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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.

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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.

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Black Joe Lewis' new album is Electric Slave.

Watch Black Joe Lewis And His Band Stay The Course, Lose The Name

August 25, 2013 – The leader of the band once called black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears discusses its newest album.

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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi (center) are the musical power couple at the core of Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Watch A Musical Power Couple With A Dozen-Strong Entourage

August 18, 2013 – Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, both blues-rock titans, discuss their band's new album.

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Bobby McFerrin's new album is titled Spirityouall.

Watch Bobby McFerrin: Spirituals As Sung Prayers

May 17, 2013 – Spirityouall, a collection of old and original spirituals, was influenced by the singer's father.

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Corey Harris' new album is titled Fulton Blues.

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

February 24, 2013 – A new album by bluesman Corey Harris pays tribute to one southern neighborhood with a haunted past.

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Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite's new collaborative album is titled Get Up!

Read Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Get Muddy

January 31, 2013 – The singer-songwriter and the harmonica legend team up on a new album of original blues songs.

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Vintage Trouble recently reissued its 2010 debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions.

Read Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul

November 17, 2012 – On tour with The Who, the retro R&B outfit has risen swiftly since forming just two years ago.

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Gary Clark Jr.'s new album is called Blak and Blu.

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

October 25, 2012 – The guitarist's new LP comes after a decade-plus as a local sensation in his native Austin, Texas.

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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.

Read Elliott Sharp: 'Blues Is A Feeling'

September 22, 2012 – With Terraplane, Sharp transforms from NYC avant-garde aesthete to down-and-dirty Chicago bluesman.

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Kid Koala's new album is titled 12 Bit Blues.

Read Kid Koala: All Roads Lead To The Blues

September 22, 2012 – 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.

Read A Honky-Tonk Duo Takes The Piano Outdoors

August 19, 2012 – For Clangin' & Bangin', every performance requires wheeling a 300-pound piano into the street.

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Guy Davis performs in northern Italy at the Piacenza Blues Festival in 2010.

Read 'Ambassador' Guy Davis Takes Blues Around The Globe

April 19, 2012 – Davis performs in places untouched by the blues, from Greenland to the Galapagos Islands.

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Dr. John's newest album, Locked Down, comes out Tuesday.

Read Dr. John: A Rock Legend Gets Personal

April 3, 2012 – The New Orleans legend teams up with one of The Black Keys to show a different side of himself.

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Catherine Russell.

Read Catherine Russell: The Fresh Air In-Studio Concert

February 21, 2012 – The standards singer performs several tracks from her new solo album, Strictly Romancin'.

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First Listen

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

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Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

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The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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