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The Lone Bellow's self-titled debut comes out Jan. 22.

Read First Listen: The Lone Bellow, 'The Lone Bellow'

January 6, 2013 – On its debut, the band mixes a catchy roots-pop rumble with emotionally resonant folk-rock belting.

Angel Olsen from the film 'Tiniest Seed'

Watch First Watch: Angel Olsen's 'Tiniest Seed' In 16mm

January 3, 2013 – The folk singer collaborated on two new videos with a trio of filmmakers.

Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., became the inspiration for a song.

Read 'Prayer Flags,' A Song About Waiting On Heavenly Help

December 29, 2012 – Inspired by Tibetan prayer flags flying near her home, Kristina Olsen spun a theological riddle.

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Spirit Family Reunion.

Listen Spirit Family Reunion On Mountain Stage

December 21, 2012 – Hear the band play rustic, Appalachia-influenced tunes on its first Mountain Stage appearance.

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Music by guitarist Fields Ward appears in the new collection Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music, 1923-1936.

Read Tunes To 'Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard' To

December 19, 2012 – Critic Milo Miles says these rare old-timey songs contain "the currents of long-ago lives."

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The Lone Bellow

Watch You'll Know This Band In 2013: The Lone Bellow

December 19, 2012 – The Lone Bellow plays acoustic music born of tragedy and of the heart.

John Fullbright.

Read John Fullbright On World Cafe WXPN

December 18, 2012 – Hear the folk singer play songs from his debut album, From The Ground Up. WXPN

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The Stray Birds released one of the finest debuts of the year.

Read Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums Of 2012 FolkAlley

December 15, 2012 – The best folk and roots of the year, from solo musicians to stomping bands, focused on community. FolkAlley

Barnaby Bright.

Listen Barnaby Bright On Mountain Stage

December 13, 2012 – Hear the indie-folk duo play a wide array of instruments in its first Mountain Stage appearance.

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Josh Ritter.

Read Josh Ritter On World Cafe WXPN

December 13, 2012 – Hear Ritter perform a song from his forthcoming album, The Beast in Its Tracks, in the studio. WXPN

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Daniel Bachman was a teenager when he struck up a friendship with Jack Rose, the prolific guitarist who died in 2009 at 38.

Read Fingerstylist Jack Rose Remembered As A Friend

December 9, 2012 – Fellow guitarist Daniel Bachman was a teen when he struck up a friendship with the late musician.

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Anais Mitchell performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 23, 2012.

Watch Anaïs Mitchell: Tiny Desk Concert

December 6, 2012 – The singer-songwriter performs three of Young Man in America's most bracingly beautiful songs.

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Elizabeth LaPrelle sings during The Floyd Radio Show, a monthly program streamed live online.

Watch Elizabeth LaPrelle: Carrying On The Appalachian Tradition

December 2, 2012 – Though she's only 25, the ballad singer says she's "excited to sound like a creepy old lady."

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The Spring Standards.

Listen The Spring Standards On Mountain Stage

November 30, 2012 – Hear the ethereal indie-pop band perform songs representing its acoustic folk-pop side.

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Martha Wainwright's newest album, Come Home to Mama, was inspired by the death of her mother and birth of her son, which happened about two months apart.

Read Martha Wainwright On New Motherhood, And A Mother Lost

November 25, 2012 – Wainwright's newest album was inspired by two big changes in her family — a birth and a death.

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