Folk & Bluegrass
Folk & Bluegrass
NEW: Jonathan Edwards On a Bus
Segway Town Bus | Dec 5, 1976
The singer-songwriter performs "Dues Days Bar," "Morning Train" and his hit single "Sunshine" in this intimate acoustic solo set from 1976.
David Cohen Covers The Beatles
Ash Grove | Jul 1, 1967
David Cohen does beautiful renditions of Beatles songs, popular standards, and notably "Sunny" by the great Bobby Hebb.
Folk & Bluegrass
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."
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Video: Dan Fogelberg & Fool's Gold
The late singer-songwriter and folk-rocker performs tunes from his double platinum, Joe Walsh-produced album
in this '76 set.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The Adventures of Bela Fleck
The Grammy-winning banjo virtuoso just released his orchestral
. Hear him with New Grass Revival and the Flecktones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 White Brothers at Ash Grove
Guitarist Clarence White and mandolinist Roland (aka the New Kentucky Colonels) perform bluegrass favorites in this two-hour playlist.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
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."
Battle of the Jimmie Driftwood Covers
Compare different interpretations of two classic Jimmie Driftwood tunes "Tennessee Stud" and "Battle Of New Orleans"
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Indigo Girls at Laguna Seca Days
May 27, 1995
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers perform tunes from
and old faves like "Closer to Fine" and "Tried to Be True."
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".
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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