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