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  1. Folk & Bluegrass: The Adventures of Bela Fleck Folk & Bluegrass The Adventures of Bela Fleck Folk & Bluegrass: The Adventures of Bela Fleck Bela Fleck Playlist

    The Grammy-winning banjo virtuoso just released his orchestral Juno Concerto. Hear him with New Grass Revival and the Flecktones.

  2. Folk & Bluegrass: Doc Watson Holds Court at the Ash Grove Folk & Bluegrass Doc Watson Holds Court at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Apr 13, 1965 Folk & Bluegrass: Doc Watson Holds Court at the Ash Grove Ash Grove | Apr 13, 1965

    The dazzling flatpicker, powerhouse singer and banjoist, who was born on this day in 1923, shows off his considerable skills in this 1965 set.

  3. Folk & Bluegrass: John Fahey at Amazingrace, 1974 Folk & Bluegrass John Fahey at Amazingrace, 1974 Amazingrace Aug 24, 1974 Folk & Bluegrass: John Fahey at Amazingrace, 1974 Amazingrace | Aug 24, 1974

    The idiosyncratic steel-string finger style acoustic guitar genius would've turned 78 today. Hear him play "Fare Forward Voyagers" .

  4. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Angelique Kidjo Covers Jimi Hendrix Folk & Bluegrass Video: Angelique Kidjo Covers Jimi Hendrix Newport Jazz Festival Aug 13, 2006 Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Angelique Kidjo Covers Jimi Hendrix Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 13, 2006 watch video

    The African diva, who just recorded a re-imagining of Talking Heads' Remain In Light, delivers a folkloric version of "Voodoo Child" in 2006.

  5. Folk & Bluegrass: Ralph Stanley at the Newport Folk Festival Folk & Bluegrass Ralph Stanley at the Newport Folk Festival Newport Folk Festival Jul 27, 1968 Folk & Bluegrass: Ralph Stanley at the Newport Folk Festival Newport Folk Festival | Jul 27, 1968

    The late banjoist-singer and bluegrass pioneer was born on this day in 1927. Hear him with his Clinch Mountain Boys in this 1968 set.

  6. Folk & Bluegrass: A Chris Thile Birthday Playlist Folk & Bluegrass A Chris Thile Birthday Playlist Folk & Bluegrass: A Chris Thile Birthday Playlist A Chris Thile Playlist

    The mandolinist and new host of NPR's A Prairie Home Companion turns 36 today. Hear him with Michael Daves and the Punch Brothers.

  7. Folk & Bluegrass: Tim Buckley at the Newport Folk Festival Folk & Bluegrass Tim Buckley at the Newport Folk Festival Newport Folk Festival Jul 28, 1968 Folk & Bluegrass: Tim Buckley at the Newport Folk Festival Newport Folk Festival | Jul 28, 1968

    The singer-songwriter, who was born on this day in 1947, casts a spell on his impassioned reading of "Wayfaring Stranger" in this 1968 set.

  8. Folk & Bluegrass: Dave Van Ronk In Memoriam Folk & Bluegrass Dave Van Ronk In Memoriam Windham College Dec 2, 1972 Folk & Bluegrass: Dave Van Ronk In Memoriam Windham College | Dec 2, 1972

    The musical Mayor of MacDougal Street, who died on this day in 2002, covers songs by Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Kurt Weil in 1972.

  9. Folk & Bluegrass: Tom Rush at Amazingrace, 1976 Folk & Bluegrass Tom Rush at Amazingrace, 1976 Amazingrace Jan 10, 1976 Folk & Bluegrass: Tom Rush at Amazingrace, 1976 Amazingrace | Jan 10, 1976

    The Boston-based singer-songwriter, who turns 76 today, performs his 1968 classic "No Regrets" and covers Joni Mitchell's "Urge for Going."

