Concert Vault
  1. Blues: Robben Ford & The Blue Line in Japan Blues Robben Ford & The Blue Line in Japan Festival Hall Nov 14, 1991 Blues: Robben Ford & The Blue Line in Japan Festival Hall | Nov 14, 1991

    The guitarist plays "Talk to Your Daughter," "Help the Poor" and "Ain't Got Nuthin' But the Blues" in this '92 set from Festival Hall in Osaka.

  2. Blues: All Hail the Blues King Blues All Hail the Blues King Blues: All Hail the Blues King A B.B. King Playlist

    On this day in 2006, B.B. King received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. Hear a playlist spanning 40 years.

  3. Blues: Shuggie Otis' Newport Debut Blues Shuggie Otis' Newport Debut Newport Jazz Festival Jul 12, 1970 Blues: Shuggie Otis' Newport Debut Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 12, 1970

    The 16-year-old guitar wiz and son of R&B legend Johnny Otis stings on a slow blues and revs up "Shuggie's Boogie" in this 1970 set.

  4. Blues: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at Newport, 1968 Blues Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at Newport, 1968 Newport Folk Festival Jul 28, 1968 Blues: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at Newport, 1968 Newport Folk Festival | Jul 28, 1968

    The Dynamic Duo of the blues performs "Messin' With the Kid," "Checkin' on My Baby" and "Somebody Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man."

  5. Blues: Remembering Walter 'Shakey' Horton Blues Remembering Walter 'Shakey' Horton Ash Grove Mar 10, 1972 Blues: Remembering Walter 'Shakey' Horton Ash Grove | Mar 10, 1972

    The harmonica ace, who died on this day in 1981, leads Willie Dixon's Blues All-Stars on "Little Boy Blue" in this '72 set from the Ash Grove.

  6. Blues: Lucky Peterson Saves the Day Blues Lucky Peterson Saves the Day Tramps Apr 19, 1997 Blues: Lucky Peterson Saves the Day Tramps | Apr 19, 1997

    The guitarist-singer fills in for an ailing Gatemouth Brown and delivers a smoking set with Gates Express in this 1997 set from Tramps.

  7. Blues: Lou Rawls at Newport, 1972 Blues Lou Rawls at Newport, 1972 Newport Jazz Festival New York Jul 8, 1972 Blues: Lou Rawls at Newport, 1972 Newport Jazz Festival New York | Jul 8, 1972

    The Chicago-born singer wraps his silky, soulful baritone voice around "Stormy Monday," "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "World of Trouble"

  8. Blues: Brownie McGhee Flies Solo Blues Brownie McGhee Flies Solo Rogers High School Jul 27, 1968 Blues: Brownie McGhee Flies Solo Rogers High School | Jul 27, 1968

    The Piedmont styled guitarist-singer, born on this day in 1915, plays "Kansas City Blues" and "Key to the Highway" in an unaccompanied set.

  9. Blues: John Mayall's 'Turning Point' Blues John Mayall's 'Turning Point' Fillmore Auditorium Feb 9, 1968 Blues: John Mayall's 'Turning Point' Fillmore Auditorium | Feb 9, 1968

    The godfather of the British blues scene turns 83 today. Hear him play "Room to Move" and "The Laws Must Change" at the Fillmore in 1968.

  10. Blues: Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Blues Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Aug 22, 1967 Blues: Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Aug 22, 1967

    The Texas country blues troubadour and storyteller plays "I Hate I Got Married," "Trouble In Mind" and "High Heeled Sneakers" in this '67 set

  11. Blues: Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson Testifies Blues Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson Testifies Philharmonic Hall Jun 29, 1973 Blues: Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson Testifies Philharmonic Hall | Jun 29, 1973

    The Texas saxophonist and blues shouter delivers on "I Took the Front Door In (I Took the Back Door Out)" and "Person to Person" in 1973.

  12. Blues: Memphis Slim at Newport, 1965 Blues Memphis Slim at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1965 Blues: Memphis Slim at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival | Jul 1, 1965

    The pianist-singer is joined by bassist Willie Dixon on the mournful "Lonesome Traveler" and the upbeat boogie "We're Gonna Rock."

