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Erin McKeown

Read Song Premiere: Erin McKeown, 'The Jailer'

November 19, 2012 – McKeown's seventh album, MANIFESTRA, out in January, includes a song written with Rachel Maddow.

Patrick Watson performs live in concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Watch Patrick Watson In Concert

November 16, 2012 – The gifted singer and pianist plays an emotional live set at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.


Winston Yellen of Night Beds

Watch First Watch: Night Beds, 'Even If We Try'

November 15, 2012 – Watch the intense, haunting music video premiere from Night Beds, set to a soothing melody.

Sara Watkins.

Watch Sara Watkins On Mountain Stage

November 13, 2012 – The former Nickel Creek member performs songs from her latest solo album, Sun Midnight Sun.


Aaron Embry.

Read Next: Aaron Embry WXPN

November 12, 2012 – The Californian recorded his solo debut, Tiny Prayers, after a three-year stint with Edward Sharpe. WXPN


Field Report.

Read Field Report On World Cafe WXPN

November 12, 2012 – The band just released its debut album — the result of years of work for founder Chris Porterfield. WXPN


Girlyman performs on Folk Alley.

Watch Girlyman: This Song's Status Is 'It's Complicated' FolkAlley

November 10, 2012 – The folk band explores the middle ground between loving and leaving in "Empire of Our State." FolkAlley

Two legendary 19th century Finnish murderers grace the cover to Kimmo Pohjonen's Murhaballadeja.

Read Squeezebox Brutality: Murder Ballads From Finland

November 9, 2012 – Accordion renegade Kimmo Pohjonen collects a series of gruesome tales on Murhaballadeja.


Ben Sollee

Watch First Watch: Ben Sollee, 'A Few Honest Words'

November 5, 2012 – A moving video, shot by the Lincoln Memorial, issues a bipartisan plea for honesty from politicians.

Tift Merritt performed on WFUV.

Watch Tift Merritt: Reflecting On Little Luxuries WFUV

November 3, 2012 – Watch the veteran singer-songwriter perform "To Myself" at WFUV's studios in New York City. WFUV

Iris DeMent's new album is titled Sing the Delta.

Read 'Singing Is Praying' For Iris DeMent

October 28, 2012 – Raised Pentecostal, DeMent has mostly left religion behind, but says it surfaces in her songs.


Pete Seeger released two albums this year: Pete Remembers Woody (a Woody Guthrie tribute) and A More Perfect Union, a collaboration with guitarist Lorre Wyatt.

Read At 93, Pete Seeger Keeps The Fire Burning Low

October 27, 2012 – The folk singer, environmentalist and activist remains active and busy with new projects.


Martha Redbone's new album is The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake.

Read Blake's Poems, Reborn As Bluesy Folk Tunes, Burn Bright

October 11, 2012 – Martha Redbone sets 12 of William Blake's poems to music on her new album, The Garden of Love.


Thomas Bartlett, a.k.a. Doveman.

Read World Cafe Presents: The Burgundy Stain Sessions WXPN

October 11, 2012 – Download five songs captured at intimate, minimally rehearsed New York salons hosted by Doveman. WXPN

Milo Greene in the studio at KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Milo Greene KCRW

October 10, 2012 – Watch the rising L.A. folk-rock quintet perform a harmony-rich rendition of its song "1957." KCRW

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