Bruce Langhorne's soundtrack for the 1971 film The Hired Hand has inspired musicians for decades, even when it was hard to find. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"When I first started writing songs, I used my music as a vehicle for words, because that's what my childhood songwriting heroes seemed to do." James Toth wrote the music first for Clipper Ship. Leah Toth/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"Jack [Rose] transcended the shadow of [John] Fahey, and I think that's really difficult to do," Steve Gunn says. "It was undeniable when he played — people paid attention." Sam Erickson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wooden Wand's "Sleepwalking After Midnight" is a waltz-time beauty with a pianola's lilting menace. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Sleepwalking After Midnight' by Wooden Wand

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