Bobby McFerrin's new album is titled Spirityouall. Carol Friedman /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bobby McFerrin: Spirituals As Sung Prayers

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Corey Harris' new album is titled Fulton Blues. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In 'Fulton Blues,' Corey Harris Resurrects Memories Of Southern Neighborhood

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Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite's new collaborative album is titled Get Up! Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Get Muddy

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Vintage Trouble recently reissued its 2010 debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul

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Gary Clark Jr.'s new album is called Blak and Blu. Frank Maddocks/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gary Clark Jr.: A Blues Wunderkind Grows Up, Breaks Out

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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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Elliott Sharp: 'Blues Is A Feeling'

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Kid Koala's new album is titled 12 Bit Blues. Corinne Merrell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kid Koala: All Roads Lead To The Blues

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Pianist Kirby Lee Hammel and drummer Jake Alexander perform as Clangin' & Bangin' at an Oakland farmers market. Nina Thorsen/KQED hide caption

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A Honky-Tonk Duo Takes The Piano Outdoors

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Guy Davis performs in northern Italy at the Piacenza Blues Festival in 2010. Giulia Ciappa/Flickr hide caption

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'Ambassador' Guy Davis Takes Blues Around The Globe

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

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Dr. John: A Rock Legend Gets Personal

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Catherine Russell: The Fresh Air In-Studio Concert

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Carolyn Wonderland (center) learned guitar after getting thrown out of school at 17. Todd Wolfson hide caption

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Carolyn Wonderland: A Full 'Meal' Of Texas Blues

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Spanish musician and composer Pablo Casals, playing the cello in 1936. Fox Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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Robert Johnson And Pablo Casals' Game-Changers Turn 75

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Brandon Bailey demonstrates a distinctive approach to blues harmonica on his album, Memphis Grooves. Tucker Walsh/NPR hide caption

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Harmonica Blues With A 'Brand' New Beat

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A warm-up band at Gip's Place features a rookie harmonica player. Patrick Barry/Courtesy of Blue Llama Studios hide caption

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Gip's Place: A Blues Lover's Dream

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One of the two known photos of Robert Johnson. This portrait was taken by the Hooks Bros. Photography Company in Memphis, Tenn., circa 1935. Courtesy of the Delta Haze Corporation hide caption

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Robert Johnson At 100, Still Dispelling Myths

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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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Alligator Records: Pushing Blues Forward For 40 Years

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Dr. John will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. Courtesy of 429 Records hide caption

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Dr. John: From Session Player To New Orleans Funk Legend

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