Folk & Bluegrass Concerts

  1. Remembering Vassar Clements SUNY New Paltz May 9, 1976 The late, great bluegrass fiddler, born in 1928, plays "Panama Red," "Tennessee Stud" and "Orange Blossom Special" in 1976.
  2. Remembering Theodore Bikel Newport Folk Festival Jul 27, 1968 The folkloric troubadour and famous actor died in 2015. Hear him sing in Yiddish, Spanish, Ukranian and English at Newport '68.
  3. Queen Ida's Zydeco Dance Party Newport Folk Festival Jul 1, 1988 The Louisiana Creole accordionist works the crowd at the '88 Newport Folk Fest with her infectious "Chere Du Lu" and "Ailons En Louisiane."
  4. Bluegrass Meets The Beatles Newport Folk Festival Jul 27, 1968 In 1968, "Paperback Writer" reached #1 on the U.S. singles charts. Hear the Charles River Valley Boys cover that Fab Four favorite.
  5. Abigail Washburn's Americana Daytrotter Studio Jan 26, 2011 The singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player performs "Shotgun Blues" with her husband, banjo ace Bela Fleck, in 2011.
  6. Suzanne Vega's Observational Odes Warfield Theatre Aug 6, 1987 The singer-songwriter performs "Tom's Diner," "Luka" and other tunes from Solitude Standing in this 1987 set.
  7. Tiny Tim Charms the Fillmore West Fillmore Auditorium May 9, 1968 The eccentric troubadour, born in 1932, wows the hippie crowd with "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" and "Animal Crackers" in '68.
  8. Earl Scruggs Revue Goes to College Dome, CW Post University Sep 30, 1972 The bluegrass banjo icon, who died in 2012, leads sons Randy and Gary on "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" at C.W. Post in 1972.
  9. Bessie Jones at Ash Grove, '63 Ash Grove Jun 21, 1963 The folk and gospel singer joins the Georgia Sea Island Singers on the spiritual "I Know I Got Religion" and the joyful "So Glad I'm Here."
  10. Youssou N'Dour in Argentina, '88 Estadio River Plate Oct 15, 1988 The legendary Senegalese singer-percussionist performs "Mandela," "The Truth" and "The Lion" at the Buenos Aires soccer stadium.
  11. Rolling Thunder Revue at MSG 1975 Madison Square Garden Dec 8, 1975 Bob, Joan and the gang blend voices on "Never Let Me Go” and more at Madison Square Garden during the Rolling Thunder Revue tour, 1975.
  12. Harry Chapin in London Rainbow Theatre Sep 3, 1977 The folk-rock troubadour performs vivid story songs like "W.O.L.D.," "Taxi" and "Cat's in the Cradle" at the height of his popularity
  13. Celebrating the Ash Grove 46 songs 4:14:02 Ash Grove found Ed Pearl died this week. Enjoy this playlist of great performances from the LA club at the forefront of social justice issues in the 60s.
  14. Ry Cooder at the Record Plant, '74 Record Plant Jul 7, 1974 Ry picks and sings on "Billy The Kid," "Alimony" and "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live?"
  15. Kenny Rankin at the Shaboo Inn Shaboo Inn Jan 18, 1976 The solo troubadour, who died in 2009, performs intimate versions of "People Get Ready" and "Penny Lane" in this '76 set.
  16. Chambers Brothers at Ash Grove, '64 Ash Grove Aug 7, 1964 Before they went psychedelic with "Time Has Come Today," the four brothers were an a cappella gospel group. Hear their vocal harmonies.
  17. Best of Folk & Bluegrass
    1. Harry Chapin in London
    2. Jerry Garcia at French's Camp, '87
    3. CSNY at Fillmore East 1970
    4. Roscoe Holcomb
    5. Don McLean at the Bottom Line, 1977
    6. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys
    7. CSN&Y at the Fillmore East, 1970
    8. Remembering Jeff Buckley
    9. Doc Watson, 1967
    10. Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys
    11. Ralph Stanley at Newport 1968
    12. Dave Van Ronk Goes to College
  18. Jerry Garcia at French's Camp, '87 French's Camp Aug 29, 1987 The iconic guitarist-singer leads his Acoustic Band on unplugged versions of Grateful Dead classics like "Friend of the Devil" and "Ripple."
  19. Richard Thompson's Celtic Muse Newport Folk Festival Jul 1, 1988 The Brit singer-songwriter-guitarist plays tunes from Daring Adventures and Amnesia at the '88 Newport Folk Festival.
  20. CSNY at Fillmore East 1970 Fillmore East Jun 4, 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young blend beautifully on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Teach Your Children" and "Tell Me Why" in this 1970 Fillmore set.
  21. Best of Newport Folk 1968-69 21 songs 1:35:13 We will miss Newport Folk this year. Have a listen to what is was like over 50 years ago with some Folk and Blues legends.
  22. Roscoe Holcomb Ash Grove May 7, 1963 Listen to this powerful set from the man who inspired the term, "high and lonesome sound".
  23. Maybelle Carter in 1963 Ash Grove Apr 20, 1963 This wonderful recording showcases one of the most important country/folk musicians of her time, highlighting Carter's warm voice, her positive, humble demeanor and her superb finger-picking.
  24. Jerry Garcia in the Great Outdoors French's Camp Aug 29, 1987 The Grateful Dead guitarist debuted his Acoustic Band on unplugged versions of "Deep Elem Blues," "Ripple," "Friend of the Devil" in 1987.
  25. Everly Brothers & Pops at Newport Newport Folk Festival Jul 19, 1969 Don and Phil Everly join their guitar playing dad Ike on "Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad," "I Am A Pilgrim" and other old-timey tunes at the '69 Folk Festival.
  26. Don McLean at the Bottom Line, 1977 Bottom Line Feb 18, 1977 Hear the troubadour play his iconic "American Pie" and his hit single "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)" in this solo concert.
  27. John Prine's Thought-Provoking Odes Lenox Music Inn Aug 25, 1973 Counterculture bard mocks phony patriots ("Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore") and salutes pot smokers ("Illegal Smile").
  28. James Taylor at the Fillmore East Fillmore East Jan 25, 1971 The lanky troubadour performs solo renditions of his "Country Road" and "Carolina On My Mind" and Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee."