Concert Vault
  1. Blues: New Release: Bonnie Raitt at Wesleyan, '72 Blues New Release: Bonnie Raitt at Wesleyan, '72 Wesleyan University Dec 1, 1972 Blues: New Release: Bonnie Raitt at Wesleyan, '72 Wesleyan University | Dec 1, 1972

    The guitarist-singer, who had just turned 23, performs The Stones' "Under My Thumb" and Stephen Stills' "Bluebird" in an unplugged set.

  2. Blues: Freddie King at the Ash Grove Blues Freddie King at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 Blues: Freddie King at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Aug 25, 1970

    Savor the stinging guitar work and gospel-holler vocals of the late Texas Cannonball on "That's Alright" and "Tore Down" in this 1970 set.

  3. Blues: New Release: John Hammond's Delta Muse Blues New Release: John Hammond's Delta Muse Waterville Opera House Dec 16, 1973 Blues: New Release: John Hammond's Delta Muse Waterville Opera House | Dec 16, 1973

    The country blues guitarist-singer channels his role models Robert Johnson, Blind WIllie McTell and Son House in this solo set from 1973.

  4. Blues: A Son Seals-Johnny Winter Super Jam Blues A Son Seals-Johnny Winter Super Jam Bottom Line Jan 10, 1978 Blues: A Son Seals-Johnny Winter Super Jam Bottom Line | Jan 10, 1978

    The raw-edged Chicago six-stringer invites the Texas guitar slinger on stage during his '78 set at the Bottom Line, and the sparks fly.

  5. Blues: Remembering Roy Buchanan Blues Remembering Roy Buchanan Blues: Remembering Roy Buchanan Roy Buchanan Playlist

    The Master of the Telecaster passed away on this day in 1988. Hear him play the Jimi Hendrix hit "Hey Joe" and Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams."

  6. Blues: Memphis Slim at Newport '65 Blues Memphis Slim at Newport '65 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1965 Blues: Memphis Slim at Newport '65 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 1, 1965

    The Memphis-born pianist-singer (aka Peter Chatham) performs the mournful "Lonesome Traveler" and the upbeat "We're Gonna Rock."

  7. Blues: Charlie Musselwhite in Berkeley, '98 Blues Charlie Musselwhite in Berkeley, '98 Berkeley Community Theatre May 15, 1998 Blues: Charlie Musselwhite in Berkeley, '98 Berkeley Community Theatre | May 15, 1998

    The blues harpist-guitarist plays "Lonesome in My Bedroom," "Cristo Redemptor" and "Clarksdale Boogie" in this superb solo set.

  8. Blues: Video: Buddy Guy at '94 Newport Blues Video: Buddy Guy at '94 Newport Newport Jazz Festival Aug 14, 1994 Blues: Video: Buddy Guy at '94 Newport Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 14, 1994 watch video

    The blues guitar elder unleashes blistering licks on "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" and "Damn Right I've Got the Blues."

  9. Blues: Mike Bloomfield at the Fillmore West, '69 Blues Mike Bloomfield at the Fillmore West, '69 Fillmore West Feb 2, 1969 Blues: Mike Bloomfield at the Fillmore West, '69 Fillmore West | Feb 2, 1969

    The late Chicago blues guitarist was born this week in 1943. Hear his stinging six-string work on "Killing My Love" and "Young Girl."

  10. Blues: Video: Muddy Waters at the Ash Grove Blues Video: Muddy Waters at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Jul 29, 1971 Blues: Video: Muddy Waters at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Jul 29, 1971 watch video

    See the Chicago blues icon perform his signature tunes "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Long Distance Call" and "Got My Mojo Working" in 1971.

  11. Blues: A Johnny Winter Memorial Playlist Blues A Johnny Winter Memorial Playlist Blues: A Johnny Winter Memorial Playlist Johnny Winter Playlist

    The late Texas guitarist, who died last July at age 70, rocks out with his band and gets bluesy with Muddy Waters, Son Seals and B.B. King.

  12. Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan's Steely Licks Blues Stevie Ray Vaughan's Steely Licks Spectrum Montreal Aug 17, 1984 Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan's Steely Licks Spectrum Montreal | Aug 17, 1984

    The guitar hero plays tunes from Texas Flood and premieres tunes from his followup, Couldn't Stand the Weather in this '84 set from Montreal.

