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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Delta Rae performs on Mountain Stage.

Listen Delta Rae On Mountain Stage

February 19, 2013 – The North Carolina band's four voices combine to create sweet folk-rock and blues harmonies.


Punch Brothers.

Listen Punch Brothers On Mountain Stage

February 12, 2013 – Chris Thile's quintet continues to push bluegrass' boundaries into experimental rock territory.


Ivan & Alyosha's first full-length album, All the Times We Had, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Ivan & Alyosha, 'All The Times We Had'

February 10, 2013 – The band writes gorgeous, swelling songs about love and faith, and performs them with real charm.

Fiddler Bill Stepp in Kentucky's Magoffin County in the 1930s.

Read The Kentucky Fiddler Who Inspired Aaron Copland's 'Hoe-Down'

February 10, 2013 – Bill Stepp turned the traditional tune "Bonaparte's Retreat" from a march into a hoedown.


The Pines.

Listen The Pines On Mountain Stage

February 7, 2013 – The ethereal folk-rock band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, live in Bristol, Tenn./Va.


Lena Hughes recorded one album of Southern parlor music before her death in 1998.

Read The 'Ancient Vibration' Of Parlor Music, Revived By Two Generations

February 6, 2013 – The only album ever recorded by the masterful Lena Hughes acts as a kind of time capsule.


Lisa Hannigan performs in one of several live concerts for a new tribute album, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.

Read Hear Lisa Hannigan Cover Nick Drake For A New Tribute Album

February 6, 2013 – Veteran producer Joe Boyd pays tribute to his late friend, the legendary folksinger Nick Drake.

Hey Marseilles.

Read Next: Hey Marseilles WXPN

January 28, 2013 – Hear two songs from the orchestral folk-pop band's new album, Lines We Trace, out March 5. WXPN


The Lone Bellow performs at Rockwood Music Hall.

Watch The Lone Bellow: A Perfect Song For Singing Along WFUV

January 22, 2013 – Watch the Brooklyn roots-rock group play "The One You Should've Let Go" live at Rockwood Music Hall. WFUV

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