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.
The singer-songwriter performs intimate renditions of "Heart Of Gold," "After the Gold Rush" and "Cowgirl in the Sand" in a two-hour playlist.
The Louisiana roots music ambassador (aka Stanley Dural Jr.) died over the weekend at 68. Hear him play "Hot Tamale Baby" and "Marie Marie."
Hear the Queens-born singer-songwriter perform tunes from One Trick Pony and Graceland along with classics with partner Art Garfunkel.
Singer-songwriter and Righteous Babe exec turns 46 today. Hear her play tunes from Not a Pretty Girl and cover Prince's "When Doves Cry."
The Nigerian juju music master turns 70 today. Hear him lead his African Beats on this infectious two-hour set from Tramps in 1996.
The bard of Canada turns 82 today. Hear his songs performed by Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Dave Van Ronk and Cohen himself in this playlist.
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.