Jim Lauderdale's new album, I'm A Song, comes out July 1. Scott Simontacchi/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Willie Nelson's new album, Band of Brothers, comes out June 17. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jose James' new album, While You Were Sleeping, comes out June 10. Janette Beckman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meshell Ndegeocello's new album, Comet, Come to Me, comes out June 3. Jason Rodgers/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires' new album, Dereconstructed, comes out May 27. Wes Frazer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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NPR Music's Ann Powers (right) interviews musicians (from left) Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sharon Jones and Meshell Ndegeocello at the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. Brady Harvey hide caption

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Sharon Jones, Mike McCready, Meshell Ndegocello And Alynda Lee Segarra On Stage

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Sturgill Simpson's second album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, takes inspiration from both Ray Charles and research into near-death experiences. Crackerfarm/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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