  10. Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Dan Hicks Folk & Bluegrass Remembering Dan Hicks Black Oak Ranch Aug 31, 1996 Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Dan Hicks Black Oak Ranch | Aug 31, 1996

    The pioneering folk-swing musician died on this day in 2016. Hear him play "I Scare Myself" and "Honeysuckle Rose" with his Acoustic Warriors.

  11. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Sarah McLachlan at Shoreline, 1998 Folk & Bluegrass Video: Sarah McLachlan at Shoreline, 1998 Shoreline Amphitheatre Oct 18, 1998 Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Sarah McLachlan at Shoreline, 1998 Shoreline Amphitheatre | Oct 18, 1998 watch video

    The Halifax-born singer-songwriter with the mezzo-soprano range turns 49 today. See her sing "Adia" another other tunes from Surfacing.

  12. Folk & Bluegrass: Pete Seeger In Memoriam Folk & Bluegrass Pete Seeger In Memoriam New England College Nov 22, 1972 Folk & Bluegrass: Pete Seeger In Memoriam New England College | Nov 22, 1972

    The pioneering folk musician and social activist, who died on this day in 2014, leads a crowd at New England College on a sing-along in 1972.

  13. Folk & Bluegrass: Positively Uncut Bob Dylan Folk & Bluegrass Positively Uncut Bob Dylan Folk & Bluegrass: Positively Uncut Bob Dylan A Bob Dylan Solo Playlist

    The iconic singer-songwriter and recent Nobel Prize winner performs solo versions of "Just Like a Woman" and "Girl From the North Country."

  14. Folk & Bluegrass: A  Birthday Salute to Richie Havens Folk & Bluegrass A Birthday Salute to Richie Havens Bottom Line Sep 12, 1976 Folk & Bluegrass: A  Birthday Salute to Richie Havens Bottom Line | Sep 12, 1976

    The iconic folkie was born on this day in 1941. Hear him cover "Here Comes the Sun" and "Fire and Rain" in this Bottom Line set from 1976.

  15. Folk & Bluegrass: Yonder Mountain String Band in Asheville Folk & Bluegrass Yonder Mountain String Band in Asheville Echo Mountain Recording Aug 13, 2012 Folk & Bluegrass: Yonder Mountain String Band in Asheville Echo Mountain Recording | Aug 13, 2012

    The progressive bluegrass band from Nederland, Colorado plays "Rag Doll," "Don't Worry, Happy Birthday" and other tunes from YMSB EP-13.

  16. Folk & Bluegrass: A T-Bone Burnett Birthday Playlist Folk & Bluegrass A T-Bone Burnett Birthday Playlist Folk & Bluegrass: A T-Bone Burnett Birthday Playlist T-Bone Burnett playlist

    The roots music maven turns 69 today. Hear him in unaccompanied tracks from 1991 and featured on the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975.

  17. Folk & Bluegrass: Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center, 2001 Folk & Bluegrass Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center, 2001 Kennedy Center Nov 19, 2001 Folk & Bluegrass: Arlo Guthrie at the Kennedy Center, 2001 Kennedy Center | Nov 19, 2001

    The iconic folkie performs orchestral versions of "When a Soldier Comes Home," "The Patriot's Dream" and his father's "This Land Is Your Land."

  18. Folk & Bluegrass: A Joan Baez Milestone Folk & Bluegrass A Joan Baez Milestone Cumberland County Civic Center Jul 3, 1982 Folk & Bluegrass: A Joan Baez Milestone Cumberland County Civic Center | Jul 3, 1982

    The iconic '60s folk singer, who turns 75 today, performs "Diamonds and Rust" and Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" in a solo set.

  19. Folk & Bluegrass: Five Blind Boys of Alabama's Sanctified Soul Folk & Bluegrass Five Blind Boys of Alabama's Sanctified Soul Central Park Jul 8, 1994 Folk & Bluegrass: Five Blind Boys of Alabama's Sanctified Soul Central Park | Jul 8, 1994

    Vocalist and co-founder Clarence Fountain leads the gospel group on "Look Where He Brought Me From" and Dylan's "I Believe in You" in '94.

