The singer-songwriter with a biting sense of humor died on this day in 1984. Hear his "Banana Republic" and "Chicken Cordon Blues" in 1977.
The Queen of Salsa sings "A Papa," "Zambullete," "Quimbara" and other favorites with the Nuyorican bandleader in this fiery set from 1980.
The bluegrass guitar picker-singer and blues scholar plays "Sitting On Top of the World," "Man of Constant Sorrow" and other acoustic gems.
On this day in 1974, Bob Dylan began recording his classic album. Hear key tracks played by Jerry Garcia, Shawn Colvin and others in a playlist.
The banjo ace leads his bluegrass-funk-jazz band on "Flying Saucer Dudes" and others from Flight of the Cosmic Hippo in this 1990 set.
The Grateful Dead drummer, who turns 73 today, is joined by master percussionists from around the world in Pow-Wow jams from 1992.
The acoustic guitar virtuoso, who turns 71 today, showcases his incredible facility on "Bean Time," "June Bug" and "Busted Bicycle" in '73.
The mandolinist-singer, who died on this day in 1996, leads his Bluegrass Boys on "Mule Skinner Blues" and "John Hardy" in this '67 set.
The gospel singer, born on this day in 1927, shows her remarkable range and chilling emotional depth on this '75 set from Carnegie Hall.
The singer-songwriter, who has been recuperating from an illness, made a rare public appearance this week in L.A. See her in a '86 video.
Mandolinist and guitarist blend on some high lonesome harmonies on "20-20 Vision" and other tunes from Sleep With One Eye Open in 2011.
The solo troubadour shifts from banjo to guitar to fiddle on engaging ditties like "Electric Washing Machine" and "The Category Stomp."
The singer-songwriter, who turns 53 today, performs "Lady in Blue," "Ophelia" and other tunes from Abnormally Attracted to Sin in 2012.
The lanky troubadour performs solo renditions of his "Country Road" and "Carolina On My Mind" and Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee."
The former lead singer of the L.A. punk band X performs "Already in Love," "Alone in Arizona" and others from The Excitement of Maybe.
The Canadian singer-songwriter plays the politically-charged "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" and other tunes from Stealing Fire in this 1984 set.
The three amigos perform "Ballad of Hollis Brown," "When the Ship Comes In" and "Blowin' in the Wind" in this rare '85 unplugged set.
The Brooklyn-born troubadour, who turns 85 today, performs Woody Guthrie's "Talking Dust Bowl Blues" and "Match Box Blues" in this '63 set.
The Kentucky-born mandolinist, singer, and bluegrass pioneer performs "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" and "Y'all Come" in this '67 set.
The 71-year-old singer with the high-pitched wail plays "Are You Teasin' Me," "Hello Lonely" and "Sweet Appalachia" with his killer band.
One of the co-founders of Peter, Paul & Mary performs classics like "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Blowin' In the Wind" in this solo set.
The folkloric troubadour and famous actor died on this day in 2015. Hear him sing in Yiddish, Spanish, Ukranian and English at Newport '68.
The Louisiana Creole accordionist works the crowd at the '88 Newport Folk Fest with her infectious "Chere Du Lu" and "Ailons En Louisiane."
The eventual Byrds guitarist shows his flatpicking abilities on acoustic guitar on "Salty Dog Blues" and "Sally Goodin'" with the Whites in 1967.
The daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle performs tunes from I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too in 2009.
The Dust Bowl Troubadour was born on this day in 1912. Hear the Grateful Dead, Counting Crows, son Arlo and others sing his songs.
The Grammy-winning Beninese singer-songwriter performs vibrant tunes from Logozo and a searing cover of Hendrix's "Voodoo Child."
The singer-songwriter, who turns 57 today, performs "Tom's Diner," "Luka" and other tunes from Solitude Standing in this 1987 set.
The gospel-tinged soul singer, who turns 77 today, performs with the Staple Singers in 1968 and as a solo artist in 1994 in this playlist.
The Texas-born singer-songwriter, who turns 63 today, performs tunes from her Grammy-winning Other Voices, Other Rooms in this '93 set.
The singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player performs "Shotgun Blues" with her husband, banjo ace Bela Fleck, in 2011.
The Mayor of MacDougal Street, born on this day in 1936, performs Joni Mitchell's "River" and Leonard Cohen's "Bird On A Wire" in this '72 set
Guitarist Clarence White (later of The Byrds) joins in on the lament "I'm Just A Used To Be To You" and the bluegrass breakdown "Cackling Hen."
The late king of zydeco, who was born on this day in 1925, plays "Les Bons Temps Rouler" and "Zydeco Boogie Woogie" in this 1970 set.
On this day in 1968, "Paperback Writer" reached #1 on the U.S. singles charts. Hear the Charles River Valley Boys cover that Fab Four favorite.
The singer-songwriter, who turns 71 today, performs "No Freedom" and her classic "You're So Vain" with her son Ben Taylor.
Concert Vault mourns the loss of treasured bluegrass pioneer Dr. Ralph Stanley, heard here at the Newport Folk Festival, 1968.
The keyboardist-composer, who turns 81 today, performs his raga "Songs From the Old Country" featuring Krishna Bhatt on sitar in 1983.
A diverse list of artists from Ry Cooder to Ramblin' Jack Elliott, the Byrds and the Grateful Dead play tunes by the Dust Bowl troubadour.
Bernice Johnson Reagon leads the D.C.-based all-women a cappella ensemble on "Echo" and "If You Had Lived" in this '79 benefit concert.
The son of Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti turns 54 today. See him perform with his large ensemble with exotic dancers in this 2000 set.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young blend beautifully on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Teach Your Children" and "Tell Me Why" in this 1970 Fillmore set.
The acoustic guitar virtuoso plays dazzling versions of his instrumentals "Bean Time," "June Bug" and "Busted Bicycle" in 1973.
The solo troubadour, who died on this day in 2009, performs intimate versions of "People Get Ready" and "Penny Lane" in this '76 set.
The multi-instrumentalist-songwriter, who died on this day in 2001, plays witty ditties like "The Category Stomp" and "Natural To Be Gone."
The innovative banjoist mixes funk, bluegrass, jazz and world music in this uncut 1996 Flecktones set featuring special guest Andy Statman.
The traditional Irish singer from Galway performs a cappella versions of "The Rocks of Bawn," "Red Is the Rose" and "Gaelic Song" in this '83 set.
The singer-songwriter, who died on this day in 1997, performs "Grace," "Hallelujah" and "Lover, You Should've Come Over" in this '94 solo set.