Folk & Bluegrass
Folk & Bluegrass
Vault History: Clarence Ashley & Doc Watson
Ash Grove | May 9, 1963
Fifty years ago this week, two giants of traditional folk music came together at the Ash Grove for this master class in Americana.
Pete Seeger on Campus
New England College | Nov 22, 1972
The folkie, social activist and environmentalist plays "All People That On Earth Do Dwell" and "Garbage" at New England College in this '72 set.
Folk & Bluegrass
Doc and Merle Watson at Ash Grove
May 5, 1967
The father-son guitar team performs Americana classics like "Gambler's Yodel," "Milk Cow Blues" and "House of the Rising Sun" in this 1967 set.
Mimi Farina at the Boston Tea Party
Dec 2, 1970
The sister of Joan Baez blends guitars and harmony vocals with fellow folkie Tom Jans on "Letter to Jesus" and "Children of Darkness" in 1970.
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.
New Release: Roscoe Holcomb in L.A., 1963
Roscoe Holcomb, the original purveyor of "high and lonesome" Appalachian folk, performs at Los Angeles' legendary Ash Grove in 1963.
Remembering Guy Carawan
May 8, 1964
Celebrate the life of the man who popularized "We Shall Overcome" as an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement with this brief performance.
David Bromberg at Amazingrace, '73
Jan 25, 1973
The bluegrass guitar picker-singer and blues scholar plays "Sitting On Top of the World," "Man of Constant Sorrow" and other acoustic gems.
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."
Video: Doug Paisley at the Living Room
Aug 29, 2011
The Canadian singer-songwriter performs "What I Saw," "No One But You" and others from
in this intimate solo set.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Queen Ida's Zydeco Dance Party
Jul 1, 1988
The Louisiana Creole accordionist works the crowd at the '88 Newport Folk Fest with her infectious "Chere Du Lu" and "Ailons En Louisiane."
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.
Ralph Stanley's Virginia Soul Music
Jul 27, 1968
The bluegrass pioneer leads his Clinch Mountain Boys through an invigorating set at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival.
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
Oct 11, 2009
The comedian picks up his banjo for spirited renditions of "Pitkin County Turnaround" and "Daddy Played the Banjo" in this 2009 video.
Gordon Lightfoot at the Fillmore West
Oct 5, 1968
Hear the Canadian singer-songwriter open for Cold Blood and Canned Heat back in 1968.
Wayfaring Stranger Christopher Paul Stelling
Aug 30, 2011
Hear Stelling weave his gothic folk tapestry during the '11 Barnstormer tour, and look for his second album,
, out this week.
David Cohen Covers The Beatles
Jul 1, 1967
David Cohen does beautiful renditions of Beatles songs, popular standards, and notably "Sunny" by the great Bobby Hebb.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, 1974
Sep 8, 1974
The four musical partners create their magical vocal blend on "Our House," "Teach Your Children" and others in this 1974 concert.
Uncut: Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Feb 4, 1976
The great troubadour rolled through San Francisco for this show featuring his engaging blend of humor and folk tunes.
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.
Video: Joni Mitchell at Giants Stadium, '86
Jun 15, 1986
The prolific singer-songwriter performs "The Three Great Stimulants" and "Hejira" in this Amnesty International benefit concert.
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.
46th Annual Bill Monroe Festival June 9-16
May 20, 1967
Over 50 bluegrass bands will convene at Bean Blossom 2012 in June to celebrate Bill Monroe's legacy. You can too - listen to the Bluegrass Boys in their prime in 1967.
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.
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.
Remembering Hoyt Axton
Jul 7, 1975
Let Hoyt's rich baritone erupt through your speakers as the good-natured songwriter performs some of his deep and frequently covered catalog.
Video: Angelique Kidjo at Newport, '06
Aug 13, 2006
The Grammy-winning Beninese singer-songwriter performs vibrant tunes from
and a searing cover of Hendrix's "Voodoo Child."
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."
Steve Goodman's Witty Ditties
Jan 5, 1973
The Chicago-born troubadour performs his "Chicken Cordon Blues," "Lincoln Park Pirates" and "City of New Orleans" at Amazingrace in '73.
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.
The Americana Honors & Awards
The Nashville ceremony begins on Wednesday, now hear music by performers and presenters of this year's festivities.
Moving Hall Star Singers at Ash Grove, '66
Apr 23, 1966
The group from the Georgia Sea Islands of South Carolina performs spirituals and folk tunes like "We Shall Overcome" and "I Am a Soldier."
A Woody Guthrie Tribute
Jul 28, 1968
Disciples of the Dust Bowl Troubadour sing "This Land Is Your Land" and other Guthrie tunes in 1968.
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.
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."
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.
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
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."
Joe Heaney's Celtic Charms
Nov 18, 1983
The traditional Irish singer from Galway performs a cappella versions of "The Rocks of Bawn," "Red Is the Rose" and "Gaelic Song" in this '83 set.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers
Jun 20, 1963
The world-renown a cappella group performs traditional folk tunes, spirituals and blues numbers at this 1963 Ash Grove concert.
Video: Simon & Garfunkel Reunion, '93
Nov 6, 1993
The iconic '60s folk duo reprise such classics as "The Boxer," "Mrs. Robinson" and "The Sound of Silence" in this Bridge School benefit.
The Gospel at Colonus in Philly
Sep 17, 1985
Morgan Freeman and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama appear in this 1985 production of the acclaimed Bob Telson-Lee Breuer musical.
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.
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