  20. Folk & Bluegrass: John Hartford at Amazingrace Folk & Bluegrass John Hartford at Amazingrace Amazingrace Jul 11, 1975 Folk & Bluegrass: John Hartford at Amazingrace Amazingrace | Jul 11, 1975

    The folk and bluegrass icon, who was born on this day in 1937, plays "The Category Stomp" and "Steam Powered Aero-Plane" in a 1975 set.

  21. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Peter, Paul & Mary at Giants Stadium Folk & Bluegrass Video: Peter, Paul & Mary at Giants Stadium Giants Stadium Jun 15, 1986 Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Peter, Paul & Mary at Giants Stadium Giants Stadium | Jun 15, 1986 watch video

    Paul Stookey, who turns 79 today, joins Peter Yarrow and Mary Travers on "If I Had a Hammer" and "No Easy Road to Freedom" in 1986.

  22. Folk & Bluegrass: John Fahey's Quirky Virtuosity Folk & Bluegrass John Fahey's Quirky Virtuosity Great American Music Hall Oct 31, 1979 Folk & Bluegrass: John Fahey's Quirky Virtuosity Great American Music Hall | Oct 31, 1979

    The steel string acoustic guitar marvel stretches into areas unknown on "The Approaching of the Disco Void" and "Guitar Lamento" in 1979.

  23. Folk & Bluegrass: The Avett Brothers at Big Orange Studios Folk & Bluegrass The Avett Brothers at Big Orange Studios Big Orange Studios Jul 27, 2009 Folk & Bluegrass: The Avett Brothers at Big Orange Studios Big Orange Studios | Jul 27, 2009

    The North Carolina band's latest, True Sadness, was just nominated for a Grammy for Best Americana Album. Hear them in a 2009 session.

  24. Folk & Bluegrass: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at St. John's U. Folk & Bluegrass Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at St. John's U. St. Johns University Apr 24, 1971 Folk & Bluegrass: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at St. John's U. St. Johns University | Apr 24, 1971

    Multi-instrumentalist-singer and founding member John McEuen turns 71 today. Hear his pyrotechnic banjo work on "Randy Lynn Rag" in '71.

  25. Folk & Bluegrass: Earl Scruggs Revue at Amazingrace, 1972 Folk & Bluegrass Earl Scruggs Revue at Amazingrace, 1972 Amazingrace May 26, 1972 Folk & Bluegrass: Earl Scruggs Revue at Amazingrace, 1972 Amazingrace | May 26, 1972

    The bluegrass icon leads his family band on staples like "T For Texas" and "Flint Hill Special" and a cover of the Beatles' "Lady Madonna."

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  1. Folk & Bluegrass: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fallout Folk & Bluegrass A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fallout Folk & Bluegrass: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fallout Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall playlist

    Patti Smith sang this Dylan song in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Sweden. Hear interpretations of that anti-nuke anthem.

  2. Folk & Bluegrass: New Grass Revival in Nashville Folk & Bluegrass New Grass Revival in Nashville Vanderbilt University Jan 12, 1985 Folk & Bluegrass: New Grass Revival in Nashville Vanderbilt University | Jan 12, 1985

    Banjo ace Bela Fleck joins mandolinist Sam Bush and the members of this bluegrass superband in a 1985 set from Vanderbilt University.

  3. Folk & Bluegrass: Harry Chapin Flies Solo Folk & Bluegrass Harry Chapin Flies Solo Capitol Theatre Oct 21, 1978 Folk & Bluegrass: Harry Chapin Flies Solo Capitol Theatre | Oct 21, 1978 watch video

    The singer-songwriter, who was born on this day in 1942, performs unaccompanied versions of his hits "Taxi" and "W.O.L.D." in this '78 set.