  13. Blues: The Winter Brothers Meet B.B. King Blues The Winter Brothers Meet B.B. King Bottom Line Jun 21, 1978 Blues: The Winter Brothers Meet B.B. King Bottom Line | Jun 21, 1978

    Edgar and Johnny Winter sit in with The King of the Blues on "Going Down Slow" in this '78 set from the Bottom Line in New York City.

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

    The guitarist-singer and blues harp ace, who turns 74 today, performs "Look On Yonder Wall," "Broke Down Engine" and others in this solo set.

  15. Blues: Bukka White Likes It Rough Blues Bukka White Likes It Rough Ash Grove Aug 17, 1967 Blues: Bukka White Likes It Rough Ash Grove | Aug 17, 1967

    The Delta blues master was born on this day 110 years ago. Hear him play "Aberdeen Mississippi Blues" and "Fixin' to Die Blues" in a '67 set.

  16. Blues: Bobby Rush's Downhome Blues Blues Bobby Rush's Downhome Blues Daytrotter Studio Apr 29, 2014 Blues: Bobby Rush's Downhome Blues Daytrotter Studio | Apr 29, 2014

    The Louisiana singer and blues harpist, who turns 83 today, performs "Tight Money" and "Too Much Weekend" in this 2014 Daytrotter set.

  17. Blues: Video: Susan Tedeschi at Newport, 2007 Blues Video: Susan Tedeschi at Newport, 2007 Newport Jazz Festival Aug 12, 2007 Blues: Video: Susan Tedeschi at Newport, 2007 Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 12, 2007 watch video

    The rising star guitarist-singer, who turns 46 today, delivers a stinging "Just Won't Burn" and a deeply soulful "Feeling That Music Brings."

  18. Blues: Delbert McClinton at Tramps, '95 Blues Delbert McClinton at Tramps, '95 Tramps Dec 29, 1995 Blues: Delbert McClinton at Tramps, '95 Tramps | Dec 29, 1995

    The tough Texan, who turns 76 today, sings the shuffle "Linda Lu," the slow blues "Rebecca, Rebecca" and his "Two More Bottles of Wine."

  19. Blues: Omar & The Howlers in Austin Blues Omar & The Howlers in Austin Austin Opera House Aug 30, 1987 Blues: Omar & The Howlers in Austin Austin Opera House | Aug 30, 1987

    Guitarist-singer Omar Dykes brings his rough vocals and stinging licks to blues-rockers like "Mississippi Hoodoo Man" and "Big Legs" in '97.

  20. Blues: Mississippi John Hurt at the Ash Grove Blues Mississippi John Hurt at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Jul 6, 1964 Blues: Mississippi John Hurt at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Jul 6, 1964

    The country-blues singer-guitarist, who died on this day in 1966, plays "Richland Woman Blues," "Shake That Thing" and "Stagger Lee" in 1964.

  21. Blues: Chris Smither's Delta Muse Blues Chris Smither's Delta Muse Lenox Music Inn Jul 28, 1973 Blues: Chris Smither's Delta Muse Lenox Music Inn | Jul 28, 1973

    The folk-blues troubadour blends fingerstyle picking and passionate vocals on "Statesboro Blues" and "Dust My Broom" in this '73 solo set.

  22. Blues: Remembering Peter Haycock Blues Remembering Peter Haycock Guildford Civic Hall Nov 19, 1976 Blues: Remembering Peter Haycock Guildford Civic Hall | Nov 19, 1976

    The late Climax Blues Band guitarist died on this day in 2013. Hear him play "Couldn't Get It Right" and "Goin' To New York" in this 1978 set.

  23. Blues: The Ultimate Paul Butterfield Playlist Blues The Ultimate Paul Butterfield Playlist Blues: The Ultimate Paul Butterfield Playlist The Ultimate Paul Butterfield Playlist

    The Chicago blues harpist leads his own groups and guests with the Allman Brothers Band, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Rick Danko and others.

  24. Blues: Muddy Waters at the Fillmore, 1966 Blues Muddy Waters at the Fillmore, 1966 Fillmore Auditorium Nov 4, 1966 Blues: Muddy Waters at the Fillmore, 1966 Fillmore Auditorium | Nov 4, 1966

    The father of modern Chicago blues plays some nasty slide guitar on "Honey Bee" and "Long Distance Call" and sings "Hoochie Coochie Man."

