1. 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.
  2. 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 more in 1973.
  3. 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 1997.
  4. All Hail the King! Blues: All Hail the King! Fillmore East Jun 19, 1971 Hear Riley "B."B." King play his hits "Sweet Sixteen" and "The Thrill Is Gone" in this 1971 Fillmore East set.
  5. Savoy Brown Carrying On Blues: Savoy Brown Carrying On Record Plant Nov 24, 1975 The seminal British blues-rock band just released its 38th album since forming in 1965. Hear guitarist and founder Kim Simmonds lead the band in this '75 set.
  6. Charles Brown at Tramps, 1996 Blues: Charles Brown at Tramps, 1996 Tramps Feb 16, 1996 The prolific Texas blues singer-songwriter-pianist, born on this day in 1922, performs his 1940s hits "Driftin' Blues," "I Stepped In Quicksand" and "Black Night."
  7. Freddie King's Six-String Sting Blues: Freddie King's Six-String Sting Ash Grove Aug 25, 1970 The Texas Cannonball unleashes his killer chops on "Hideaway," "Ain't Nobody's Business" and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" in a 1970 Ash Grove set.
  8. The King Doing His Thing Blues: The King Doing His Thing Winterland Dec 8, 1967 B.B. King plays his classics "Sweet Little Angel" and "Rock Me Baby" and gets into some downhome storytelling on "Don't Answer the Door" in a 1967 set.
  9. Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Testifies Blues: Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Testifies Philharmonic Hall Jun 29, 1973 The tough Texas tenorman sings his earthy anthems "Kidney Stew," "Person to Person" and "I Took the Front Door In (I Took The Back Door Out)" in this 1973 set.
  10. Jonny Lang at Home in the Blues Blues: Jonny Lang at Home in the Blues Walt Disney World Nov 30, 1997 The guitarist begins his Fall tour next week in support of his new album, Signs. Hear him as a budding guitar slinger in this sizzling 1997 set from Disney World.
  11. Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, 1969 Blues: Taj Mahal at the Fillmore West, 1969 Fillmore West Sep 19, 1969 The country bluesman plays his popular "She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride)" and "I'm Gonna Move to the Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue."
  12. Fred McDowell's Cornfield Blues Blues: Fred McDowell's Cornfield Blues Newport Folk Festival Jul 27, 1968 The country bluesman plays some wicked slide guitar on "Fred's Worried Life Blues" and the energetic romp "Shake 'Em On Down" at the Newport Folk Festival, 1968.
  13. Otis Rush Havin' a Natural Ball Blues: Otis Rush Havin' a Natural Ball Tramps Oct 15, 1993 The Chicago bluesman performs his signature tunes "All Your Love (I Miss Lovin')" and "Double Trouble" along with the classic "Stormy Monday" in this 1993 set.
  14. John Lee Hooker Meets Ry Cooder Blues: John Lee Hooker Meets Ry Cooder Shoreline Amphitheatre Oct 10, 1992 The Boogie Man, who was born on this day in 1912, joins the guitar ace on "Serves Me Right To Suffer," "Crawlin' King Snake" and "Lonely Man" in 1992.
  1. Bobby 'Blue' Bland Testifies Blues: Bobby 'Blue' Bland Testifies Avery Fisher Hall Jun 30, 1974 The blues singer delivers with typical soul on "Ain't That Lovin' You" and joins B.B. King on a medley of "How Blue Can You Get?" and "Stormy Monday" in 1974.
  2. A Robert Johnson Playlist Blues: A Robert Johnson Playlist 30 songs 2:22:46 The Delta blues innovator died on this day in 1938 in Greenwood, Missississippi. Hear Cream, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, Keb' Mo' and others pay tribute.
  3. Remembering Roy Buchanan Blues: Remembering Roy Buchanan 8 songs 1:05:21 The guitar great died on this day in 1988. Hear him play with cathartic abandon on "Bitter Memories," "C.C. Rider" and "Five String Blues" in this bluesy playlist.
  4. Memphis Slim at Newport, 1965 Blues: Memphis Slim at Newport, 1965 Newport Jazz Festival Jul 1, 1965 The pianist and singer (aka Peter Chatman) is joined by bassist Willie Dixon on "I Cry and Sing the Blues," "Lonesome Traveler" and "We're Gonna Rock."
  5. Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium Blues: Jimmy Witherspoon at Shea Stadium Shea Stadium Jul 3, 1973 The late, great blues shouter was born on this day in 1920. Hear him sing "It's a Lowdown Dirty Shame," "Spoonful" and "Mean Old Frisco" in this 1973 set.
  6. Etta James' Searing Soul Blues: Etta James' Searing Soul Tramps Nov 3, 1993 The R&B and blues powerhouse sings her signature "I Would Rather Go Blind" and "Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home" in this '93 set from Tramps.
  7. Robert Cray's Strong Persuasion Blues: Robert Cray's Strong Persuasion Tower Theater Apr 26, 1987 The blues guitarist and soulful singer, who turns 64 today, plays "Smoking Gun," "False Accusations" and "Phone Booth" from Strong Persuader in 1987.
  8. A Salute to Buddy Guy Blues: A Salute to Buddy Guy Tramps May 8, 1996 The blues guitar great turns 81 today. Hear him testify on "Damn Right, I've Got the Blues" and "Feels Like Rain" and wail on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child" in 1996.
  9. Roy Rogers Channels Robert Johnson Blues: Roy Rogers Channels Robert Johnson Black Oak Ranch Sep 1, 1996 The slide guitar ace, who turns 67 today, plays classics by the Delta blues master including "32-20 Blues," Stones in My Passway" and "Terraplane Blues" in '96.
  10. Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session Blues: Bobby Rush's Daytrotter Session Daytrotter Studio Apr 29, 2014 The Louisiana bluesman, who won his first Grammy Award this year at age 83, plays "Too Much Weekend," "Tight Money" and "Garbage Man" in this 2014 set.
  11. Remembering Big Mama Thornton Blues: Remembering Big Mama Thornton Newport Folk Festival Jul 18, 1969 The harmonica ace and powerhouse singer died on this day in 1984. Hear her sing her "Ball and Chain" and "Hound Dog" at the 1969 Newport Folk Festival.
  12. Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Blues: Lightnin' Hopkins at the Ash Grove Ash Grove May 8, 1966 The Texas country bluesman turns in entrancing, deep blue versions of "Scratch My Back," "Katie Mae" and "The Woman I'm Lovin', She's Taken My Appetite."
  13. A Tribute to Robert Johnson Blues: A Tribute to Robert Johnson 30 songs 2:22:46 Hear tunes by the Delta blues pioneer interpreted by Cream, Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, the Allman Brothers and others.