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

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

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

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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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"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'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

The Canadian DJ introduces hip-hop's golden age to New Orleans blues on his new album, 12 Bit 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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Guy Davis performs in northern Italy at the Piacenza Blues Festival in 2010. Giulia Ciappa/Flickr hide caption

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

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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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