Folk & Bluegrass
  1. Folk & Bluegrass: Janis Ian Plays for Long Island Janis Ian Plays for Long Island Nov 29, 1975 Ian played a set for a warm home-state audience in 1975, including "At Seventeen", which would earn her the Female Pop Vocal Grammy in '76.
  2. Folk & Bluegrass: Country Joe McDonald at the Fillmore East Country Joe McDonald at the Fillmore East Jun 27, 1971 The political folkie delivers this infamous "Fish Cheer" and performs his "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" in this solo acoustic set from 1971.
  3. Folk & Bluegrass: Jamie Brockett at Amazingrace, 1971 Jamie Brockett at Amazingrace, 1971 Oct 5, 1973 The folk troubadour performs versions of Dylan's "Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat" and his counterculture classic "Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic."
  4. Folk & Bluegrass: James Taylor at the Fillmore East, '71 James Taylor at the Fillmore East, '71 Jan 25, 1971 The lanky troubadour performs solo renditions of his "Country Road" and "Carolina On My Mind" and Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee."
  5. Folk & Bluegrass: Turley Richards Can't Get No Satisfaction Turley Richards Can't Get No Satisfaction Apr 11, 1970 Not many white boys from West Virginia can belt it out like Turley Richards. Listen to him close his set with a wild solo-acoustic rendition of "Satisfaction."
  6. Folk & Bluegrass: Norman Blake, Wizard of the Strings 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.
  7. Folk & Bluegrass: Vintage Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Vintage Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Apr 24, 1971 The hippie bluegrass and country-rock band performs tunes from their influential album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy in this '71 concert.
  8. Folk & Bluegrass: Dave Van Ronk, Mayor of MacDougal Street Dave Van Ronk, Mayor of MacDougal Street Dec 2, 1972 The late folk singer, who inspired the movie Inside Llewyn Davis, covers Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Kurt Weill in this eclectic set.
  9. Folk & Bluegrass: Don McLean at the Bottom Line 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.
  10. Folk & Bluegrass: King Sunny Ade & His African Beats 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.
  11. Folk & Bluegrass: Boys of the Lough: Good Friends, Good Music 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.
  12. Folk & Bluegrass: Eric Schoenberg Picks on the Beatles Eric Schoenberg Picks on the Beatles Sep 2, 1976 The fingerstyle guitarist performs "Here, There And Everywhere" and "My Guitar Gently Weeps" and several rags in this 1976 solo set.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Folk & Bluegrass: Uncle Josh Graves at Amazingrace, 1974 Uncle Josh Graves at Amazingrace, 1974 Jun 1, 1974 The guitarist-singer and Dobro pioneer, a former member of the Foggy Mountain Boys, leads a trio on "Steel Guitar Chimes," "A-11" and others.
  16. Folk & Bluegrass: Pentangle's Baroque Folk 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.
  17. Folk & Bluegrass: Acoustic Bob Dylan Acoustic Bob Dylan It just sounds right when Dylan takes the stage with an acoustic guitar, a harmonica and a microphone.
  18. Folk & Bluegrass: Jill Sobule's Daytrotter Session 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.
  19. Folk & Bluegrass: Richie Haven's at the Bottom Line Richie Haven's at the Bottom Line Feb 16, 1978 The hero of Woodstock entertains an enthusiastic audience with his soulful brand of folk-rock at the famous NYC club.
  20. 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.
  21. Folk & Bluegrass: Uncut: James Taylor in 1990 Uncut: James Taylor in 1990 Oct 4, 1990 The legendary singer-songwriter headed to Austin to play this two hour set of his trademark blend of soothing music.
  22. 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.
  23. Folk & Bluegrass: Jackie DeShannon With 16-y.o. Ry Cooder Jackie DeShannon With 16-y.o. Ry Cooder Sep 3, 1963 19-year-old Jackie DeShannon graces the Ash Grove early in her career, accompanied by now-legendary Ry Cooder at age 16!
  24. Folk & Bluegrass: Jeff Bridges Sings Jeff Bridges Sings Dec 25, 1991 Movie star Jeff Bridges has played many roles, from supervillain Iron Monger to The Dude. Now hear him play guitar at McCabe's in 1991.
  25. Folk & Bluegrass: Hassan Hakmoun's Trance Music Hassan Hakmoun's Trance Music Aug 14, 1994 The New York-based Moroccan musician blends mesmerizing folkloric elements of the Gnawan style with rock elements at Woodstock '94.
  26. Folk & Bluegrass: Vault History: Gordon Lightfoot 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.
  27. Folk & Bluegrass: 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 1 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.
  28. Folk & Bluegrass: Fiddle Master Vassar Clements Fiddle Master Vassar Clements May 10, 1976 Hear the self-taught virtuoso lead his band through this genre-defying 1976 set, mixing elements of bluegrass, country, and everything else.
  29. Folk & Bluegrass: Don McLean in London Don McLean in London Nov 16, 1980 Hear the American Troubadour play with a tight band (including string section) for a packed house at the historic Dominion Theatre in 1980.
  30. Folk & Bluegrass: Bruce Cockburn Gets Political 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.
  31. Folk & Bluegrass: Cousin Emmy at the Ash Grove, '63 Cousin Emmy at the Ash Grove, '63 Jul 5, 1963 The Kentucky-born clawhammer banjo player and singer performs hillbilly tunes like "Crawdad," "Dunkard's Wife" and "Ida Red."
  32. Folk & Bluegrass: The Wood Brothers' Americana Appeal The Wood Brothers' Americana Appeal Guitarist-singer Oliver and bassist Chris blend as only siblings can on soulful originals from their albums Ways Not to Lose and Loaded.
  33. Folk & Bluegrass: Joan Baez & Bob Dylan Duets Joan Baez & Bob Dylan Duets The two kindred spirits and former lovers perform "Blowin' in the Wind" and "I Shall Be Released" on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975.
  34. Folk & Bluegrass: Brandi Carlile Daytrotter Session Brandi Carlile Daytrotter Session Aug 30, 2012 The talented singer-songwriter's lyrics are fantastic and her voice delivers the words beautifully and with a power and clarity that echoes Patsy Cline.
  35. Folk & Bluegrass: Five Blind Boys of Alabama's Sanctified Soul Five Blind Boys of Alabama's Sanctified Soul Jul 8, 1994 Vocalist and co-founder Clarence Fountain leads the gospel group on "Look Where He Brought Me From" and Dylan's "I Believe in You" in '94.
  36. Folk & Bluegrass: The Ragin' Cajun on Campus The Ragin' Cajun on Campus Feb 17, 1973 West Louisiana fiddler and singer Doug Kershaw performs his signature "Diggy Diggy Lo" and "Cajun Joe" at Windham College in this '73 set.
  37. 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.
  38. Folk & Bluegrass: Joan Baez's Ageless Folk 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.
  39. Folk & Bluegrass: The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band Debuts The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band Debuts Aug 29, 1987 25 years ago today, Jerry began a two-week run on Broadway, including sets by his Acoustic Band. Hear their live debut from August that same year.
  40. Folk & Bluegrass: Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, '67 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.
  41. Folk & Bluegrass: Bluegrass Sampler Playlist Bluegrass Sampler Playlist From the high and lonesome to the down and dirty, here's a collection of the best bluegrass performances in the Vault.
  42. Folk & Bluegrass: Loudon Wainwright III Leads with a 'B-Side' 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.
  43. 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."
  44. Folk & Bluegrass: Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center, 2001 Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center, 2001 Nov 19, 2001 The iconic folkie performs orchestral versions of "When a Soldier Comes Home," "The Patriot's Dream" and his father's "This Land Is Your Land."
  45. Folk & Bluegrass: Abigail Washburn's Daytrotter Session Abigail Washburn's Daytrotter Session Jan 26, 2011 The clawhammer banjo player and singer-songwriter plays "Chains," "Bring Me My Queen" and other tunes from City of Refuge in 2011.
  46. Folk & Bluegrass: Uncut: John Fahey's Six-String Magic 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.
  47. Folk & Bluegrass: Crown Junction Stompers at Ash Grove Crown Junction Stompers at Ash Grove Jan 1, 1963 Banjo ace Sandy Moseley joins mandolinist Johnny Lyon and guitarist Al Merian on "Splendor in the Bluegrass" and "Two Dollar Bill" in a '63 set.
  48. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Chris Thile and Michael Daves 2011 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.
  49. Folk & Bluegrass: Poetry and Music With Don McLean 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.
  50. Folk & Bluegrass: John Fahey at the Great American Music Hall John Fahey at the 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.
  51. 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
  52. Folk & Bluegrass: Mahalia Jackson in New Orleans 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.

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