The Grammy-winning banjo virtuoso just released his orchestral Juno Concerto. Hear him with New Grass Revival and the Flecktones.
The dazzling flatpicker, powerhouse singer and banjoist, who was born on this day in 1923, shows off his considerable skills in this 1965 set.
The idiosyncratic steel-string finger style acoustic guitar genius would've turned 78 today. Hear him play "Fare Forward Voyagers" .
The African diva, who just recorded a re-imagining of Talking Heads' Remain In Light, delivers a folkloric version of "Voodoo Child" in 2006.
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.
The mandolinist and new host of NPR's A Prairie Home Companion turns 36 today. Hear him with Michael Daves and the Punch Brothers.
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.
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.
The Boston-based singer-songwriter, who turns 76 today, performs his 1968 classic "No Regrets" and covers Joni Mitchell's "Urge for Going."
The pioneering folk-swing musician died on this day in 2016. Hear him play "I Scare Myself" and "Honeysuckle Rose" with his Acoustic Warriors.
The Halifax-born singer-songwriter with the mezzo-soprano range turns 49 today. See her sing "Adia" another other tunes from Surfacing.
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.
The iconic singer-songwriter and recent Nobel Prize winner performs solo versions of "Just Like a Woman" and "Girl From the North Country."
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.
The progressive bluegrass band from Nederland, Colorado plays "Rag Doll," "Don't Worry, Happy Birthday" and other tunes from YMSB EP-13.
The roots music maven turns 69 today. Hear him in unaccompanied tracks from 1991 and featured on the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
The steel string acoustic guitar marvel stretches into areas unknown on "The Approaching of the Disco Void" and "Guitar Lamento" in 1979.
The North Carolina band's latest, True Sadness, was just nominated for a Grammy for Best Americana Album. Hear them in a 2009 session.
Multi-instrumentalist-singer and founding member John McEuen turns 71 today. Hear his pyrotechnic banjo work on "Randy Lynn Rag" in '71.
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."
Patti Smith sang this Dylan song in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Sweden. Hear interpretations of that anti-nuke anthem.
Banjo ace Bela Fleck joins mandolinist Sam Bush and the members of this bluegrass superband in a 1985 set from Vanderbilt University.
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.
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.
The late folk singer, who died on this day in 2008, showcases her incredible range and expressive powers in a playlist of spirituals.
The singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player performs "Bring Me My Queen," "Chains" and other tunes from City of Refuge in 2011.
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.
The Canadian singer-songwriter, who turns 78 today, premieres tunes from his third album Did She Mention My Name? in this 1968 set.
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."
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.
The singer-songwriter showcases her distinctive guitar style on her signature "Freight Train" and others at the age of 84 in this '76 set.
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.
The hugely influential Canadian singer-songwriter turns 73 today. Hear her perform "Coyote," "The Circle Game" and "Hejira" in this playlist.
Abigail and Lily, daughters of Thomas Chapin and nieces of the late Harry Chapin, blend harmony vocals on "Autumn" and "Angeleno."
The former Greenwich Village troubadour, who turns 79 today, sings his civil rights anthem "The Dogs of Alabama" and others in a 1964 set.
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."
The voice of a generation was named "for having created new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.” Hear a potent playlist.
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.
The eclectic quintet, featuring guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, blends early British folk music with jazz, rock and blues in a 1970 set.
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.
The singer-songwriter, who turns 71 today, performs his popular opus "American Pie" and his evocative "Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)" in 1977.
Counterculture bard mocks phony patriots ("Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore") and salutes pot smokers ("Illegal Smile").
The Phish frontman, who turns 52 today, goes solo acoustic on Phish classics like "Farmhouse," "Let Me Lie" and "Bathtub Gin" in 2008.