  25. Blues: Sonny Terry Hootin' the Blues Blues Sonny Terry Hootin' the Blues Ash Grove Jan 21, 1967 Blues: Sonny Terry Hootin' the Blues Ash Grove | Jan 21, 1967

    The Piedmont blues and folk harmonica ace was born on this day in 1911. Hear him with longtime partner Brownie McGhee in a '67 set.

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  1. Blues: Ellvin Bishop at the Keystone Korner Blues Ellvin Bishop at the Keystone Korner Keystone Korner Mar 17, 1971 Blues: Ellvin Bishop at the Keystone Korner Keystone Korner | Mar 17, 1971

    The blues-rock pioneer, who turns 74 today, plays "Fannie Mae," "Party 'Til the Cows Come Home" and "The Things I Used to Do" in this '71 set.

  2. Blues: Hot Tuna's Electro-Acoustic Blues Blues Hot Tuna's Electro-Acoustic Blues Tramps Nov 28, 1998 Blues: Hot Tuna's Electro-Acoustic Blues Tramps | Nov 28, 1998

    Jefferson Airplane bandmates Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady play tunes by Robert Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis and Jimmy Reed in 1998.

  3. Blues: David Bromberg Will Not Be Your Fool Blues David Bromberg Will Not Be Your Fool Record Plant Jun 18, 1975 Blues: David Bromberg Will Not Be Your Fool Record Plant | Jun 18, 1975

    The guitarist-singer just released The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues. Hear him as a young blues scholar in '75.

  4. Blues: John Lee Hooker Meets Carlos Santana Blues John Lee Hooker Meets Carlos Santana Fillmore Auditorium Jul 18, 1986 Blues: John Lee Hooker Meets Carlos Santana Fillmore Auditorium | Jul 18, 1986 watch video

    The electric Delta boogie man joins the guitar hero and singer Etta James on a straight up blues jam in this '86 video from the Fillmore.

  5. Blues: Rolling Stones, Strictly the Blues Blues Rolling Stones, Strictly the Blues Blues: Rolling Stones, Strictly the Blues The Rolling Stones, Strictly The Blues

    Mick, Keef & the boys just announced the release of their new album Blue & Lonesome on December 2. Hear them knee-deep in the blues.

  6. Blues: The Bluesy Side of the Grateful Dead Blues The Bluesy Side of the Grateful Dead Blues: The Bluesy Side of the Grateful Dead The Bluesy Side of The Dead

    Jerry Garcia leads the ultimate jam band on covers of "Smokestack Lightning," "I'm a King Bee," "Little Red Rooster" and "Walkin' Blues."

  7. Blues: Albert King's Mighty Bluespower Blues Albert King's Mighty Bluespower Fillmore East Jun 27, 1971 Blues: Albert King's Mighty Bluespower Fillmore East | Jun 27, 1971

    The imposing bluesman unleashes his toe-curling bent-string licks on "Personal Manager" and "Crosscut Saw" at the Fillmore East in 1971.

  8. Blues: Son House's Slashing Slide Style Blues Son House's Slashing Slide Style Ash Grove Mar 2, 1968 Blues: Son House's Slashing Slide Style Ash Grove | Mar 2, 1968

    The Delta bluesman, a peer of pioneers Charley Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson, delivers with raw, emotional intensity in a '68 Ash Grove set.

  9. Blues: Willie Dixon's Chicago Style Blues Willie Dixon's Chicago Style Great American Music Hall Dec 13, 1973 Blues: Willie Dixon's Chicago Style Great American Music Hall | Dec 13, 1973

    Bassist-singer and prolific songwriter leads a younger generation of bluesmen on "I'm Crazy for My Baby" and "Wang Dang Doodle" in '73.

  10. Blues: A Roy Buchanan Memorial Playlist Blues A Roy Buchanan Memorial Playlist Blues: A Roy Buchanan Memorial Playlist Roy Buchanan Playlist

    The late guitar great, who would've turned 77 today, squeezes the juice out of every note on "The Messiah," "Hey Joe" and "Five String Blues."

  11. Blues: All Hail the King! Blues All Hail the King! Fillmore East Jun 19, 1971 Blues: All Hail the King! Fillmore East | Jun 19, 1971

    Riley "B."B." King was born on this day in 1925. Hear him play his hits "Sweet Sixteen" and "The Thrill Is Gone" in this '71 Fillmore East set.

