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NPR Music stories that feature blues music.
  1. Hear sessions with King Princess, Cage The Elephant, Rhiannon Giddens and Karl Denson.
  2. There's a world of music you enter when you open the Bessie Smith door. Our playlist showcases some of of Smith's best songs, as well as music from her influences and inheritors.
  3. Watch Dawes, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Guster, Kathleen Edwards, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and many more perform live on the Camden Waterfront starting Friday, July 26.
  4. Ingram is an absolute beast on guitar who has impressed a lot of different people over the years, including Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins and Dave Grohl.
  5. The duo conveys compassion through the music and emotion felt on its latest album, Mettavolution.
  6. Stream a playlist of songs about the red, white and blue, perfectly equipped for a July Fourth barbecue.
  7. The roots singer-songwriter shares songs from his latest album, A Glimmer On The Outskirtsand how he ended up starring in a biopic directed by Ethan Hawke.
  8. Guitar virtuoso George Benson shares tales of working with jazz greats and creating an album dedicated to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.
  9. The 20-year-old guitar phenom understands the blues as a lifeline, a malleable language, a way of being in the world.
  10. The tremendous songwriter zooms in on the kinds of people who don't usually get the red carpet treatment.
  11. These three songs, from Clark's incendiary new album This Land, roar with the assurance and force of a showman at the top of his game.
  12. The Arkansas-born blues singer looks back on her career and discusses Travelin' Woman, her first album in more than 20 years.
  13. Guitar virtuoso Marcus King, Nashville singer-songwriter Bonnie Bishop and Grammy-nominated bluesman Cedric Burnside are just a few of the 30 artists performing live at WMOT's 895 Sessions in Austin.
  14. Gary Clark Jr. shines with a soulful rendition of "The Guitar Man," live in the KCRW studio.
  15. Listen to some newfound favorites, including an epic piano anthem by Florence + The Machine, an acoustic drive-by ballad from Oshima Brothers plus Kehlani's sassy new dance-floor bop.