979 The prolific singer-songwriter unleashes his acerbic wit and pointed observations about current events in this 1979 Great American Music Hall concert.
  15. Folk & Bluegrass: New to the Vault: Harry Chapin 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.
  16. Folk & Bluegrass: Vassar Clements' Hillbilly Jazz Vassar Clements' Hillbilly Jazz May 10, 1976 The great fiddler performs bluegrass classics like "Rocky Top" and "Orange Blossom Special" and Dickey Betts' "Handpicked" in this '76 set.
  17. Folk & Bluegrass: The Adventures of Bela Fleck The Adventures of Bela Fleck The Grammy-winning banjo virtuoso just released his orchestral Juno Concerto. Hear him with New Grass Revival and the Flecktones.
  18. Folk & Bluegrass: Dry City Scat Band at Ash Grove, '64 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.
  19. Folk & Bluegrass: Uncut: John Fahey's Six-String Magic Uncut: John Fahey's Six-String Magic Jul 14, 1976 The enigmatic fingerstyle steel-string acoustic guitar virtuoso takes his Great American Music Hall audience on a trip in this 1976 concert.
  20. 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.
  21. Folk & Bluegrass: Two Generations of Zydeco Kings Two Generations of Zydeco Kings Hear the late Clifton Chenier at the 1970 New Orleans Jazz Festival and his heir to the throne, Buckwheat Zydeco, at Tramps in 1996.
  22. Folk & Bluegrass: Blu-Boppin' with Bela & the Flecktones Blu-Boppin' with Bela & the Flecktones Dec 9, 1990 Bridging bluegrass and be-bop, the original Flecktones made truly innovative and virtuosic music but, most of all, it was fun. Hear the group jam in 1990.
  23. Folk & Bluegrass: New Release: Arlo Guthrie, Newport Folk '68 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.
  24. Folk & Bluegrass: Emmylou Harris at the Taft Theatre Emmylou Harris at the Taft Theatre Mar 22, 1985 Harris was celebrating ten years as a national touring act when this show was recorded in Cincinnati, OH in March of 1985
  25. 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."
  26. Folk & Bluegrass: The White Brothers at Ash Grove The White Brothers at Ash Grove Guitarist Clarence White and mandolinist Roland (aka the New Kentucky Colonels) perform bluegrass favorites in this two-hour playlist.
  27. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Punch Brothers at SXSW, 2012 Video: Punch Brothers at SXSW, 2012 Mar 16, 2012 Mandolinist Chris Thile leads the alt-bluegrass group on Jimmie Rodger's "Brakeman's Blues" and tunes from Who's Feeling Young Now?.
  28. Folk & Bluegrass: Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers 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.
  29. Folk & Bluegrass: The New Lost City Ramblers The New Lost City Ramblers Apr 21, 1963 The NLCR can quickly satisfy your hankering for picking and plucking with this rare performance from 1963.
  30. Folk & Bluegrass: Four for John Henry Four for John Henry Hear Merle Travis, Sonny & Terry, Justin Townes Earle, and Vern & Ray spin powerful tunes based on the American folk legend of John Henry.
  31. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Bela Fleck at Paste Studios Video: Bela Fleck at Paste Studios Apr 5, 2017 The virtuoso plays a haunting minor key version of "The Star Spangled Banner" and tackles one of the Bach Violin Partitas in a solo set.
  32. Folk & Bluegrass: Sam Hinton at the Ash Grove Sam Hinton at the Ash Grove Oct 31, 1964 The folklorist performs songs about American history, including "Damn Yankee Lad" and Woody Guthrie's "Talking Dust Bowl Blues."
  33. Folk & Bluegrass: The Scragg Family at Ash Grove, '65 The Scragg Family at Ash Grove, '65 Jan 1, 1965 Mandolinist-founder Peter Feldmann leads one of California's premier old time bluegrass bands on "Dark as a Dungeon" and "Run Mountain."
  34. 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.
