Jimmy Holmes is the last in a line of music legends as he seeks to keep a singular American art form thriving
A lovable grouch, obsessed with the magic of American sidewalk harmony, runs the Philadelphia shop
How the world’s handiest instrument took over American music
The culmination of two decades of planning, the National Museum of African American Music opened its doors last month
Canonical books, songs and films became free to use in 2021
Some have decried the selection as dull, but Pantone prefers to frame it as "a timeless and enduring hue"
Thomas Wiggins, an African-American musician marketed as ‘Blind Tom’, had a lucrative career—but saw none of the profits himself
Aretha Franklin dies at 76; her memory lives on at the Smithsonian in artwork, photographs and other ephemera
The time team's humming a new tune after a run-in with one of the most influential men in American music history
The co-author of a classic holiday song still can’t catch a break
Take a tour through Americana music history
Is blues music a thing of the past? A festival in Memphis featuring musicians of all ages and nationalities shouts an upbeat answer
At Dockery Farms, the original bluesmen created a sound that would become legendary
Rock fans do their own investigative work to understand their favorite groups’ influences. So why can’t the rest of us get with the program?
A new release from Smithsonian Folkways celebrates the diverse sounds of turn-of-the-century itinerant musicians
Despite setbacks, the Mississippi River city has held onto its rollicking blues joints, smokin' barbecue and welcoming, can-do spirit
For years, the recording industry excluded black artists. Along came Motown, and suddenly everyone was singing its tunes
The blues and rock musician shares stories of his wild past and his concerns for the future.
Often compared to American blues, fado is gaining global appeal