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Charley Patton was the grandaddy of the Delta blues musicians, according to Jack White: "He's the one that all the other blues musicians looked up to. He's almost the beginning of the family tree." Courtesy of the Revenant Archives hide caption

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In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

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The 1969 album Then Play On, Peter Green's last with Fleetwood Mac, signaled a spiritual quest already in progress. Jan Persson/Redferns hide caption

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Another Fleetwood Mac Album That's 'Worth A Damn'

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Jim Hall performs with his trio and fellow guitarist Julian Lage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Remembering Jim Hall, A Different Sort Of Guitar God

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King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1923: Louis Armstrong is kneeling, from left to right behind him are Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Lil Hardin, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds. Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Paramount Records: The Label Inadvertently Crucial To The Blues

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The cover image of The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions, a 2002 box set of work from across the jazz guitarist's career. Album cover hide caption

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Johnny Smith, Revered Guitar Player, Has Died

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The crowd at Richie Havens' Woodstock-opening set on Aug. 15, 1969. Paul DeMaria/New York Daily News via Getty Images hide caption

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Richie Havens, Folk Singer Who Opened Woodstock, Has Died

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A 16-inch lacquer disc, a format used in the 1930s, from the collection of the Library of Congress. Most of the lacquer, the part of the disc where the sound was etched, has been lost to decay. Abby Brack/Library of Congress hide caption

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Saving The Sounds Of America

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What A Life: The Day I Met Elliott Carter

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Janet Feder: Tiny Desk Concert

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Janet Feder built a career on unusual instrumental guitar playing. Her new album, Songs With Words, will feature her singing for the first time. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Janet Feder: An Avant-Garde Artist Takes A Real Risk

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Two Takes On Christmas Music: Sweet And Sour

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