Folk & Bluegrass
Folk & Bluegrass
Phil Ochs at Ash Grove, '67
Ash Grove | 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.
The Country Gentlemen at Amazingrace
Amazingrace | Dec 28, 1974
The bluegrass band, featuring teenaged dobro ace Jerry Douglas, perform "Dueling Banjos" and "Orange Blossom Special" in this '74 set.
Folk & Bluegrass
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.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acoustic Bob Dylan
It just sounds right when Dylan takes the stage with an acoustic guitar, a harmonica and a microphone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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