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  1. Folk & Bluegrass: 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 3 Folk & Bluegrass 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 3 Folk & Bluegrass: 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 3 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 3

    The granddaddy of all festivals closes today with performances by First Aid Kit, Lord Huron, Laura Marling, Blake Miles, Field Report and more.

  2. Folk & Bluegrass: 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 2 Folk & Bluegrass 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 2 Folk & Bluegrass: 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 2 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 2

    The 47th edition of George Wein's clambake continues today with Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Nikki Lane, Spirit Family Reunion and more.

  3. Folk & Bluegrass: 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 1 Folk & Bluegrass 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 1 Folk & Bluegrass: 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 1 2015 Newport Folk Festival, Day 1

    The 57th edition of the grandaddy of all music festivals kicks off with Iron & Wine, Watkins Family Hour, Calexico and others.

  4. Folk & Bluegrass: The Five Blind Boys of Alabama Testify Folk & Bluegrass The Five Blind Boys of Alabama Testify Central Park Jul 8, 1994 Folk & Bluegrass: The Five Blind Boys of Alabama Testify Central Park | Jul 8, 1994

    Clarence Fountain and Jimmy Carter lead the gospel group on "Brother Moses" and other tunes from Deep River in this 1994 concert.

  5. Folk & Bluegrass: R.I.P. Theodore Bikel Folk & Bluegrass R.I.P. Theodore Bikel Newport Folk Festival Jul 27, 1968 Folk & Bluegrass: R.I.P. Theodore Bikel Newport Folk Festival | Jul 27, 1968

    The actor, troubadour and civil rights activist died Monday at age 91. Hear him sing in Yiddish, Spanish and Ukranian at '68 Newport.

  6. Folk & Bluegrass: Ramblin' Jack Elliott in Berkeley, '98 Folk & Bluegrass Ramblin' Jack Elliott in Berkeley, '98 Berkeley Community Theatre May 15, 1998 Folk & Bluegrass: Ramblin' Jack Elliott in Berkeley, '98 Berkeley Community Theatre | May 15, 1998

    The Brooklyn-born cowboy performs Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" and is joined by Bob Weir on the Dead's "Friend of the Devil."

  7. Folk & Bluegrass: Harry Chapin In Memoriam Folk & Bluegrass Harry Chapin In Memoriam Rainbow Theatre Sep 3, 1977 Folk & Bluegrass: Harry Chapin In Memoriam Rainbow Theatre | Sep 3, 1977

    Hear the iconic singer-songwriter perform "Cat's in the Cradle," "Taxi" and "W.O.L.D." in this '77 set.

  8. Folk & Bluegrass: A Woody Guthrie Tribute Folk & Bluegrass A Woody Guthrie Tribute Newport Folk Festival Jul 28, 1968 Folk & Bluegrass: A Woody Guthrie Tribute Newport Folk Festival | Jul 28, 1968

    Disciples of the Dust Bowl Troubadour sing "This Land Is Your Land" and other Guthrie tunes in 1968.

  9. Folk & Bluegrass: Roger McGuinn Unplugged Folk & Bluegrass Roger McGuinn Unplugged Mahopac Mar 17, 1984 Folk & Bluegrass: Roger McGuinn Unplugged Mahopac | Mar 17, 1984

    The former frontman for the Byrds turns 73 today. Hear him play Dylan's "My Back Pages" and his "Mr. Spaceman" in this 1984 solo set.

  10. Folk & Bluegrass: Happy Birthday, Arlo Guthrie! Folk & Bluegrass Happy Birthday, Arlo Guthrie! Newport Folk Festival Jul 26, 1968 Folk & Bluegrass: Happy Birthday, Arlo Guthrie! Newport Folk Festival | Jul 26, 1968

    The folk singer-songwriter turned 68 this week. Hear him as a 21-year-old singing his dad's "Swimmy Swim" at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival.

  11. Folk & Bluegrass: Bela Fleck: Wizard of the Strings Folk & Bluegrass Bela Fleck: Wizard of the Strings Folk & Bluegrass: Bela Fleck: Wizard of the Strings Bela Fleck Playlist

    The banjo virtuoso, who turns 57 today, pushes the boundaries of what his instrument can do with the New Grass Revival and his Flecktones.

  12. Folk & Bluegrass: The Kentucky Colonels at Ash Grove, '65 Folk & Bluegrass The Kentucky Colonels at Ash Grove, '65 Ash Grove Apr 6, 1965 Folk & Bluegrass: The Kentucky Colonels at Ash Grove, '65 Ash Grove | Apr 6, 1965

    Brothers Clarence and Roland White lead the group on "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," "Uncle Pen" and other tunes from Appalachian Swing!

