Concert Vault

Ash Grove

Ash Grove

Nine months ago we released the first concerts from the archives of L.A.'s storied Ash Grove club. Now listen to the latest set of carefully restored, never before heard shows from this historic venue. We are also proud to present a preview of the only known video ever filmed at the club: Muddy Waters Blues Power. Take a glimpse inside the Ash Grove with one of the all-time blues masters. Enjoy!

Muddy Waters at the Ash Grove, 1971

New to the Vault

  • The Rising Sons The Rising Sons 05.28.1965 The Rising Sons literally formed within the walls of the Ash Grove. Including Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, these young club regulars had spent countless hours studying the music and performances of the older folk and blues artists. The Sons were clearly way ahead of their time. Play Now
  • Merle Travis Merle Travis 11.21.1965 Merle Travis' pioneering approach to the guitar has had a profound influence. This remarkable set show why he is widely known as one of the most talented and influential American guitarists of the twentieth century. Play Now
  • Lightnin' Hopkins Lightnin' Hopkins 05.06.1966 Of all the influential Texas blues men, none were more prolific than Hopkins. His intricate boogie riffs resonated with musicians and fans alike, and his improvisational ability made every live performance a unique experience. Play Now
  • Mance Lipscomb Mance Lipscomb 05.07.1966 A consummate country blues style fingerpicker, the music of Lipscomb is a pathway to discovering a musical culture of the early 20th century. Of the many Lipscomb recordings in the vault, this is one of the best. Play Now
  • Doc Watson and Merle Watson Doc Watson and Merle Watson 05.05.1967 This recording captures Doc at his best. Watson's voice is full and powerful, and it perfectly assimilates with the duo's complex, melodic picking. The performance is a clinic on nuance and technical proficiency as can only be exhibited by true masters of bluegrass picking. Play Now
  • Lydia E. Pinkham Lydia E. Pinkham Orchestra 08.22.1967 The Lydia E. Pinkham Superior Orchestra brought their wild and wacky musical antics to the Ash Grove during the Summer of Love. This recording captures the group in fine form, full of youthful enthusiasm and jug band delights, delivering a wide range of material. Play Now
  • Bessie Jones & The Sea Island Singers Bessie Jones 06.12.1963 This astonishing and rare live recording of folk/gospel/blues icon Bessie Jones, made with her acclaimed vocal group, the Georgia Sea Island Singers, is truly an American treasure. Play Now
  • Pamela Polland And Ry Cooder Pamela Polland & Ry Cooder 08.21.1964 This excellent recording features Polland backed by Ry Cooder prior to his earliest recordings with the Rising Sons. It provides insight into both Polland's and Cooder's roots and places a heavy emphasis on traditional folk and blues, always popular fixtures at the Ash Grove. Play Now
  • Jackie DeShannon And Ry Cooder Jackie DeShannon & Ry Cooder 09.03.1963 This remarkable recording captures a 19-year-old DeShannon accompanied by one of the most respected guitar players of 20th century, Ry Cooder, then a mere 16 years old. Fans of either artist will be delighted that this performance has been captured so well. Play Now