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Blues artist John Hammond is celebrating more than 50 years of recording with a live album called Timeless.

Read John Hammond: The Time Tom Waits Wrote Me A Song On The Spot

February 16, 2014 – Bluesman John Hammond was at a recording session in 1992 when a surprise guest arrived on the scene.


Leo Welch's debut album is called Saboulga Voices.

Read A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

January 5, 2014 – Leo Welch cold-called a Mississippi label after decades as a local favorite in a tiny Southern town.


Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Listen Best Sessions Of 2013: Tedeschi Trucks Band WXPN

December 31, 2013 – The blues-rock band joins David Dye at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters for a soulful session. WXPN


King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1923: Louis Armstrong is kneeling, from left to right behind him are Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Lil Hardin, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds.

Watch Paramount Records: The Label Inadvertently Crucial To The Blues

November 2, 2013 – A furniture company recorded all of the top African-American blues and jazz performers of the '20s.


Ma Rainey Georgia Jazz Band posing for a studio group shot in the mid-1920s, with Thomas A. Dorsey at the piano.

Watch Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter

November 1, 2013 – Listening isn't all you need to do to understand how popular music has shaped Americans' lives.

Black Joe Lewis.

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October 30, 2013 – The Austin-based blues-funk band revisits the World Cafe to perform songs from its new album. WXPN


After years of attending church dances, Step Rideau says he was moved to connect with his heritage on a deeper level.

Watch Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

November 3, 2013 – If it's Sunday in Houston, get ready to dance up and down the aisle at church.


The Slide Brothers performing live on Mountain Stage.

Listen The Slide Brothers On Mountain Stage

October 25, 2013 – The Brothers play an electrified blend of gospel and blues rock live on Mountain Stage.


Valerie June performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Watch Valerie June: Tiny Desk Concert

October 12, 2013 – Short of seeing her live and in person, this is the best way to encounter June's heartfelt sound.


Shuggie Otis.

Listen Shuggie Otis On World Cafe WXPN

October 4, 2013 – The blues musician performs songs from Wings of Love, his first new album in nearly four decades. WXPN


The Sacred Steel tradition is an integral part of worship. From the House of God Keith Dominion Church, Aubrey Ghent (pictured) helped revive the style in 1990s.

Watch Sacred Strings Guide Gospel Through Thunder And Steel

September 18, 2013 – For the Church of the Living God in Toccopola, Miss., the lap steel guitar channels a divine voice.


The Prisonaires, a band formed in a Memphis-area prison, created one of Sun Records' early hits.

Read The Dawn Of Sun Records: 15 Hours Of Blues

September 6, 2013 – A new box set documents the early-'50s beginnings of Sam Phillips' start-up studio in Memphis.


James Cotton

Read James Cotton On World Cafe WXPN

September 5, 2013 – The 78-year-old harmonica master stops by to perform songs from his new album, Cotton Mouth Man. WXPN


Marcia Ball performs on Mountain Stage in 2001.

Listen Marcia Ball On Mountain Stage

August 28, 2013 – Listen to the veteran blues singer perform a three-song set in this 2001 Mountain Stage recording.


Texas blues favorite Delbert McClinton performed on Mountain Stage.

Listen Delbert McClinton On Mountain Stage

August 27, 2013 – Hear a four-song set from this veteran roadhouse performer.


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