  13. Folk & Bluegrass: Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers Unplugged Folk & Bluegrass Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers Unplugged Paste Ruins at Newport Folk Festival Jul 28, 2013 Folk & Bluegrass: Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers Unplugged Paste Ruins at Newport Folk Festival | Jul 28, 2013 watch video

    The California band performs all-acoustic versions of "Till I'm Blue," "A Little Too Late" and "Squeaky Wheel" at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

  14. Folk & Bluegrass: Marion Williams In Memoriam Folk & Bluegrass Marion Williams In Memoriam Carnegie Hall Jun 28, 1975 Folk & Bluegrass: Marion Williams In Memoriam Carnegie Hall | Jun 28, 1975

    The great gospel singer, who died on this day in 1994, is joined by "father of black gospel music" Thomas A. Dorsey in this 1975 concert.

  15. Folk & Bluegrass: Dave Van Ronk's Folk-Blues Muse Folk & Bluegrass Dave Van Ronk's Folk-Blues Muse Windham College Dec 2, 1972 Folk & Bluegrass: Dave Van Ronk's Folk-Blues Muse Windham College | Dec 2, 1972

    The "Mayor of McDougal Street," born on this day in 1936, plays Leonard Cohen's "Bird On a Wire" and Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now."

  16. Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Tim Buckley Folk & Bluegrass Remembering Tim Buckley Newport Folk Festival Jul 28, 1968 Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Tim Buckley Newport Folk Festival | Jul 28, 1968

    The singer-songwriter, who died on this day in 1975, showcases his extraordinary voice on "Buzzin' Fly" and "The Dolphins" at Newport '68.

  17. Folk & Bluegrass: Clifton Chenier in New Orleans, 1970 Folk & Bluegrass Clifton Chenier in New Orleans, 1970 Beauregard Square Apr 23, 1970 Folk & Bluegrass: Clifton Chenier in New Orleans, 1970 Beauregard Square | Apr 23, 1970

    The King of Zydeco was born on this day 90 years ago. Hear the Creole French-speaking native of Opelousas perform "Les Bon Temps Rouler."

  18. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Doug Paisley at the Living Room Folk & Bluegrass Video: Doug Paisley at the Living Room Living Room NYC Aug 29, 2011 Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Doug Paisley at the Living Room Living Room NYC | Aug 29, 2011 watch video

    The Canadian singer-songwriter performs "What I Saw," "No One But You" and others from Constant Companion in this intimate solo set.

  19. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Femi Kuti's Mesmerizing Grooves Folk & Bluegrass Video: Femi Kuti's Mesmerizing Grooves Newport Jazz Festival Aug 12, 2000 Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Femi Kuti's Mesmerizing Grooves Newport Jazz Festival | Aug 12, 2000 watch video

    The Nigerian singer-songwriter-saxophonist and eldest son of Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti turns 53 today. See him at Newport 2000.

  20. Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Harry Chapin Flying Solo Folk & Bluegrass Video: Harry Chapin Flying Solo Capitol Theatre Oct 21, 1978 Folk & Bluegrass: Video: Harry Chapin Flying Solo Capitol Theatre | Oct 21, 1978 watch video

    The troubadour performs unaccompanied versions of his songs "W.O.L.D.," "Taxi" and "Cats in the Cradle" in this intimate '78 set.

  21. Folk & Bluegrass: The Majesty of Joni Mitchell Folk & Bluegrass The Majesty of Joni Mitchell Giants Stadium Jun 15, 1986 Folk & Bluegrass: The Majesty of Joni Mitchell Giants Stadium | Jun 15, 1986 watch video

    The singer-songwriter, who is still recovering from a serious illness, performs "The Three Great Stimulants" and "Hejira" in this 1986 video.

  22. Folk & Bluegrass: The Ultimate Clarence White Playlist Folk & Bluegrass The Ultimate Clarence White Playlist Folk & Bluegrass: The Ultimate Clarence White Playlist The Ultimate Clarence White Playlist

    The late great bluegrass guitar picker would've turned 71 today. Hear him with the Kentucky Colonels, the White Brothers and the Byrds.

  23. Folk & Bluegrass: John Hartford at Amazingrace, 1974 Folk & Bluegrass John Hartford at Amazingrace, 1974 Amazingrace Jan 24, 1974 Folk & Bluegrass: John Hartford at Amazingrace, 1974 Amazingrace | Jan 24, 1974

    The multi-instrumentalist-songwriter, who died on this day in 2001, performs "Don't Leave Your Records in the Sun" and other solo ditties.

  24. Folk & Bluegrass: Carolina Chocolate Drops at Daytrotter Folk & Bluegrass Carolina Chocolate Drops at Daytrotter Daytrotter Studio May 19, 2011 Folk & Bluegrass: Carolina Chocolate Drops at Daytrotter Daytrotter Studio | May 19, 2011

    The African-American string band from Durham performs "'Po Black Sheep," "Skillet Good and Greasy" and others in this 2011 set.

