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Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Get Muddy

The multifaceted singer-songwriter and the harmonica legend team up on a new album of original blues songs, Get Up!

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Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul

Currently on tour as the opening act for The Who, the retro R&B outfit has experienced a remarkably swift rise since forming just two years ago.

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"Blues is a feeling, and it exists cross-culturally. It always has existed, and it always will. It's part of being human," says musician Elliott Sharp. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kid Koala: All Roads Lead To The Blues

The Canadian DJ introduces hip-hop's golden age to New Orleans blues on his new album, 12 Bit Blues.

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A Honky-Tonk Duo Takes The Piano Outdoors

The performing life of Clangin' & Bangin' sounds like a dare: Each time they play, the two musicians wheel their 300-pound piano out into the street.

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Dr. John's newest album, Locked Down, comes out Tuesday. Michael Wilson hide caption

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Carolyn Wonderland: A Full 'Meal' Of Texas Blues

The Austin musician learned guitar after getting thrown out of school at 17 and hanging out in bars.

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Robert Johnson And Pablo Casals' Game-Changers Turn 75

Two hugely important recordings, made by pivotal musicians an ocean apart, were made on the same day in 1936.

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Harmonica Blues With A 'Brand' New Beat

Memphis harmonica player Brandon Bailey brings a modern take, and an unusual skill, to the instrument. He performs two songs live in the NPR studio.

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Gip's Place: A Blues Lover's Dream

The Bessemer, Ala., juke joint offers young players an opportunity to hone their chops with the pros.

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Robert Johnson At 100, Still Dispelling Myths

Despite hardy rumors that the bluesman sold his soul to the devil, Johnson's most important legacy is his mastery of recorded music.

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Produce Bruce Iglauer (left), founder of Alligator Records, works with blues artist Lil' Ed William at Joyride Studios in Chicago. Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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