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The Stray Birds - “Sabrina” (audio) (premiere)

The Stray Birds make beautiful Americana music, a lush sound characterized by tight harmonies and all-encompassing instrumentation.

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National Park Radio - ‘The Great Divide’ (album stream) (premiere)

The Great Divide is dance music in its most traditionally American sense: this is the stuff you waltz to around a campfire with your sweetheart.

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Sara Watkins - “Young in All the Wrong Ways” (Singles Going Steady)

"Young in All the Wrong Ways" showcases Sara Watkins sinewy, up-from-the-toes wail and knack for writing songs suffused with heart-wrenching sincerity.

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Sara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways

On her third solo release, Sara Watkins struggles to find a true sense of self following the end of a relationship, resulting in a multi-level transitional exercise in soul-baring and genre-hopping.

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15 Jun 2016 // 2:10 AM

Elephant Revival: Petals

Following the departure of a prominent band member, Elephant Revival holds its own with a restructuring on Petals.

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14 Jun 2016 // 9:54 AM

Marley’s Ghost - “Prodigal Son” (audio) (premiere)

Americana band Marley’s Ghost is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year with the new release The Woodstock Sessions, and we've got a track to whet your appetite.

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On My Own Planet: An Interview With Musical Chameleon Petra Haden

Haden has played with the Decemberists, Iggy Pop, Paul Motian, and others. The ubiquitous, multi-talented artist shares her ideas on, well, almost everything.

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13 May 2016 // 11:48 AM

Sara Watkins - “Move Me” (Singles Going Steady)

"Move Me" is a melodically ambitious roots-folk stomper that injects a singer-songwriter moodiness into the straightforward vigor of '60s rock 'n' roll.

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Al Scorch: Circle Round the Signs

Chicago-based and smarter than most, Al Scorch gives us a record that feels genuine, touching and wise.

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Josh Williams: Modern Day Man

Following a tumultuous road to recovery, Williams makes for a fine return to making country and bluegrass music.

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The Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma - “Going Home” ft. Abigail Washburn

Yo-Yo Ma teams up once again with the Silk Road Ensemble and adds Abigail Washburn to the mix to create an absolutely exquisite blend of styles and cultures.

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Country Fried Rock: Town Mountain Interview

Town Mountain rides the Southern Crescent all the way to Louisiana, making an album where award-winning bluegrass players boogie.

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Frank Solivan: Family, Friends and Heroes

The thematic connections between "Pretty Woman" and "Day Tripper" are probably accidental, but they work serendipitously as both are streetwalkers

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Soul Searching, Songwriting and Straight Up Hustling With Jim Lauderdale

It was a Sunday when Jim Lauderdale bumped into an old friend. Before he knew it it was Tuesday and he was on his way to making two new albums.

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10 Mar 2016 // 3:00 PM

Elephant Revival - Petals (audio) (premiere)

Colorado's Elephant Revival spring from a state full of amazing string bands and they are among the very finest.

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Wield Banjos Masterfully at the 92Y (Photos)

The two brilliant banjoists, and recent Grammy winners showcased their vast influences with songs that traversed folk and jazz styles from America and China.

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Mountain Heart - “Addicted” (audio) (premiere)

Progressive bluegrass band Mountain Heart rove way beyond the confines of the bluegrass genre, adding a bit of soul ala the SteelDrivers and a bit of pure-bred country ala Chris Stapleton.

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Michael Daves: Orchids and Violence

Bluegrass dances with grunge to mixed results.

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Left Coast Country - “Burnin’ Old Pictures of You” (audio) (premiere)

Portland's Left Coast Country specialize in new takes on classic bluegrass and burning up the stages with their energetic live performances.

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The Infamous Stringdusters: Ladies & Gentlemen

The popular newgrass outlet give the girls their time to shine.

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