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Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Elsa Oldham play a Merle Haggard cover at "Drag City Limits." YouTube hide caption

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All Songs TV

One Year After Merle Haggard's Death, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Sings 'Bad Actor'

Watch Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Elsa Oldham perform the late-period Merle Haggard tune in a steam room.

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Andrew Bird On Mountain Stage

The classically-trained folk virtuoso returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Andrew Bird On Mountain Stage

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Watch Pokey LaFarge Perform 'Hard Times Come And Go' Live On Mountain Stage

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The St. Louis multi-instrumentalist leads his six-piece band in a set recorded live in Charleston, W.Va.

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Favorite Sessions

Watch Caroline Spence Perform 'All The Beds I've Made' Live For Folk Alley

Folk Alley

The Nashville-based songwriter recorded a few tracks at this year's 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida, including this quietly hopeful love song.

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SXSW Music Festival

Watch Phoebe Bridgers' Quiet And Powerful 'Smoke Signals,' Played In A Hotel Room

In a hotel room near midnight, Bridgers shares a lullaby for the lost. You can't help but hang on for dear life.

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SXSW Music Festival

DakhaBrakha's Lullaby Reminds Us There's A Time For Everything

Watch the utterly unique Ukranian band play a quiet, contemplative lullaby that reminds us that we have "time to laugh and cry, time to live and die."

Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza and Nina Diaz perform during SXSW. Aaron Rogosin for NPR hide caption

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SXSW Music Festival

Watch Nina Diaz & Luz Elena Mendoza Sing On Each Other's Beautiful Songs

In a church courtyard, Mendoza's yodel swirls in Diaz's gritty croon as the two songwriters perform together, on each other's songs, for the first time.

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South X Lullabies

Valerie June Takes Us Across The 'Astral Plane' In A Church Courtyard

At St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, Valerie June plays a softly swaying, country-tinged soul song that scrapes the stratosphere.

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Mountain Stage

Watch Tift Merritt Perform Live On Mountain Stage

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

"How does the scar forgive the knife?" the singer-songwriter asks in this heart-wrenching live performance of "Heartache Is An Uphill Climb."

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Iron & Wine On Mountain Stage

The seminal indie-folk act makes his debut on Mountain Stage, recorded during the show's 33rd anniversary celebration at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Iron & Wine On Mountain Stage

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