  13. Blues: Robert Cray's Searing Confessions Blues Robert Cray's Searing Confessions Auditorium Shores May 25, 1987 Blues: Robert Cray's Searing Confessions Auditorium Shores | May 25, 1987

    The guitarist-singer performs tunes from his breakthrough album Strong Persuader and premieres Don't Be Afraid of the Dark in 1987.

  14. Blues: Mississippi Fred McDowell's Delta Blues Blues Mississippi Fred McDowell's Delta Blues Newport Folk Festival Jul 27, 1968 Blues: Mississippi Fred McDowell's Delta Blues Newport Folk Festival | Jul 27, 1968

    The bottleneck slide guitarist performs chilling renditions of "Shake "Em On Down" and "Worried Life Blues" at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival.

  15. Blues: Just Added: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, '73 Blues Just Added: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, '73 Shaboo Inn Feb 15, 1973 Blues: Just Added: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, '73 Shaboo Inn | Feb 15, 1973

    The legendary guitarist and harmonica ace team up on "Stormy Monday," "Born Under a Bad Sign" and others at the Shaboo Inn in Connecticut.

  16. Blues: Mississippi John Hurt at Ash Grove, '64 Blues Mississippi John Hurt at Ash Grove, '64 Ash Grove Jul 6, 1964 Blues: Mississippi John Hurt at Ash Grove, '64 Ash Grove | Jul 6, 1964

    The Delta bluesman, born on this day in 1893, applies his melodious fingerstyle guitar technique to "I'm Satisfied" and "Stagger Lee."

  17. Blues: Happy Birthday, James Cotton! Blues Happy Birthday, James Cotton! SMU Feb 25, 1973 Blues: Happy Birthday, James Cotton! SMU | Feb 25, 1973

    The blues harp ace and former Muddy Waters sideman turns 80 today. Hear him play "Rocket 88," "Cotton Boogie" and "The Creeper" in 1973.

  18. Blues: Bobby "Blue" Bland In Memoriam Blues Bobby "Blue" Bland In Memoriam Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 Blues: Bobby "Blue" Bland In Memoriam Avery Fisher Hall | Jun 30, 1974

    The soulful singer, who died on this day in 2013, performs his 1957 hit "Further On Up The Road" before joining B.B. King in this 1974 concert.

  19. Blues: Remembering the Boogie Man Blues Remembering the Boogie Man Shoreline Amphitheatre Oct 10, 1992 Blues: Remembering the Boogie Man Shoreline Amphitheatre | Oct 10, 1992 watch video

    Chicago blues icon John Lee Hooker died on this day in 2001. See his stinging guitar attack in this 1992 concert video with Ry Cooder.

  20. Blues: Skip James' Dark Delta Muse Blues Skip James' Dark Delta Muse Hampton Jazz Festival Jun 27, 1968 Blues: Skip James' Dark Delta Muse Hampton Jazz Festival | Jun 27, 1968

    The Mississippi bluesman performs ominous numbers like "Devil Got My Woman" and his famed "I'm So Glad" at the '68 Hampton jazz Fest.

  21. Blues: Video: Taj Mahal Plays Montreux Blues Video: Taj Mahal Plays Montreux Miles Davis Hall Jul 5, 1997 Blues: Video: Taj Mahal Plays Montreux Miles Davis Hall | Jul 5, 1997 watch video

    The blues troubadour, who is currently on sabbatical until August, performs "Think," "She Caught the Katy" and "Mr. Pitiful" in 1997.

  22. Blues: Neil Young & the Bluenotes at the Trocadero Blues Neil Young & the Bluenotes at the Trocadero Trocadero Apr 22, 1988 Blues: Neil Young & the Bluenotes at the Trocadero Trocadero | Apr 22, 1988

    The guitarist channels his inner Jimmy Reed in this '88 set of tunes from his album This Note's for You with his dynamic horn band.

  23. Blues: Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Tramps, 1998 Blues Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Tramps, 1998 Tramps May 20, 1998 Blues: Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Tramps, 1998 Tramps | May 20, 1998

    The one-time prodigy turns 38 today. Hear him as a 20-year-old Strat strangler wailing on tunes from his platinum-selling Trouble Is....

