Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear perform at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Aaron Lee Tasjan will release his new album, In The Blazes, on October 8. Stacie Huckeba/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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In their quality and clarity, Tamara Lindeman's lyrics recall Joni Mitchell's — a comparison not invoked lightly.

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A mural asserts local music pride in Bristol, Va., one of the stops along The Crooked Road — a trail that connects music venues through the mountains of the state. Desiré Moses hide caption

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