Concert Vault
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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."

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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....

  11. 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.

  12. 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."

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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."

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Blues: Omar & the Howlers' Austin Barbecue Blues Omar & the Howlers' Austin Barbecue Auditorium Shores May 25, 1987 Blues: Omar & the Howlers' Austin Barbecue Auditorium Shores | May 25, 1987

    Mississippi-born Omar Kent Dykes showcases his growling vocals and stinging guitar work on "Hoy Hoy" and "Mississippi Hoodoo Man" in '87.

  12. Blues: Skip James' Moody Blues Blues Skip James' Moody Blues Hampton Jazz Festival Jun 27, 1968 Blues: Skip James' Moody Blues Hampton Jazz Festival | Jun 27, 1968

    The enigmatic Delta bluesman plays "Devil Got My Woman," "I'm So Glad" before joining the Staples Singers on "God Is Real" in 1968.

  13. Blues: Muddy Waters on the French Riviera, '68 Blues Muddy Waters on the French Riviera, '68 Grande Parade du Jazz Jul 13, 1977 Blues: Muddy Waters on the French Riviera, '68 Grande Parade du Jazz | Jul 13, 1977

    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.

  14. Blues: Robben Ford in Japan, '91 Blues Robben Ford in Japan, '91 Festival Hall Nov 14, 1991 Blues: Robben Ford in Japan, '91 Festival Hall | Nov 14, 1991

    The guitarist-singer, whose Into the Sun drops this week, performs "Help the Poor" with his Blue Line band at Osaka's Festival Hall.

  15. Blues: Roomful of Blues in Providence, '74 Blues Roomful of Blues in Providence, '74 Palace Theater Providence Jan 26, 1974 Blues: Roomful of Blues in Providence, '74 Palace Theater Providence | Jan 26, 1974

    The Rhode Island-based jump blues band, featuring guitarist-founder Duke Robillard, plays the Palace three years before their debut album.

  16. Blues: Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session, 2014 Blues Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session, 2014 Daytrotter Studio Jun 13, 2014 Blues: Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session, 2014 Daytrotter Studio | Jun 13, 2014

    The soulful Louisiana bluesman was 80 years old at the time he sang "Tight Money," "Garbage Man" and "Too Much Weekend" in this set.

  17. Blues: The Blues Brothers at Winterland Blues The Blues Brothers at Winterland Winterland Dec 31, 1978 Blues: The Blues Brothers at Winterland Winterland | Dec 31, 1978 watch video

    Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi's widow Judy have formed Blues Brothers Records in conjunction with Blue Note. Hear the original band in 1979.

  18. Blues: A Pinetop Perkins Memorial Playlist Blues A Pinetop Perkins Memorial Playlist Blues: A Pinetop Perkins Memorial Playlist Pinetop Perkins Memorial Playlist

    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.

  19. Blues: Long Tall Marcia Ball at Tramps Blues Long Tall Marcia Ball at Tramps Tramps Oct 17, 1997 Blues: Long Tall Marcia Ball at Tramps Tramps | Oct 17, 1997

    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.

  20. Blues: A Muddy Waters Blues Summit Blues A Muddy Waters Blues Summit Palladium Mar 4, 1977 Blues: A Muddy Waters Blues Summit Palladium | Mar 4, 1977

    The iconic Chicago bluesman joins forces with Texas guitar slinger Johnny Winter and blues harp ace James Cotton in this 1977 concert.

  21. Blues: Yank Rachell at Newport Folk Festival '69 Blues Yank Rachell at Newport Folk Festival '69 Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 Blues: Yank Rachell at Newport Folk Festival '69 Newport Folk Festival | Jul 18, 1969

    The country blues mandolinist, born 105 years ago today, joins guitarist Sleepy John Estes on "Mailman Blues" and "Rats in My Kitchen."

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

    The Texas Cannonball unleashes his razor-sharp guitar licks on "San-Ho-Zay," "Hideaway" and "I'm Tore Down" in this energized set.

  23. Blues: A Salute to Sonny Terry Blues A Salute to Sonny Terry Ash Grove Jan 21, 1967 Blues: A Salute to Sonny Terry Ash Grove | Jan 21, 1967

    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.

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