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NPR Music stories that feature blues music.
  1. Guitar virtuoso George Benson shares tales of working with jazz greats and creating an album dedicated to Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.
  2. The 20-year-old guitar phenom understands the blues as a lifeline, a malleable language, a way of being in the world.
  3. The tremendous songwriter zooms in on the kinds of people who don't usually get the red carpet treatment.
  4. 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.
  5. The Arkansas-born blues singer looks back on her career and discusses Travelin' Woman, her first album in more than 20 years.
  6. 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.
  7. Gary Clark Jr. shines with a soulful rendition of "The Guitar Man," live in the KCRW studio.
  8. 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.
  9. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of Tedeschi Trucks Band talk about deciding to make music as a married couple, relay parenting and channeling grief into art.
  10. On his latest multigenre album, Clark is unapologetically angry. He tells NPR's Michel Martin what inspired it: "That's what came out as a result of... life being black in this country."
  11. Her songs are poetic and political, steeped in both punk and cabaret, and sung in a voice that blends Eartha Kitt's cool with Nina Simone's fury.
  12. We're approaching 11 years and more than 800 concerts behind the Tiny Desk. Here's a look at the 2019 Grammy winners who've passed through our offices.
  13. Fantastic Negrito is a man that wants to be seen and wants to be heard. Enjoy a gripping story and thrilling performance in this session.
  14. Irish singer/songwriter Hozier sits down with NPR Music's Bob Boilen to discuss the lifetime of listening that led to his new EP, Nina Cried Power, and what American blues means to him.
  15. Rush's unique style of soloing and powerful tenor voice helped shape the Chicago blues sound and deeply influenced famed guitarists like Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughn.