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"When these songs started bubbling to the surface, I tried to ignore them — but they were on loop," says John Paul White. "Little by little they wore me down." Allister Ann/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01The Martyr

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Simple Song

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Rhiannon Giddens, Patty Griffin And Shakey Graves—A Musical Conversation

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No Blank Space, Baby: Taylor Swift Is The Soul Of Ryan Adams

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