Folk & Bluegrass
Folk & Bluegrass
Clarence White's Bluegrass Roots
Ash Grove | Apr 1, 1967
The eventual Byrds guitarist shows his flatpicking abilities on acoustic guitar on "Salty Dog Blues" and "Sally Goodin'" with the Whites in 1967.
John Prine's Early Days
Lenox Music Inn | Aug 25, 1973
This John Prine show from '73 is a perfect overview of his early career and contains many of the songs that cemented his reputation as one of the greats.
Folk & Bluegrass
The Punch Brothers' Newgrass
Apr 4, 2012
This group of phenomenal musicians can play traditional bluegrass as well as they can play Beck cover songs - hear both in this Daytrotter session.
Doc Watson at Ash Grove, '65
Apr 13, 1965
The blind North Carolina native was one of the greatest flat pickers of his day. Hear him play "Hobo Bill's Last Ride" and "Deep Elem Blues."
NEW: Eric Andersen at the Shaboo Inn, '75
Oct 1, 1975
The graduate of the '60s Greenwich Village folk scene performs his Civil Rights era anthem "Thirsty Boots" and other tunes from
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.
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!
Vault History: Gordon Lightfoot
Oct 5, 1968
Forty-four years ago today, Gordon Lightfoot played a stellar set, opening for Cold Blood and Canned Heat at the Filmore West in San Francisco.
John C. Reilly: More Than Just an Actor
Aug 8, 2012
The great John C. Reilly has often played a musician on the big-screen, but that doesn't mean the man can't do it for real. This Daytrotter session is proof.
Carole King & James Taylor Duet
Oct 22, 1970
King will receive the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Music, recognizing a lifetime of hits like "Up On The Roof," heard here.
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.
Video: Billy Bragg at SWSW, 2013
Mar 15, 2013
The British troubadour premieres incisive new tunes from
Tooth & Nail
while mocking hipsters in-between songs at the annual Austin bash.
Steve Goodman's Wicked Sense of Humor
Dec 12, 1979
The Mort Sahl of the folk scene flashes his acerbic wit on a set of smart, politically-charged tunes from the Great American Music Hall in 1979.
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 Gospel at Colonus
Sep 17, 1985
The Five Blind Boys of Alabama star in this 1985 production of the Telson-Breuer show based on Sophocles' tragedy
Oedipus the King
Buckwheat Zydeco at Tramps
Feb 24, 1996
The accordian ace leads his West Louisiana band on zydeco renditions of the Stones "Beast of Burden" and Marcia Ball's "Hot Tamale Baby."
L.A. Folk-Country-Rock Playlist
This mix features some of the best performers & songwriters from Laurel Canyon and beyond: Browne, Raitt, CSN&Y, Joni, Emmylou, Zevon, and more.
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.
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."
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.
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.
King Sunny Adé at Tramps, '96
Aug 31, 1996
The leading figure of Nigerian juju music brings his infectious blend of talking drums, guitars, pedal steel guitar and Yoruban vocals to NYC.
Mississippi John Hurt at the 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.
Video: Steve Goodman's Sardonic Ditties
Apr 18, 1976
The guitarist-singer-songwriter performs pointed fare like "Unemployed" along with "City of New Orleans" in this '76 solo set.
Norman Blake, Wizard of the Strings
Jan 24, 1974
The flatpicking guitar genius from Tennessee casts his six-string spell on an Amazing Grace audience in this uncut 1974 concert.
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."
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.
In Remembrance of Richie Havens
Sep 12, 1976
Today the ashes of the music legend will be scattered across the field where the historic Woodstock Festival took place in 1969. Hear him in a '76 concert.
Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature
The voice of a generation was named "for having created new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.” Hear a potent playlist.
Punch Brothers: 21st Century Bluegrass
Mar 16, 2012
Genre-fied as “Progressive Bluegrass," mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile & his group have garnered a lot of attention for their re-imagining of the classic genre.
Murder Ballads Playlist
Here are our favorite twisted tales of jealousy, betrayal, and murder, conveyed in the great folk tradition by Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, Taj Mahal and more.
Earl Scruggs and Sons
Sep 30, 1972
The 5-string master enlisted sons Gary and Randy to update his traditional bluegrass sound following a split with long-time partner Lester Flatt.
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.
Youssou N'Dour in Argentina, '88
Oct 15, 1988
The legendary Senegalese singer-percussionist performs "Mandela," "The Truth" and "The Lion" at the Buenos Aires soccer stadium.
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."
Yonder Mountain String Band Picks 'n Grins
Aug 13, 2012
The Colorado alt-bluegrass band performs the ebullient "Pockets" and the edgy "Rag Doll" in this 2012 set from Asheville, North Carolina.
A Woody Guthrie Tribute at '68 Newport
Jul 28, 1968
Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Oscar Brand, Lee Hays and others sing the songs of the American folk music legend.
Video: The Punch Brothers at SXSW, 2012
Mar 16, 2012
Mandolinist Chris Thile leads the modern bluegrass band on tunes from their third album
Who's Feeling Young Now
at the annual Austin bash.
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!
Norman Blake at Amazingrace, '74
Jan 24, 1974
The virtuoso acoustic guitarist showcases his tremendous flatpicking style on this set of originals and old-timey tunes.
The Majesty of Joni Mitchell
Jun 15, 1986
The singer-songwriter, who is still recovering from a serious illness, performs "The Three Great Stimulants" and "Hejira" in this 1986 video.
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.
The Devil Makes Three
Aug 22, 2010
As DM3 gear up for a busy summer schedule - including July dates with Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - check out their '10 Daytrotter session here.
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.
Pentangle Plays Berkeley, 1970
May 29, 1970
The rootsy British quintet, featuring guitarists John Renbourn and Bert Jansch and singer Jacqui McShee, blends Celtic, blues and jazz flavors.
Del McCoury Band at Tramp's, '98
Mar 13, 1998
Bluegrass Hall of Famer sings a sorrowful "Blue Darlin'" and joins sons Ronnie and Rob on a bluegrassy take on Dylan's "Walk Out in the Rain."
Joan Baez & Bob Dylan Together
Lovers, friends and collaborators blend their voices in song on "Mama, You've Been on My Mind," "I Shall Be Release" and others.
New Release: James Taylor in Atlanta, '81
May 13, 1981
The lanky troubadour plays classics "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," "Fire And Rain" and tunes from his Broadway musical
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.
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.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott's Folky Blues
Aug 25, 1964
This troubadour learned from Woody Guthrie & taught Bob Dylan. Listen to his haunting version of “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out."
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.
The Adventures of Bela Fleck
The Grammy-winning banjo virtuoso just released his orchestral
. Hear him with New Grass Revival 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.
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