Feb 16, 2014 — Bluesman John Hammond was at a recording session in 1992 when a surprise guest arrived on the scene. His new live album, Timeless, includes the song he reaped that day and many others from his 50-year career.
Jan 3, 2014 — Leo Welch had played at picnics and parties and sang with a gospel group, but he didn't record an album until he cold-called a Mississippi record label. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the blues musician about his new release, Sabougla Voices.
Dec 31, 2013 — The blues-rock band joins David Dye at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters for a soulful session. Hear the group perform songs from its new album, Made Up Mind.
Nov 2, 2013 — A furniture company recorded all of the top African-American blues and jazz performers of the 1920s. Despite its roster's firepower, the label folded after just 15 years in business. A new reissue project tries to recapture some of the Paramount Records magic.
Nov 1, 2013 — Listening to lost sounds, even in gorgeous new packages, isn't all that's needed when it comes to really understanding how popular music has shaped Americans' lives.
Oct 30, 2013 — The Austin-based blues-funk band revisits the World Cafe to perform songs from its new album, Electric Slave, which features a significant shift toward rock for the group.
Oct 27, 2013 — If it's Sunday in Houston, get ready to dance up and down the aisle at church. Zydeco music is the soundtrack to spirit-filled parties fueled by beer, boudin, and red beans and rice. It's a joyful continuation of a decades-old tradition.
Oct 25, 2013 — The highly vocal style of steel guitar playing reached peak popularity with the Brothers' protégé, Robert Randolph, who produced the group's most recent album. The Brothers play a highly electrified, near seamless blend of gospel and blues rock on this episode of Mountain Stage.
Oct 12, 2013 — Short of seeing her live and in person, this is the best way to encounter June's heartfelt sound. A singular performer with an array of singing styles, she sometimes channels an old male voice; at other times, she channels a younger woman or even a child.
Oct 4, 2013 — The blues musician performs songs from Wings of Love, his first new album in nearly four decades.