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Strachwitz and Ry Cooder backstage at Arhoolie's 50th anniversary celebration.

Watch Arhoolie Records: 50 Years Of Digging For Down-Home Music

March 16, 2013 – Chris Strachwitz began distributing hard-to-find blues, Cajun and Latino music in the early 1960s.

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At age 71, nearly 50 years after his first album, guitarist Harry Taussig is releasing a follow-up — and making his concert debut at South by Southwest.

Read At SXSW, A 71-Year-Old Guitarist Makes A Belated Debut

March 14, 2013 – This week in Austin, Harry Taussig is performing in public for the first time.

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Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night.

Read Next: Birdie Busch And The Greatest Night

March 11, 2013 – Hear two songs from the whimsical singer-songwriter's new album.

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The Last Bison.

Read The Last Bison On World Cafe WXPN

March 11, 2013 – The Virginia band describes its classical-influenced folk-rock sound as "mountaintop chamber music." WXPN

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Arthur Alligood

Listen Arthur Alligood On Mountain Stage

March 8, 2013 – The winner of 2011's Mountain Stage NewSong contest performs tracks from his new One Silver Needle.

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Stompin' Tom Connors performs at the 2008 NHL Awards at  Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

Watch Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian Folk Hero, Has Died

March 7, 2013 – The singer-songwriter was a passionate nationalist whose songs celebrated his country.

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The New Rope String Band.

Listen The New Rope String Band On Mountain Stage

March 6, 2013 – The U.K. trio combines traditional acoustic sounds with circus and vaudeville elements.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Listen Ray Wylie Hubbard On Mountain Stage

March 5, 2013 – The Texas troubadour and anthem writer performs songs from his newest album, The Grifter's Hymnal.

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The Lone Bellow performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 20, 2013.

Watch The Lone Bellow: Tiny Desk Concert

March 4, 2013 – The fast-rising Brooklyn trio sings beautiful, heartfelt, impeccably harmonized folk-pop songs.

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Devendra Banhart's new album, Mala, comes out March 12.

Read First Listen: Devendra Banhart, 'Mala'

March 3, 2013 – The singer smooths out the extremes in his sound, while still finding ways to defy expectations.

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris' new collaborative album is titled Old Yellow Moon.

Read Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell: Staying Low

March 2, 2013 – On the new duet album Old Yellow Moon, the former bandmates practically celebrate heartbreak.

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Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's debut album is titled Ripely Pine.

Watch Lady Lamb The Beekeeper Emerges From Behind The Counter

February 28, 2013 – Aly Spaltro's first studio album, Ripely Pine, features rearrangements of her basement recordings.

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The Quebe Sisters Band performs on Mountain Stage.

Listen The Quebe Sisters Band On Mountain Stage

February 28, 2013 – The three fiddling sisters combine Western swing and jazz to form a sound of their own.

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Justin Townes Earle performs on Mountain Stage.

Listen Justin Townes Earle On Mountain Stage

February 25, 2013 – The singer puts the blues back in country on his new album, which he recorded in an old church.

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Josh Ritter's new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, comes out March 5.

Read First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'The Beast In Its Tracks'

February 24, 2013 – The singer-songwriter's new album was written entirely in response to his recent divorce.

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