The comedian, a bona fide banjo ace, joins the Steep Canyon Rangers on "Pitkin County Turnaround" and "Daddy Played the Banjo."
The versatile fiddler, born on this day in 1928, plays Louis Jordan's "Barnyard Boogie," "Orange Blossom Special" and Dickey Betts' "Jessica."
Hear guitar great Clarence and mandolinist Roland blend on bluegrass favorites like "Sally Goodin'," "Old Joe Clark" and "Shuckin' the Corn."
The virtuoso plays a haunting minor key version of "The Star Spangled Banner" and tackles one of the Bach Violin Partitas in a solo set.
The eccentric singer and ukulele player was born on this day in 1932. Hear him play "Animal Crackers" and "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" in '68.
On this day in 1961, the aspiring folkie from Hibbing played his first gig at Gerde's Folk City in New York's Greenwich Village. Hear him solo.
The singer-songwriter, who turns 66 today, performs her hit song "At Seventeen" and other tunes from Between the Lines in this 1975 set.
The British guitarist-singer-songwriter, who turns 68 today, performs "Waltzing's for Dreamers" and other tunes from his album Amnesia.
The singer-songwriter, who turns 53 today, performs her "If Not Now," "Fast Car" and "All That You Have Is Your Soul" in this intimate solo set.
The banjo innovator, who died on this day in 2012, plays his "Flint Hill Special" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and covers "Lady Madonna."
The voice of the counterculture performs his "Draft Dodgers Rag" and "Maintaining Law And Order" during the Summer of Love at Ash Grove.
The steel string acoustic guitar virtuoso plays "Redwood Ramble," "Orphan's Lament" and premieres his "Green River Suite" in this solo set.
The solo troubadour, who turns 73 today, performs "Daydream" and "Darling Be Home Soon" two months after his appearance at Woodstock.
The Dead guitarist premieres his six-piece Acoustic Band in this 1987 outdoor concert on the bank of the Eel River in Piercy, California.
The conjunto accordionist turns 78 today. Hear him with Peter Rowan's Free Mexican Airforce on "Riding High in Texas" in this 1982 set.
The four brothers in their pre-psychedelic days as a gospel quartet sing "Summertime," "Can't Buy Me Love" and "When Will I Be Loved?" in 1964.
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.