- American Rural Traditions
- Artists' Record Collections
- Country Music That Ain’t Slick
- Cry, Scream, And Moan: Electric Guitar Music
- Dance Music That’s Not Assaultive
- Delightfully Eclectic Mixes
- The Feminine Musique: Female Vocalists
- Important Record Labels
- Indie Music That's Not Too Weird
- Influential Producers
- Jazz Giants
- Legendary Recording Studios
- Master Composers
- Moogs & Korgs: Analog Synths
- Mustache Music (Or: Cool In The ‘70s)
- New Music For Baby Boomers
- Obscure Genres
- Playlist Comes Alive! : Live Recordings
- Reggae Beyond Bob Marley
- Stylish Music For The Fashion Set
- This Will Piss Off Your Parents
- Vintage Bachelor Pad
- Weird, Difficult & Avant-garde
- When You’re Over Being A Music Snob
- World Music You Can’t Play At A Cocktail Party
Johnny Cash called the Bristol sessions of 1927 "the most important event in the history of country music." This open-mike recording session for Appalachia's "hillbilly" musicians was the commercial debut of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.
Praise is at the heart of the south's black gospel tradition. Spirituals blend with blues and jazz, sung with soul as solos, trios, and quartets. Testify!
Strictly adhering to its heritage, traditional bluegrass is music performed in the style of the genre's founding father Bill Monroe -- that is, fast tempos, tight harmonies, and virtuosic banjo, mandolin, and fiddle playing.
Dating back to 1930s, these are some of the earliest recordings of blues music. Though it had humble beginnings, the blues music of the Mississippi Delta paved the way for rock & roll.
This playlist includes all of the early Texas blues pioneers, some of whom were the first to play the blues with an electric guitar.
This is the heartfelt sound of the South -- the intersection of country, soul, rockabilly and R&B in the '50s, '60s and '70s; songs of drinkin', cheatin', and lovin' with Louisiana brass and Nashville strings.
Western swing was developed in the dance halls of America's lower Great Plains during 1920s and '30s. Derived predominantly from swing jazz, Western swing laid the sonic foundation upon which country music was later built.
A disturbed sibling of traditional folk ballads, murder ballads detail the motivation, execution, and aftermath of killings.
Some of the heaviest hitters ever to hoist a bluegrass axe, from the old school (Bill Monroe) to the new crew (Chris Thile).
Classic female blues singers from the 1920s through the '50s, from the lowdown dirty Beale Street blues to the sanctified gospel of the storefront churches.
Long before the blues went electric and urban, these rural pioneers were laying down the foundations of the genre, usually with no more than a voice and acoustic guitar.
The yearning, country-tinged feel of Cajun music and the blues-based, party-starting grooves of zydeco are at the core of Louisiana's musical tradition. These are the old-school artists who built the sound.
A collection of classics and lesser-known gems from the beginning of rock & roll, with an emphasis on country-leaning "hillbilly rock," otherwise known as rockabilly.
Bluegrass is a genre of country music that emerged from Appalachia in the 1940s as a faster, more complex take on traditional string band music. Listen to the songs that have helped define this rich, and surprisingly diverse, musical tradition.
Nothing but vintage rockabilly here, from its earliest champions to its biggest stars. Go, cat, go!
When a new generation of bluegrass players started tweaking the traditional template, incorporating folk, rock, jazz, world music and more, Newgrass was born. Enjoy the evolution of this rule-breaking sound through the decades.
Bluegrass has a romantic streak a mile wide, with songs of heartbreak, infatuation, or any state in between. Listen to bluegrass's finest pour out their hearts.