Folk & Bluegrass
Folk & Bluegrass
John Fahey at the Great American Music Hall
Great American Music Hall | Aug 8, 1975
This 1975 performance is full of Fahey's acoustic magic, with a big warm sound that will make you think you're inside his guitar.
Ralph Stanley's Virginia Soul Music
Newport Folk Festival | Jul 27, 1968
The bluegrass pioneer leads his Clinch Mountain Boys through an invigorating set at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival.
Folk & Bluegrass
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.
Bessie Jones at Ash Grove, '63
Jun 21, 1963
The folk and gospel singer joins the Georgia Sea Island Singers on the spiritual "I Know I Got Religion" and the joyful "So Glad I'm Here."
An Intimate Jimmy Buffett Session
Oct 24, 1974
As we head into proper winter and the mercury drops, let lifelong beach bum Jimmy Buffett take you to a warmer place.
Arlo Guthrie's Social Commentary
Jul 26, 1968
The son of folk legend Woody Guthrie performs humorous monologues about the FBI and beach rules in California at the '68 Newport Folk Fest.
Don McLean at the Bottom Line
Feb 18, 1977
The genius singer-songwriter most famous of course for "American Pie" performs that #1 hit among many other great tunes in this set from '77.
Charles River Valley Boys Nor'East-Grass
Jul 27, 1968
The Cambridge, Massachusetts group performs "Mule Skinner Biues," "Gone Home" and a bluegrass version of the Beatles' "Paperback Writer."
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.
Indigo Girls in Salinas, CA
May 27, 1995
Georgians Amy Ray and Emily Saliers created the duo back in their college days. Listen to them 15 years later at the Laguna Seca Raceway!
The Adventures of Bela Fleck
The Grammy-winning banjo virtuoso just released his orchestral
. Hear him with New Grass Revival and the Flecktones.
The Wood Brothers' Engaging Americana
Jul 17, 2012
MM&W bassist Chris Wood and guitar-playing brother Oliver blend sweet vocal harmonies in this 2012 live recording at Daytrotter Studio.
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.
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.
Bela Fleck & the Flectones at Maxx's
Dec 9, 1990
The banjo ace leads his bluegrass-funk-jazz band on "Flying Saucer Dudes" and others from
Flight of the Cosmic Hippo
in this 1990 set.
Tracy Chapman Solo in 1989
May 27, 1989
Not many solo performers can captivate an audience like Tracy Chapman does here. With only her voice and a guitar, she takes command of Oakland Stadium.
Playlist: Tim & Jeff Buckley
Although both father and son would die too young, their music still endures. Music created by talented dudes and their guitars always will.
Burrito Brother Rick Roberts Flying Solo
Mar 11, 1974
Three years after his contribution to the Flying Burrito Brothers' self-titled album, Roberts delivered a classic performance in Cambridge, MA.
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.
Woody Guthrie Tunes
This playlist of Woodie Guthrie songs includes performances by The Byrds, Wilco, Joan Baez, and more.
Uncut: John Hartford All By Himself
Jun 19, 1974
Hear the renegade banjoist, fiddler, guitarist, vocalist and humorist in this joyful unaccompanied set from Amazing Grace in 1974.
Songs of Texas with Mance Lipscomb
May 6, 1966
Enjoy a glimpse of the 19th century folk-songster tradition with this 1963 Ash Grove set.
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."
CSNY's Heavenly Harmonies
Jun 4, 1970
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young blend beautifully on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Teach Your Children" and "Tell Me Why" in this 1970 Fillmore set.
Jackie DeShannon and Ry Cooder
Sep 3, 1963
Hear the soon-to-be-hitmaker sing a setlist of folk and blues standards at this 1963 Ash Grove show, accompanied by a 16-year-old Ry Cooder on guitar.
Boys of the Lough: Good Friends, Good Music
Apr 22, 1977
The Scottish-Irish band performs enchanting Celtic tunes in this 1977 concert from San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.
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.
New City Lost Ramblers at Ash Grove
Mike Seeger leads the New York-based string band on old-timey tunes like "Hot Corn, Cold Corn" and "Wild And Western Hobo."
The Avett Brothers at Big Orange Studios
Jul 27, 2009
The North Carolina band's latest,
, was just nominated for a Grammy for Best Americana Album. Hear them in a 2009 session.
The Resonance of Cris Williamson
Mar 10, 1973
With her powerful pipes and still-relevant message, Cris Williamson's voice rings out loud and clear from this 1973 concert.
Jonny Fritz and The Devil Makes Three
The two artists will play a handful of dates together this Fall. See them live if you can, hear them here now.
Eric Shoenberg Picks on the Beatles
Sep 2, 1976
The fingerstyle acoustic guitarist plays "Here, There and Everywhere," "Blackbird" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" in this 1976 set.
Video: Carolina Chocolate Drops
Jul 31, 2011
The old-time string band won a Grammy for their 2010 album
Genuine Negro Jig
. See them at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.
Leo Kottke's 6- and 12-String Brilliance
May 19, 1973
The acoustic guitar virtuoso plays dazzling versions of his instrumentals "Bean Time," "June Bug" and "Busted Bicycle" in 1973.
New Release: Clifton Chenier in NOLA
Apr 23, 1970
The King of Zydeco brings his infectious southwestern Louisiana sound to the inaugural New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1970.
J.D. Souther On His Own
Nov 30, 1975
After penning tunes for The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and more, J.D. Souther ventured out as a solo artist in '75. Hear him months before his debut release.
Joan Baez at Newport Folk Fest
Jul 26, 1968
In 1968, before she was a part of the Rolling Thunder Review, Baez was performing her beautiful blend of folk solo.
Crosby, Stills & Nash's Heavenly Harmonies
The three voices blend beautifully on unplugged versions of "Change Partners," "Wooden Ships" and a cover of the Beatles' "Blackbird" in '73.
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?
Trey Anastasio Flies Solo
Aug 2, 2008
Phish's guitarist-frontman plays unadorned acoustic versions of "Bathtub Gin," "Chalk Dust Torture" and "Water in the Sky" at Newport.
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.
Jose Feliciano at the Ash Grove
Sep 26, 1964
The pioneering Latino crossover artist showcases his passionate vocals and incredible classical guitar technique in this eclectic set from 1964.
Richie Havens at Newport Folk, 2008
Aug 2, 2008
The iconic troubadour performs Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower," Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" and Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" in this video.
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.
Video: Doug Paisley at the Living Room
Aug 29, 2011
The Toronto-based singer-songwriter performs compelling tunes from his 2010 album
in the intimacy of this NYC club.
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.
U. Utah Phillips, Radical Raconteur
Dec 12, 1974
The folksinger, storyteller and labor organizer performs Woody Guthrie's "Bread And Roses" and his "Casey Jones, Union Scab" in 1974.
New Video: Crosby, Stills, Nash and... Kantner?
The original super group gets some additional help from the Jefferson Airplane singer-guitarist on a song he co-wrote, "Wooden Ships."
Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center
Nov 19, 2001
The folk singer-songwriter performs symphonic versions of "This Land Is Your Land," "Goodnight Irene" and others in this 2001 concert.
Two guitars, Two Voices: The Milk Carton Kids
Oct 31, 2011
This minimalist duo from SoCal will win you over with their perfectly blended harmonies layered over beautifully twangy guitar licks in this Daytrotter set.
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.
The Prolific Pen of Paul Simon
Hear the Queens-born singer-songwriter perform tunes from
One Trick Pony
along with classics with partner Art Garfunkel.
Merle Travis at the Ash Grove
Nov 21, 1965
Get ready for some of the most impressive pickin' you're ever likely to hear.
Neil Young Flies Solo
The singer-songwriter performs intimate renditions of "Heart Of Gold," "After the Gold Rush" and "Cowgirl in the Sand" in a two-hour playlist.
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