1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Freddie King's Stinging Licks Blues: Freddie King's Stinging Licks Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 The Texas Cannonball, born on this day in 1934, bears down on "Ain't Nobody's Business" and the instrumental shuffle "Hideaway" in 1970.
  13. Fleetwood Mac's Raw Bluesy Roots Blues: Fleetwood Mac's Raw Bluesy Roots Carousel Ballroom Jun 8, 1968 Guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer lead the Brit band on B.B. King's "Worried Dream" and Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" in a '68 set.
  14. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hootin' Blues: Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hootin' Ash Grove Jan 21, 1967 The longtime partners and purveyors of Piedmont blues join in on "Hootin' the Blues" and "Rock Island Line" in this '67 Ash Grove set.
  1. Son Seals at the Bottom Line Blues: Son Seals at the Bottom Line Bottom Line Jan 10, 1978 The Chicago bluesman unleashes his stinging guitar chops and roaring vocals on "Hot Sauce" and "Mother-in-Law Blues" in this '78 set.
  2. Remembering Roy Buchanan Blues: Remembering Roy Buchanan Central Park Jun 30, 1973 The late, great guitar player passed away on this day in 1988. Hear his cathartic, toe-curling licks on "Five String Blues" and "Hey Joe" in 1973.
  3. Pinetop Perkins With Muddy Waters in Nice Blues: Pinetop Perkins With Muddy Waters in Nice Grande Parade du Jazz Jul 13, 1977 The blues piano player, born on this day in 1913, fuels "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Got My Mojo Working" in this '77 set from France.
  4. Alvin Youngblood Hart at Tramps, '98 Blues: Alvin Youngblood Hart at Tramps, '98 Tramps Aug 28, 1998 The fingerstyle player, slide stylist and Taj Mahal protege performs his Delta-flavored originals "Big Mama's Door" and "If Blues Was Money."
  5. Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium Blues: Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium Shea Stadium Jul 3, 1973 The jump blues singer, born on this day in 1923, performs "Spoonful" and "Mean Old Frisco" in this 1973 set with Robben Ford on guitar.
  6. Robert Cray's Crossover Bluespower Blues: Robert Cray's Crossover Bluespower Paramount Theatre Springfield Feb 12, 1989 The stinging guitarist and soulful singer, who turns 63 today, plays his "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door (Becuse of Me)" in this '89 set.
  7. The Outlaw Blues Band at Ash Grove, '67 Blues: The Outlaw Blues Band at Ash Grove, '67 Ash Grove Jun 30, 1967 The edgy L.A. band, featuring John Diaz's raw vocals and guitar work, puts a punk spin on blues classics like "Crossroads" and "I'm Ready."
  8. Mississippi John Hurt at the Ash Grove Blues: Mississippi John Hurt at the Ash Grove Ash Grove Jul 5, 1964 The Delta bluesman, who was born on this day in 1893, performs "Ballad of Casey Jones," "My Creole Belle" and "Salty Dog" in this '64 set.
  9. James Cotton at the Fillmore West Blues: James Cotton at the Fillmore West Fillmore Auditorium Nov 25, 1966 The Chicago blues harpist and former Muddy Waters sideman turns 81 today. Hear him lead his own band in this concert from 50 years ago.
  10. Climax Blues Band Invades Jersey Blues: Climax Blues Band Invades Jersey Capitol Theatre Jan 19, 1974 The British group, featuring guitar great Peter Haycock, plays Mose Allison's "Seventh Son" and Otis Rush's "So Many Roads" in this '74 set.
  11. Remembering Bobby 'Blue' Bland Blues: Remembering Bobby 'Blue' Bland Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 The soulful singer, who passed away on this day in 2013, performs classics like "Ain't That Lovin' You" and "Further On Up The Road" in '74.
  12. Willie Dixon IS the Blues Blues: Willie Dixon IS the Blues Great American Music Hall Dec 13, 1973 The bassist and prolific composer leads the Chicago Blues All-Stars on his shuffle "29 Ways," "Backdoor Man," and others in this 1973 set.
  13. Skip James' Haunting Laments Blues: Skip James' Haunting Laments Hampton Jazz Festival Jun 27, 1968 The Delta bluesman performs his "I'm So Glad" (later covered by Cream) and is joined by the Staple Singers at the 1968 Hampton Jazz Festival.