  4. Folk & Bluegrass: A Leadbelly Tribute at Newport, 1969 Folk & Bluegrass A Leadbelly Tribute at Newport, 1969 Newport Folk Festival Jul 20, 1969 Folk & Bluegrass: A Leadbelly Tribute at Newport, 1969 Newport Folk Festival | Jul 20, 1969

    The folk singer-songwriter (aka Huddie Ledbetter) died on this day in 1949. Hear Pete Seeger lead an all-star group on several of his tunes.

  5. Folk & Bluegrass: Odetta In Memoriam Folk & Bluegrass Odetta In Memoriam Folk & Bluegrass: Odetta In Memoriam An Odetta Playlist

    The late folk singer, who died on this day in 2008, showcases her incredible range and expressive powers in a playlist of spirituals.

  6. Folk & Bluegrass: Abigail Washburn's Daytrotter Session Folk & Bluegrass Abigail Washburn's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Jan 26, 2011 Folk & Bluegrass: Abigail Washburn's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio | Jan 26, 2011

    The singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player performs "Bring Me My Queen," "Chains" and other tunes from City of Refuge in 2011.

  7. Folk & Bluegrass: Jeff Buckley in Scotland Folk & Bluegrass Jeff Buckley in Scotland Gleneagles Sep 3, 1994 Folk & Bluegrass: Jeff Buckley in Scotland Gleneagles | Sep 3, 1994

    The late troubadour, who was born on this day 50 years ago, plays Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and his own "Grace" in this '94 solo set.

  8. Folk & Bluegrass: Gordon Lightfoot at the Fillmore West Folk & Bluegrass Gordon Lightfoot at the Fillmore West Fillmore West Oct 5, 1968 Folk & Bluegrass: Gordon Lightfoot at the Fillmore West Fillmore West | Oct 5, 1968

    The Canadian singer-songwriter, who turns 78 today, premieres tunes from his third album Did She Mention My Name? in this 1968 set.

  9. Folk & Bluegrass: Buckwheat Zydeco at Tramps, 1996 Folk & Bluegrass Buckwheat Zydeco at Tramps, 1996 Tramps Feb 24, 1996 Folk & Bluegrass: Buckwheat Zydeco at Tramps, 1996 Tramps | Feb 24, 1996

    The Creole accordionist, born on this day in 1947, puts a zydeco slant on "Rock Me Baby," "Beast of Burden," "Marie Marie" and "Hey Joe."

  10. Folk & Bluegrass: R.I.P. Leonard Cohen Folk & Bluegrass R.I.P. Leonard Cohen Royal Albert Hall Jun 5, 1988 Folk & Bluegrass: R.I.P. Leonard Cohen Royal Albert Hall | Jun 5, 1988

    The Canadian-born poet and singer-songwriter died on Thursday at age 82. Hear him perform "Tower Of Song" at Royal Albert Hall in '88.

  11. Folk & Bluegrass: Elizabeth Cotten's Songs and Stories Folk & Bluegrass Elizabeth Cotten's Songs and Stories Great American Music Hall Mar 16, 1976 Folk & Bluegrass: Elizabeth Cotten's Songs and Stories Great American Music Hall | Mar 16, 1976

    The singer-songwriter showcases her distinctive guitar style on her signature "Freight Train" and others at the age of 84 in this '76 set.

  12. Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Mary Travers Folk & Bluegrass Remembering Mary Travers Giants Stadium Jun 15, 1986 Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Mary Travers Giants Stadium | Jun 15, 1986 watch video

    The late folk singer would've turned 80 today. See her sing "If I Had a Hammer" and "Blowin' in the Wind" with Peter, Paul & Mary in 1986.

  13. Folk & Bluegrass: Happy Birthday, Joni Mitchell! Folk & Bluegrass Happy Birthday, Joni Mitchell! Folk & Bluegrass: Happy Birthday, Joni Mitchell! A Joni Mitchell Birthday Playlist

    The hugely influential Canadian singer-songwriter turns 73 today. Hear her perform "Coyote," "The Circle Game" and "Hejira" in this playlist.

