Robert Plant made his first commercial recordings in 1966. He formed the ground Band of Joy in 1967, with drummer John Bonham. Gregg Delman hide caption

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Ricky Skaggs has received 14 Grammy Awards and was named the Country Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year in 1982. Erick Anderson hide caption

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Painter Will Cotton, known for his lush, dreamlike candy landscapes, was the art director for Katy Perry's "California Gurls" music video. He also created the cover art for the album. Will Cotton / EMI Music hide caption

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Marty Stuart was born in Philadelphia, Miss., where he taught himself to play both the guitar and mandolin as a teenager. James Minchin III hide caption

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Arcade Fire's new album, The Suburbs, has the ambition of a rock opera. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Los Lobos' latest album Tin Can Trust is their latest to combine the sounds of rock and roll, country music and traditional Mexican and Spanish tunes. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Welsh singer Tom Jones rose to prominence in the '60s with "It's Not Unusual," which became an international hit. Marco Grob hide caption

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From left to right, Billy "Bud" Cowsill, Barry Muir, Jeffrey Hatcher and J.B. Johnson make up the Canadian band The Blue Shadows. Bumstead Productions Ltd. hide caption

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The funk and soul band led by Robert Randolph (center) also includes bassist Danyel Morgan (left) and drummer Marcus Randolph. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Elizabeth Cook, the youngest of 11 children, made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2000. Kristin Barlowe hide caption

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Tracey Thorn's third album focuses on the small details in life: weddings, singles bars and the size of one's jeans. Edward Bishop hide caption

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