  12. Blues: Keb' Mo' In A "Dangerous Mood" Blues Keb' Mo' In A "Dangerous Mood" Tramps Mar 6, 1997 Blues: Keb' Mo' In A "Dangerous Mood" Tramps | Mar 6, 1997

    The Grammy-winning neo-Delta bluesman (aka Kevin Moore) plays "Perpetual Blues Machine" and other tunes form Just Like You in '97.

  13. Blues: Charles Brown Knee-Deep in the Blues Blues Charles Brown Knee-Deep in the Blues Tramps Feb 16, 1996 Blues: Charles Brown Knee-Deep in the Blues Tramps | Feb 16, 1996

    The pioneering pianist-singer, who was born on this day in 1922, performs his 1945 hit "Driftin' Blues" in this 1996 Tramps set.

  14. Blues: Gatemouth Brown's Swingin' Blues Blues Gatemouth Brown's Swingin' Blues Tramps Apr 6, 1996 Blues: Gatemouth Brown's Swingin' Blues Tramps | Apr 6, 1996

    The multi-faceted bluesman, who died on this day in 2005, plays his autobiographical "Born In Louisiana (Raised on the Texas Side)" in '96.

  15. Blues: Gary Clark Jr.'s Nu Blues Blues Gary Clark Jr.'s Nu Blues Good Danny's Apr 18, 2012 Blues: Gary Clark Jr.'s Nu Blues Good Danny's | Apr 18, 2012

    The Austin-based guitar slinger showcases his distortion-laced chops on "When My Train Pulls In" and "Don't Owe You a Thing" in 2012.

  16. Blues: Freddie King's Stinging Licks Blues Freddie King's Stinging Licks Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 Blues: Freddie King's Stinging Licks Ash Grove | Aug 25, 1970

    The Texas Cannonball, born on this day in 1934, bears down on "Ain't Nobody's Business" and the instrumental shuffle "Hideaway" in 1970.

  17. Blues: The Record Company Unplugged Blues The Record Company Unplugged Paste Studios Jan 27, 2016 Blues: The Record Company Unplugged Paste Studios | Jan 27, 2016 watch video

    The punk-edged blues trio from L.A. plays acoustic versions of "Off the Ground" and "Turn Me Loose" in this video from NYC's Paste Studios.

  18. Blues: Jimmy Rushing Sings the Blues Blues Jimmy Rushing Sings the Blues Blues: Jimmy Rushing Sings the Blues A Jimmy Rushing Playlist

    The blues shouter known as "Mr. Five-by-Five" was born on this day in 1901. Hear him with Duke Ellington and Sammy Price at Newport.

  19. Blues: Fleetwood Mac's Raw Bluesy Roots Blues Fleetwood Mac's Raw Bluesy Roots Carousel Ballroom Jun 8, 1968 Blues: Fleetwood Mac's Raw Bluesy Roots Carousel Ballroom | Jun 8, 1968

    Guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer lead the Brit band on B.B. King's "Worried Dream" and Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" in a '68 set.

  20. Blues: Boogie On With John Lee Hooker Blues Boogie On With John Lee Hooker Blues: Boogie On With John Lee Hooker A John Lee Hooker Playlist

    The man who electrified the Delta blues was born on this day in 1917. Hear him play "I'm In the Mood" with Bonnie Raitt in a birthday playlist.

  21. Blues: Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hootin' Blues Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hootin' Ash Grove Jan 21, 1967 Blues: Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hootin' Ash Grove | Jan 21, 1967

    The longtime partners and purveyors of Piedmont blues join in on "Hootin' the Blues" and "Rock Island Line" in this '67 Ash Grove set.

  22. Blues: Son Seals at the Bottom Line Blues Son Seals at the Bottom Line Bottom Line Jan 10, 1978 Blues: Son Seals at the Bottom Line Bottom Line | Jan 10, 1978

    The Chicago bluesman unleashes his stinging guitar chops and roaring vocals on "Hot Sauce" and "Mother-in-Law Blues" in this '78 set.

  23. Blues: Remembering Roy Buchanan Blues Remembering Roy Buchanan Central Park Jun 30, 1973 Blues: Remembering Roy Buchanan Central Park | Jun 30, 1973

    The late, great guitar player passed away on this day in 1988. Hear his cathartic, toe-curling licks on "Five String Blues" and "Hey Joe" in 1973.

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