  35. Folk & Bluegrass: John Prine's Thought-Provoking Odes John Prine's Thought-Provoking Odes Aug 25, 1973 Counterculture bard mocks phony patriots ("Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore") and salutes pot smokers ("Illegal Smile").
  36. 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.
  37. Folk & Bluegrass: James Taylor in 1970 James Taylor in 1970 Oct 22, 1970 Recorded only months after his album Sweet Baby James, this set finds the wonderful singer-songwriter taking the stage in Berkeley.
  38. Folk & Bluegrass: King Sunny Ade's African Dance Party King Sunny Ade's African Dance Party Aug 31, 1996 The Nigerian king of juju music (aka, the Minister of Enjoyment) stirs up infectious rhythms with his African Beats at this Tramps concert.
  39. Folk & Bluegrass: The Staple Singers at the Fillmore, '68 The Staple Singers at the Fillmore, '68 Apr 18, 1968 Pops Staples leads his soul-folk family band, featuring daughter Mavis on lead vocals, on socially-conscious tunes like "For What It's Worth."
  40. Folk & Bluegrass: Battle of the Jimmie Driftwood Covers Battle of the Jimmie Driftwood Covers Compare different interpretations of two classic Jimmie Driftwood tunes "Tennessee Stud" and "Battle Of New Orleans"
  41. Folk & Bluegrass: Eric Andersen Plays 'Thirsty Boots' in Queens Eric Andersen Plays 'Thirsty Boots' in Queens Apr 24, 1971 Andersen will feature at Levon Helm's barn in Woodstock this weekend. Catch him now in this '71 performance from St. John's University.
  42. Folk & Bluegrass: Vassar Clements: The Fiddler's Fiddler Vassar Clements: The Fiddler's Fiddler May 10, 1976 Hear Clements electrify the crowd at University of New Hampshire in '76 with his limitless talent. The rest of the band blazes too. Enjoy!
  43. 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.
  44. Folk & Bluegrass: Carolina Chocolate Drops at Daytrotter Carolina Chocolate Drops at Daytrotter May 19, 2011 The foursome from Durham plays "Po' Black Sheep," "Skillet Good and Greasy" and other old-timey string band tunes in this 2011 set.
  45. Folk & Bluegrass: The Pseudo Mountain Boys at Ash Grove The Pseudo Mountain Boys at Ash Grove Los Angeles natives and former high school pals Danny Fefferman and Dave Elson capture an authentic Appalachian feel in this 1967 set.
  46. Folk & Bluegrass: Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center, '01 Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center, '01 Nov 19, 2001 The son of Woody Guthrie performs lush orchestral versions of "This Land Is Your Land" and "Goodnight Irene" and his "Patriot's Dream."
  47. Folk & Bluegrass: Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys May 20, 1967 The Kentucky-born mandolinist, singer, and bluegrass pioneer performs "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" and "Y'all Come" in this '67 set.
  48. Folk & Bluegrass: Christopher Paul Stelling, An Old Soul Christopher Paul Stelling, An Old Soul Aug 30, 2011 The 30 year-old songwriter evokes the joys and sorrows of someone twice his age. Hear him play to a crowded barn last summer.
  49. 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.
  50. Folk & Bluegrass: Indigo Girls at Laguna Seca Days Indigo Girls at Laguna Seca Days May 27, 1995 Amy Ray and Emily Saliers perform tunes from Swamp Ophelia and old faves like "Closer to Fine" and "Tried to Be True."
  51. Folk & Bluegrass: John Denver's Ode to Colorado John Denver's Ode to Colorado Aug 29, 1972 Now that marijuana is flat-out legal in Colorado, feel free to fire one up and fully appreciate John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High".
  52. Folk & Bluegrass: Doc Watson's Backstage Jam Doc Watson's Backstage Jam Jul 27, 1968 The great flatpicker joins an impromptu jam with fiddler Howdy Forrester, banjoist Bill Keith and others at the '68 Newport Folk Festival.

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