  24. Blues: Remembering Mr. Five By Five Blues Remembering Mr. Five By Five Blues: Remembering Mr. Five By Five Jimmy Rushing playlist

    Classic blues shouter Jimmy Rushing, a stalwart in the Count Basie band from 1935 to 1948, died on this day in 1972. Hear him in this playlist.

  25. Blues: Sleepy John Estes at Newport '69 Blues Sleepy John Estes at Newport '69 Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Blues: Sleepy John Estes at Newport '69 Newport Folk Festival | Jul 18, 1969

    The country bluesman, who died on this day in 1977, teams with mandolinist Yank Rachell on "Rats In My Kitchen" and "Mail Man Blues."

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  1. Blues: Remembering Koko Taylor Blues Remembering Koko Taylor Tramps May 8, 1998 Blues: Remembering Koko Taylor Tramps | May 8, 1998

    The late Chicago blues queen, who died on this day in 2009, sings "Mother Nature" and her 1965 hit "Wang Dang Doodle" in this '98 set.

  2. Blues: New to the Vault: B.B. King at Paul's Mall, '78 Blues New to the Vault: B.B. King at Paul's Mall, '78 Paul's Mall Apr 9, 1978 Blues: New to the Vault: B.B. King at Paul's Mall, '78 Paul's Mall | Apr 9, 1978

    The late King of the Blues squeezes every last drop of feeling out of each note on "Need My Baby" in this set from Boston, just added to CV.

  3. Blues: Bonnie Raitt & Friends in Austin, '87 Blues Bonnie Raitt & Friends in Austin, '87 Auditorium Shores May 25, 1987 Blues: Bonnie Raitt & Friends in Austin, '87 Auditorium Shores | May 25, 1987

    The soulful singer and slide guitarist extraordinaire is joined by bassist Sarah Brown, harmonica ace Kim Wilson and singer Nick Lowe.

  4. Blues: Langston Hughes at Newport '60 Blues Langston Hughes at Newport '60 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1960 Blues: Langston Hughes at Newport '60 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 3, 1960

    The poet laureate of the Harlem Renaissance, who died on this day in 1967, hosts a blues bash featuring Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker.

  5. Blues: Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Blues Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Bottom Line Jan 10, 1978 Blues: Son Seals Meets Johnny Winter Bottom Line | Jan 10, 1978

    The Chicago bluesman trades vicious licks with the Texas guitar slinger on "Stormy Monday," "Mother-in-Law Blues" and more in this '78 set.

  6. Blues: Big Jack Johnson at Tramps, '98 Blues Big Jack Johnson at Tramps, '98 Tramps May 8, 1998 Blues: Big Jack Johnson at Tramps, '98 Tramps | May 8, 1998

    The Mississippi-born guitarist-singer (aka The Oil Man) plays electrified Delta tunes like "Sittin' On Top of the World" in this searing set.

  7. Blues: Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, 1969 Blues Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, 1969 Fillmore West Sep 18, 1969 Blues: Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, 1969 Fillmore West | Sep 18, 1969

    The blues scholar, who turns turns 73 today, digs deep on "Easy Rider" and "I'm Gonna Move Up to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue."

  8. Blues: B.B. King & Lucille at '75 Newport Jazz Blues B.B. King & Lucille at '75 Newport Jazz Nassau Coliseum Jul 6, 1975 Blues: B.B. King & Lucille at '75 Newport Jazz Nassau Coliseum | Jul 6, 1975

    Hear the King & his signature Gibson ES-355 light up Long Island with his incomparable storytelling and regal string-bending.

  9. Blues: B.B. King Gives Winterland the Blues Blues B.B. King Gives Winterland the Blues Winterland Dec 8, 1967 Blues: B.B. King Gives Winterland the Blues Winterland | Dec 8, 1967

    B.B. had the blues everyday, and back in 1967 he shared it with the audience at San Francisco's Winterland.

  10. Blues: B.B. King at the Fillmore East Blues B.B. King at the Fillmore East Fillmore East Jun 19, 1971 Blues: B.B. King at the Fillmore East Fillmore East | Jun 19, 1971

    The guitar icon was especially relaxed & spontaneous during this show, making it an authoritative set of smoking blues from start to finish.