  25. Folk & Bluegrass: A Doc Watson Celebration Folk & Bluegrass A Doc Watson Celebration Folk & Bluegrass: A Doc Watson Celebration Doc Watson playlist

    The great flatpicker-singer, who died on this day in 2012, plays "Old Dan Tucker," "Black Mountain Rag" and more in this hour-plus playlist.

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  1. Folk & Bluegrass: Unadulterated Dylan Folk & Bluegrass Unadulterated Dylan Folk & Bluegrass: Unadulterated Dylan A Bob Dylan Solo Playlist

    Prolific songwriter and cultural icon Bob Dylan turned 74 on Sunday. Hear him perform in a stripped-down setting in this playlist.

  2. Folk & Bluegrass: The Rowan Bros. With Garcia and Grisman Folk & Bluegrass The Rowan Bros. With Garcia and Grisman Fillmore West Jul 2, 1971 Folk & Bluegrass: The Rowan Bros. With Garcia and Grisman Fillmore West | Jul 2, 1971

    Siblings Chris and Lorin Rowan are joined by the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Bill Kreutzmann and mandolinist Dave Grisman in 1971.

  3. Folk & Bluegrass: The Wood Brothers' Americana Appeal Folk & Bluegrass The Wood Brothers' Americana Appeal Folk & Bluegrass: The Wood Brothers' Americana Appeal A Wood Brothers Playlist

    Guitarist-singer Oliver and bassist Chris blend as only siblings can on soulful originals from their albums Ways Not to Lose and Loaded.

  4. 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 Colorado-based progressive bluegrass group performs "Pockets," "Rag Doll" and "Straight Line" in this 2012 set from North Carolina.

  5. Folk & Bluegrass: Ramblin' Jack Elliott at Ash Grove Folk & Bluegrass Ramblin' Jack Elliott at Ash Grove Ash Grove Jul 17, 1964 Folk & Bluegrass: Ramblin' Jack Elliott at Ash Grove Ash Grove | Jul 17, 1964

    The Brooklyn-born Jewish cowboy/folkie covers Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman" and Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" in this '64 set.

  6. Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Guy Carawan Folk & Bluegrass Remembering Guy Carawan Old Campus May 8, 1964 Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Guy Carawan Old Campus | May 8, 1964

    Celebrate the life of the man who popularized "We Shall Overcome" as an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement with this brief performance.

  7. Folk & Bluegrass: A Mumford & Sons Hootenany Folk & Bluegrass A Mumford & Sons Hootenany Dixon High School Oct 1, 2012 Folk & Bluegrass: A Mumford & Sons Hootenany Dixon High School | Oct 1, 2012

    Singer Marcus Mumford leads a group of friends, including Abigail Washburn and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, in this 2012 concert.

  8. Folk & Bluegrass: A Pete Seeger Birthday Playlist Folk & Bluegrass A Pete Seeger Birthday Playlist Folk & Bluegrass: A Pete Seeger Birthday Playlist Pete Seeger Birthday Playlist

    The troubadour and social/environmental activist, who died last year, was born on this day in 1919. Hear him in performances from '68-'72.

  9. Folk & Bluegrass: The Possum Hunters at Ash Grove Folk & Bluegrass The Possum Hunters at Ash Grove Ash Grove Jul 27, 1967 Folk & Bluegrass: The Possum Hunters at Ash Grove Ash Grove | Jul 27, 1967

    The old-timey string band revivalists premiere tunes from their album Death on Lee Highway & Other Southern Lullabies in this 1967 set.

  10. Folk & Bluegrass: Trey Anastasio Flies Solo Folk & Bluegrass Trey Anastasio Flies Solo Newport Folk Festival Aug 2, 2008 Folk & Bluegrass: Trey Anastasio Flies Solo Newport Folk Festival | Aug 2, 2008 watch video

    Phish's guitarist-frontman plays unadorned acoustic versions of "Bathtub Gin," "Chalk Dust Torture" and "Water in the Sky" at Newport.

  11. Folk & Bluegrass: Doc and Merle Watson at Ash Grove Folk & Bluegrass Doc and Merle Watson at Ash Grove Ash Grove May 5, 1967 Folk & Bluegrass: Doc and Merle Watson at Ash Grove Ash Grove | May 5, 1967

    The father-son guitar team performs Americana classics like "Gambler's Yodel," "Milk Cow Blues" and "House of the Rising Sun" in this 1967 set.

