1. Roy Buchanan's Six-String Sizzle Blues: Roy Buchanan's Six-String Sizzle The late Master of the Telecaster flaunts peerless chops on "Bitter Memories," "C.C. Rider," "Five String Blues" and his trademark "The Messiah Will Come Again."
  2. Steve Ray Vaughan's Flood of Licks Blues: Steve Ray Vaughan's Flood of Licks 6 songs 36:31 The late, great Texas guitar slinger plays "Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love," "The Things That I Used To Do" and "Texas Flood" in this Strictly the Blues playlist.
  3. Lonnie Mack's Memphis Wham! Blues: Lonnie Mack's Memphis Wham! Tramps Apr 21, 1995 The pioneering blues-rock guitarist would've turned 76 today. Hear him wield his Flying-V on his "Memphis," "Cincinnati Jail" and "Wham!" in this '95 Tramps set.
  4. Johnny Winter In Memoriam Blues: Johnny Winter In Memoriam 11 songs 1:23:23 The late Texas blues guitar great, who died on this day in 2014, performs "Black Cat Bone," "Messin' With the Kid" and "Be Careful With a Fool" in this playlist.
  5. John Lee Hooker In Memoriam Blues: John Lee Hooker In Memoriam Newport Jazz Festival Aug 17, 1991 The Boogie Man performs "Crawlin' Kingsnake" and "Highway 13" with John Hammond at the 1991 Newport Jazz Festival.
  6. Koko Taylor at Tramps Blues: Koko Taylor at Tramps Tramps May 8, 1998 The Queen of Chicago Blues delivers earthy renditions of "Black Cat Bone," "Don't Mess With Mother Nature" and "Beer Bottle Boogie" in this 1998 set.
  7. The Stones Jam With Muddy Blues: The Stones Jam With Muddy Checkerboard Lounge Nov 22, 1981 Mick, Keith and the boys join the Chicago blues icon on "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Long Distance Call," "Mannish Boy" and more at the Checkerboard Lounge in 1981.
  8. Wynton Marsalis Salutes the Blues Blues: Wynton Marsalis Salutes the Blues Apollo Theatre Jun 2, 2003 The great trumpeter welcomes a string of all-star guests including B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Carrie Smith and Ray Charles in this 2003 show at the Apollo.
  9. A Blues Brothers Premiere Blues: A Blues Brothers Premiere Winterland Dec 31, 1978 On this day in 1980, The Blues Brothers movie opened in Chicago. Hear Jake and Elwood perform "Messin' With The Kid" and "Hey Bartender" in 1978.
  10. Remembering Rory Gallagher Blues: Remembering Rory Gallagher Bottom Line Nov 10, 1978 The Irish blues-rock guitar hero died on this day in 1995. Hear his stellar chops on "Garbage Man," "A Million Miles Away" and "Bullfrog Blues" in 1978.
  11. Steppenwolf In Blues Mode Blues: Steppenwolf In Blues Mode Fillmore West Aug 28, 1968 Singer John Kay leads the Toronto band on earthy covers of "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Tighten Up Your Wig" and "Baby Please Don't Go" in 1968.
  12. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Guitar Slinger Blues: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Guitar Slinger Tramps May 20, 1998 The former teen sensation turns 40 today. Hear him unleash his potent guitar chops on "King's Highway" and other tunes from Trouble Is... in 1998.
  13. John Hammond's Delta Muse Blues: John Hammond's Delta Muse Waterville Opera House Dec 16, 1973 The blues troubadour plays his National Steel guitar on Robert Johnson's "Preachin' Blues," "Terraplane Blues," "32-20 Blues" and "Love In Vain" in 1973.
  14. Son House's Chilling Delta Blues Blues: Son House's Chilling Delta Blues Newport Folk Festival Jul 19, 1969 The Mississippi bluesman demonstrates his emotional singing style and raw slide playing on "Downhearted Blues" and his "Empire State Express" in 1969.
  1. Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, 1969 Blues: Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, 1969 Fillmore West Sep 18, 1969 The blues troubadour, who turns 75 today, performs "Diving Duck Blues," "Corinna" and "She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride."
  2. Mike Bloomfield In Memoriam Blues: Mike Bloomfield In Memoriam Record Plant Nov 10, 1974 Remember the great Chicago guitarist with this excellent 1974 set from the Record Plant.
  3. Langston Hughes Loves the Blues Blues: Langston Hughes Loves the Blues Newport Jazz Festival Jul 3, 1960 The Harlem Renaissance poet hosts a blues bash featuring Muddy Waters, Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker in 1960.
  4. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, 1968 Blues: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, 1968 Newport Folk Festival Jul 28, 1968 The Dynamic Duo of the blues performs "Messin' With the Kid," "Checkin' on My Baby" and "Somebody Hoodooed the Hoodoo Man."
  5. B.B. King Rocks the Fillmore West Blues: B.B. King Rocks the Fillmore West Fillmore Auditorium Jun 6, 1968 The king of the blues serenades the hippies with his classics "Paying the Cost to Be the Boss," Sweet Sixteen" and "Rock Me Baby" in this '68 set.
  6. Son House's Slashing Slide Style Blues: Son House's Slashing Slide Style Ash Grove Mar 2, 1968 The Delta bluesman, a peer of pioneers Charley Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson, delivers with raw, emotional intensity in a '68 Ash Grove set.
  7. Willie Dixon's Chicago Style Blues: Willie Dixon's Chicago Style Great American Music Hall Dec 13, 1973 Bassist-singer and prolific songwriter leads a younger generation of bluesmen on "I'm Crazy for My Baby" and "Wang Dang Doodle" in '73.
  8. All Hail the King! Blues: All Hail the King! Fillmore East Jun 19, 1971 Riley "B."B." King was born on this day in 1925. Hear him play his hits "Sweet Sixteen" and "The Thrill Is Gone" in this '71 Fillmore East set.
  9. Keb' Mo' In A "Dangerous Mood" Blues: Keb' Mo' In A "Dangerous Mood" Tramps Mar 6, 1997 The Grammy-winning neo-Delta bluesman (aka Kevin Moore) plays "Perpetual Blues Machine" and other tunes form Just Like You in '97.
  10. Charles Brown Knee-Deep in the Blues Blues: Charles Brown Knee-Deep in the Blues Tramps Feb 16, 1996 The pioneering pianist-singer, who was born on this day in 1922, performs his 1945 hit "Driftin' Blues" in this 1996 Tramps set.
  11. Big Mama Thornton's Downhome Blues Blues: Big Mama Thornton's Downhome Blues Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 The singer-harmonica ace plays her signatures "Hound Dog" and "Ball and Chain" and covers Junior Parker's "Mother-in-Law Blues" in 1969.
  12. Gatemouth Brown's Swingin' Blues Blues: Gatemouth Brown's Swingin' Blues Tramps Apr 6, 1996 The multi-faceted bluesman, who died on this day in 2005, plays his autobiographical "Born In Louisiana (Raised on the Texas Side)" in '96.
  13. Gary Clark Jr.'s Nu Blues Blues: Gary Clark Jr.'s Nu Blues Good Danny's Apr 18, 2012 The Austin-based guitar slinger showcases his distortion-laced chops on "When My Train Pulls In" and "Don't Owe You a Thing" in 2012.