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.
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.
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.
Musician, historian and ambassador for the blues, B.B. will always be one of the most influential guitarists in the history of the instrument.
Hear James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, Magic Dick with J. Geils, Howard Levy with the Flecktones, John Popper with Blues Traveler and more.
The blues scholar and solo troubadour performs classics like "Steady Rollin' Man," "Boogie Chillen" and "Spoonful" in this 1970 set.
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.
The father of modern Chicago blues passed away on this day in 1983. Hear him in the ultimate two-hour playlist spanning 1960-1978.
The formidable string-bending guitarist, who was born on this day in 1923, unleashes on "Crosscut Saw" and "Personal Manager" in 1971.
The guitarist-singer-songwriter passionately delivers tunes from Strong Persuader and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark in this 1989 set.
The neo-bluesman performs John Lee Hooker's "Bumble Bee Blues" and Skip James' "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" in this '98 Tramps set.
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.
These toe-curling performances, from "C.C. Rider" to "Hey Joe," show why the late six-stringer was considered one of the greatest ever.
The Delta blues tradition is interpreted by Son House, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Duane Allman and others.
Mississippi-born Omar Kent Dykes showcases his growling vocals and stinging guitar work on "Hoy Hoy" and "Mississippi Hoodoo Man" in '87.
The enigmatic Delta bluesman plays "Devil Got My Woman," "I'm So Glad" before joining the Staples Singers on "God Is Real" in 1968.
The Chicago blues icon, born on this day in 1913, performs "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Got My Mojo Working" at the Grand Parade du Jazz.
The guitarist-singer, whose Into the Sun drops this week, performs "Help the Poor" with his Blue Line band at Osaka's Festival Hall.
The Rhode Island-based jump blues band, featuring guitarist-founder Duke Robillard, plays the Palace three years before their debut album.
The soulful Louisiana bluesman was 80 years old at the time he sang "Tight Money," "Garbage Man" and "Too Much Weekend" in this set.
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's widow Judy have formed Blues Brothers Records in conjunction with Blue Note. Hear the original band in 1979.
The venerable blues pianist passed away on this day in 2011 at age 97. Hear him with Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton and Arthur Crudup.
The Texas-born, Louisiana-bred swamp boogie pianist, who turns 65 today, performs her tunes "Big Shot" and "La Ti Da" in this '97 set.
The iconic Chicago bluesman joins forces with Texas guitar slinger Johnny Winter and blues harp ace James Cotton in this 1977 concert.
The country blues mandolinist, born 105 years ago today, joins guitarist Sleepy John Estes on "Mailman Blues" and "Rats in My Kitchen."
The Texas Cannonball unleashes his razor-sharp guitar licks on "San-Ho-Zay," "Hideaway" and "I'm Tore Down" in this energized set.
The blind Piedmont-style harmonica ace, who died on this day in 1986, whoops it up on "Hootin' the Blues" with partner Brownie McGhee in '67.