  12. Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Richie Havens Folk & Bluegrass Remembering Richie Havens Bottom Line Sep 12, 1976 Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Richie Havens Bottom Line | Sep 12, 1976

    The late troubadour and Woodstock icon died on this day in 2013 at age 72. Hear him perform "Here Comes the Sun" in this 1976 set.

  13. Folk & Bluegrass: Ani DiFranco's Daytrotter Session Folk & Bluegrass Ani DiFranco's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Sep 22, 2008 Folk & Bluegrass: Ani DiFranco's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio | Sep 22, 2008

    The feminist-activist singer-songwriter premieres intimate, thought-provoking tunes from her album Red Letter Year in this 2008 set.

  14. Folk & Bluegrass: Billy Bragg's Songs of Protest Folk & Bluegrass Billy Bragg's Songs of Protest Stage On Sixth Mar 15, 2013 Folk & Bluegrass: Billy Bragg's Songs of Protest Stage On Sixth | Mar 15, 2013 watch video

    The Brit troubadour/left-wing activist sings of equal marriage, workers rights, drone strikes and other politically-tinged topics at SXSW 2013.

  15. Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Jesse Winchester Folk & Bluegrass Remembering Jesse Winchester Bottom Line May 1, 1977 Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Jesse Winchester Bottom Line | May 1, 1977

    The singer-songwriter passed away on this day a year ago. Hear him play tunes from his Nothing But the Breeze in this '77 Bottom Line set.

  16. Folk & Bluegrass: King Sunny Ade's African Dance Party Folk & Bluegrass King Sunny Ade's African Dance Party Tramps Aug 31, 1996 Folk & Bluegrass: King Sunny Ade's African Dance Party Tramps | Aug 31, 1996

    The Nigerian king of juju music (aka, the Minister of Enjoyment) stirs up infectious rhythms with his African Beats at this Tramps concert.

  17. Folk & Bluegrass: Don't Mess With Rockin' Sidney's Toot Toot Folk & Bluegrass Don't Mess With Rockin' Sidney's Toot Toot Hampton, VA Nov 6, 1985 Folk & Bluegrass: Don't Mess With Rockin' Sidney's Toot Toot Hampton, VA | Nov 6, 1985

    The Louisiana zydeco star performs his international hit "My Toot Toot" and "Jalapeno Lena" in this 1985 concert from Hampton, Virginia.

  18. Folk & Bluegrass: Babatunde Olatunji at Wolfgang's Folk & Bluegrass Babatunde Olatunji at Wolfgang's Wolfgang's Jan 5, 1986 Folk & Bluegrass: Babatunde Olatunji at Wolfgang's Wolfgang's | Jan 5, 1986

    The Nigerian percussion master and world music pioneer, who died on this day in 2003, performs with his African percussion ensemble in '86.

  19. Folk & Bluegrass: Happy Birthday, Richard Thompson! Folk & Bluegrass Happy Birthday, Richard Thompson! Newport Folk Festival Jul 1, 1988 Folk & Bluegrass: Happy Birthday, Richard Thompson! Newport Folk Festival | Jul 1, 1988

    The great guitarist and songwriter, who turns 66 today, performs "Waltzing's for Dreamers" and other tunes from Amnesia in this '88 set.

  20. Folk & Bluegrass: Eric Schoenberg Picks on the Beatles Folk & Bluegrass Eric Schoenberg Picks on the Beatles Great American Music Hall Sep 2, 1976 Folk & Bluegrass: Eric Schoenberg Picks on the Beatles Great American Music Hall | Sep 2, 1976

    The fingerstyle guitarist performs "Here, There And Everywhere" and "My Guitar Gently Weeps" and several rags in this 1976 solo set.

  21. Folk & Bluegrass: Joan Baez & Bob Dylan Duets Folk & Bluegrass Joan Baez & Bob Dylan Duets Folk & Bluegrass: Joan Baez & Bob Dylan Duets Joan Baez & Bob Dylan Playlist

    The two kindred spirits and former lovers perform "Blowin' in the Wind" and "I Shall Be Released" on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975.

  22. Folk & Bluegrass: Tracy Chapman's Victory Tour Folk & Bluegrass Tracy Chapman's Victory Tour Oakland Coliseum Stadium May 27, 1989 Folk & Bluegrass: Tracy Chapman's Victory Tour Oakland Coliseum Stadium | May 27, 1989

    The singer-songwriter, who turns 51 today, performs "Fast Car" and "Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution" from her Grammy-winning debut album.

  23. Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Earl Scruggs Folk & Bluegrass Remembering Earl Scruggs Amazingrace May 26, 1972 Folk & Bluegrass: Remembering Earl Scruggs Amazingrace | May 26, 1972

    The banjo great, who died on this day in 2012, performs staples like "Flint Hill Special" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" in this 1972 set.

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