  14. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: The Chapin Sisters at Paste Studios Folk & Bluegrass Video: The Chapin Sisters at Paste Studios Paste Studios Jan 11, 2016 Folk & Bluegrass: Video: The Chapin Sisters at Paste Studios Paste Studios | Jan 11, 2016 watch video

    Abigail and Lily, daughters of Thomas Chapin and nieces of the late Harry Chapin, blend harmony vocals on "Autumn" and "Angeleno."

  15. Folk & Bluegrass: Tom Paxton's Songs of Protest Folk & Bluegrass Tom Paxton's Songs of Protest Old Campus May 9, 1964 Folk & Bluegrass: Tom Paxton's Songs of Protest Old Campus | May 9, 1964

    The former Greenwich Village troubadour, who turns 79 today, sings his civil rights anthem "The Dogs of Alabama" and others in a 1964 set.

  16. Folk & Bluegrass: The Majesty of Mahalia Jackson Folk & Bluegrass The Majesty of Mahalia Jackson Folk & Bluegrass: The Majesty of Mahalia Jackson A Mahalia Jackson Playlist

    The great gospel singer, born on this day in 1911, shows her glorious voice on "How I Got Over," "Elijah Rock" and "Closer Walk With Thee."

  17. Folk & Bluegrass: Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature Folk & Bluegrass Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature Folk & Bluegrass: Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature Bob Dylan Playlist

    The voice of a generation was named "for having created new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.” Hear a potent playlist.

  18. Folk & Bluegrass: John Denver In Memoriam Folk & Bluegrass John Denver In Memoriam Ethel Kennedy Residence Aug 29, 1972 Folk & Bluegrass: John Denver In Memoriam Ethel Kennedy Residence | Aug 29, 1972

    The singer-songwriter, who died in a plane crash on this day in 1997, performs his signature "Rocky Mountain High" in a benefit from 1972.

  19. Folk & Bluegrass: Pentangle's Baroque Folk Folk & Bluegrass Pentangle's Baroque Folk Berkeley Community Theatre May 29, 1970 Folk & Bluegrass: Pentangle's Baroque Folk Berkeley Community Theatre | May 29, 1970

    The eclectic quintet, featuring guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, blends early British folk music with jazz, rock and blues in a 1970 set.

  20. Folk & Bluegrass: A Salute to Woody Guthrie Folk & Bluegrass A Salute to Woody Guthrie Newport Folk Festival Jul 28, 1968 Folk & Bluegrass: A Salute to Woody Guthrie Newport Folk Festival | Jul 28, 1968

    The Dust Bowl Troubadour died on this day in 1967 at age 55. Hear his son Arlo, Pete Seeger and other folk artists pay tribute at Newport '68.

  21. Folk & Bluegrass: Don McLean's Solo Musings Folk & Bluegrass Don McLean's Solo Musings Bottom Line Feb 18, 1977 Folk & Bluegrass: Don McLean's Solo Musings Bottom Line | Feb 18, 1977

    The singer-songwriter, who turns 71 today, performs his popular opus "American Pie" and his evocative "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)" in 1977.

  22. Folk & Bluegrass: John Prine's Thought-Provoking Odes Folk & Bluegrass John Prine's Thought-Provoking Odes Lenox Music Inn Aug 25, 1973 Folk & Bluegrass: John Prine's Thought-Provoking Odes Lenox Music Inn | Aug 25, 1973

    Counterculture bard mocks phony patriots ("Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore") and salutes pot smokers ("Illegal Smile").

  23. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Trey Anastasio Unplugged at Newport Folk & Bluegrass Video: Trey Anastasio Unplugged at Newport Newport Folk Festival Aug 2, 2008 Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Trey Anastasio Unplugged at Newport Newport Folk Festival | Aug 2, 2008 watch video

    The Phish frontman, who turns 52 today, goes solo acoustic on Phish classics like "Farmhouse," "Let Me Lie" and "Bathtub Gin" in 2008.

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