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In this episode of Blues Unlimited — the second in a celebration of the Newport Folk Festival — we take a look at some of the great Blues legends to have appeared on the stage at the iconic Newport, Rhode Island festival during the 1960s — particularly focusing on the years 1964 and 1965. Although Vanguard issued a number of LPs and CDs over the years commemorating the music from the annual event, their reissue program was never systematic or comprehensive. Here, after digging deep into long out-of-print CDs and LPs, we gather some of the "Best of the Fest" to bring some truly great, rare, and historic performances — all live, in concert, and from the stage of the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. In this second installment, we'll hear from Sleepy John Estes, Mississippi John Hurt, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Rev. Gary Davis, Mance Lipscomb, Lightnin' Hopkins, Son House, and more.

Be sure to check out our tribute to Mike Leadbitter and Simon Napier — the men who founded Blues Unlimited magazine more than half a century ago. Part One: and Part Two:

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