Hear very different renditions of John D. Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road" by Lou Rawls, Edgar Winter, Eric Burdon and the Jefferson Airplane.
The late guitar hero, who was born on this day in 1939, unleashes searing licks on "Bitter Memories" and "The Messiah Will Come Again."
The Kim Simmonds-led Brit blues 'n' boogie band celebrates its 50th year with the release of The Devil To Pay. Hear them from 40 years ago.
The jump blues singer, who died on this day in 1997, performs "Spoonful" and "Mean Old Frisco" at the New York Mets former ballpark.
The late, legendary bluesman, who would've turned 90 today, plays "Ain't That Just Like a Woman" and his hit song "The Thrill Is Gone."
The Louisiana-born bluesman died on this day in 2005. Hear him play "Dragnet Blues" and Lionel Hampton's "Flying Home" in this '97 set.
The godfather of the British blues scene welcomes guitar greats Mick Taylor and Albert King, singer Etta James and blues harpist Junior Wells.
The Delta bluesman plays gritty versions of Charley Patton's "Pony Blues" and the gospel tune "Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You?"
Guitar great Freddie King, born on this day in 1934, wails on "San Ho-Zay," "Hide Away" and "I'm Tore Down" in this blazing '67 set.
The lefty guitarist from the raw West Side Chicago school plays his signature tunes "All Your Love (I Miss Lovin')" and "Double Trouble."
The acoustic bluesman from Rochester, who turns 77 today, stomps out "Good Time Charlie," "Stagger Lee" and "Creepy John" in this solo set.
The solo blues troubadour plays Elmore James' "Dust My Broom," Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues" and his own "Love You Like a Man."
The iconic Texas guitar slinger, who died tragically 25 years ago today, wails with Double Trouble in this exhilarating 1985 video.
The Mississippi-born Boogie Man plays "Backstabbers," "Crawlin' Kingsnake" and is joined by disciple John Hammond on "Highway 13."
The guitarist-singer, who had just turned 23, performs The Stones' "Under My Thumb" and Stephen Stills' "Bluebird" in an unplugged set.
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.
The country blues guitarist-singer channels his role models Robert Johnson, Blind WIllie McTell and Son House in this solo set from 1973.
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.
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."
The Memphis-born pianist-singer (aka Peter Chatham) performs the mournful "Lonesome Traveler" and the upbeat "We're Gonna Rock."
The blues harpist-guitarist plays "Lonesome in My Bedroom," "Cristo Redemptor" and "Clarksdale Boogie" in this superb solo set.
The blues guitar elder unleashes blistering licks on "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" and "Damn Right I've Got the Blues."
The late Chicago blues guitarist was born this week in 1943. Hear his stinging six-string work on "Killing My Love" and "Young Girl."
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.
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.
The guitarist-singer performs tunes from his breakthrough album Strong Persuader and premieres Don't Be Afraid of the Dark in 1987.
The bottleneck slide guitarist performs chilling renditions of "Shake "Em On Down" and "Worried Life Blues" at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival.
The legendary guitarist and harmonica ace team up on "Stormy Monday," "Born Under a Bad Sign" and others at the Shaboo Inn in Connecticut.
The Delta bluesman, born on this day in 1893, applies his melodious fingerstyle guitar technique to "I'm Satisfied" and "Stagger Lee."
The blues harp ace and former Muddy Waters sideman turns 80 today. Hear him play "Rocket 88," "Cotton Boogie" and "The Creeper" in 1973.
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.
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.
The Mississippi bluesman performs ominous numbers like "Devil Got My Woman" and his famed "I'm So Glad" at the '68 Hampton jazz Fest.
The blues troubadour, who is currently on sabbatical until August, performs "Think," "She Caught the Katy" and "Mr. Pitiful" in 1997.
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.
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....
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.
The country bluesman, who died on this day in 1977, teams with mandolinist Yank Rachell on "Rats In My Kitchen" and "Mail Man Blues."
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.
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.
The soulful singer and slide guitarist extraordinaire is joined by bassist Sarah Brown, harmonica ace Kim Wilson and singer Nick Lowe.
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.
The Chicago bluesman trades vicious licks with the Texas guitar slinger on "Stormy Monday," "Mother-in-Law Blues" and more in this '78 set.
The Mississippi-born guitarist-singer (aka The Oil Man) plays electrified Delta tunes like "Sittin' On Top of the World" in this searing set.
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."
Hear the King & his signature Gibson ES-355 light up Long Island with his incomparable storytelling and regal string-bending.
B.B. had the blues everyday, and back in 1967 he shared it with the audience at San Francisco's Winterland.
The guitar icon was especially relaxed & spontaneous during this show, making it an authoritative set of smoking blues from start to finish.