  11. Blues: B.B. King at the Fillmore, 1968 Blues B.B. King at the Fillmore, 1968 Fillmore Auditorium Jun 6, 1968 Blues: B.B. King at the Fillmore, 1968 Fillmore Auditorium | Jun 6, 1968

    The regal bluesman performs staples like "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss" and "Rock Me Baby" to a new audience at the fabled rock haven.

  12. Blues: B.B. King, R.I.P. Blues B.B. King, R.I.P. Blues: B.B. King, R.I.P. A B.B. King Memorial Playlist

    The King of the Blues passed away yesterday at his home in Las Vegas at age 89. Hear classic performances with Lucille from the Vault.

  13. Blues: B.B. King Live at the Bottom Line, 1978 Blues B.B. King Live at the Bottom Line, 1978 Bottom Line Jun 22, 1978 Blues: B.B. King Live at the Bottom Line, 1978 Bottom Line | Jun 22, 1978

    Musician, historian and ambassador for the blues, B.B. will always be one of the most influential guitarists in the history of the instrument.

  14. Blues: A Harmonica Extravaganza Blues A Harmonica Extravaganza Blues: A Harmonica Extravaganza A Harmonica Extravaganza

    Hear James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, Magic Dick with J. Geils, Howard Levy with the Flecktones, John Popper with Blues Traveler and more.

  15. Blues: John Hammond at the Fillmore West Blues John Hammond at the Fillmore West Fillmore West Jul 1, 1970 Blues: John Hammond at the Fillmore West Fillmore West | Jul 1, 1970

    The blues scholar and solo troubadour performs classics like "Steady Rollin' Man," "Boogie Chillen" and "Spoonful" in this 1970 set.

  16. Blues: Remembering Paul Butterfield Blues Remembering Paul Butterfield Fillmore Auditorium Oct 14, 1966 Blues: Remembering Paul Butterfield Fillmore Auditorium | Oct 14, 1966

    The recent Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee died on this day in 1987. Hear him perform tunes from his groundbreaking East West in a '66 set.

  17. Blues: A Salute to Muddy Waters Blues A Salute to Muddy Waters Blues: A Salute to Muddy Waters Muddy Waters Memorial Playlist

    The father of modern Chicago blues passed away on this day in 1983. Hear him in the ultimate two-hour playlist spanning 1960-1978.

  18. Blues: Albert King's Bluespower at the Fillmore Blues Albert King's Bluespower at the Fillmore Fillmore East Jun 27, 1971 Blues: Albert King's Bluespower at the Fillmore Fillmore East | Jun 27, 1971

    The formidable string-bending guitarist, who was born on this day in 1923, unleashes on "Crosscut Saw" and "Personal Manager" in 1971.

  19. Blues: Robert Cray's R&B Confessions Blues Robert Cray's R&B Confessions Paramount Theatre Springfield Feb 12, 1989 Blues: Robert Cray's R&B Confessions Paramount Theatre Springfield | Feb 12, 1989

    The guitarist-singer-songwriter passionately delivers tunes from Strong Persuader and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark in this 1989 set.

  20. Blues: Corey Harris Carrying the Torch Blues Corey Harris Carrying the Torch Tramps Aug 28, 1998 Blues: Corey Harris Carrying the Torch Tramps | Aug 28, 1998

    The neo-bluesman performs John Lee Hooker's "Bumble Bee Blues" and Skip James' "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" in this '98 Tramps set.

  21. Blues: Gatemouth Brown at Tramps, '97 Blues Gatemouth Brown at Tramps, '97 Tramps Apr 18, 1997 Blues: Gatemouth Brown at Tramps, '97 Tramps | Apr 18, 1997

    The late guitarist, who was born on this day in 1924, bridges blues and jazz on "Take the A Train" and other tunes from his album Gate Swings.

  22. Blues: Roy Buchanan: Master of the Telecaster Blues Roy Buchanan: Master of the Telecaster Blues: Roy Buchanan: Master of the Telecaster Roy Buchanan Playlist

    These toe-curling performances, from "C.C. Rider" to "Hey Joe," show why the late six-stringer was considered one of the greatest ever.

  23. Blues: A Slide Guitar Primer Blues A Slide Guitar Primer Blues: A Slide Guitar Primer A Slide Guitar Primer

    The Delta blues tradition is interpreted by Son House, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Duane Allman and others.

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