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Richie Havens in 1969.

Watch Richie Havens, A Folk Singer Of 'Freedom'

April 23, 2013 – The singer, who famously opened Woodstock in 1969, has died.


Josh Ritter performs live for opbmusic in Portland, Ore.

Watch Josh Ritter: Coming Out Of The Dark Clouds opbmusic

April 20, 2013 – Watch and download Ritter's performance of "Hopeful," recorded live at Portland's Crystal Ballroom. opbmusic

Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's new collaborative album is titled Child Ballads.

Read The Continuing Relevance Of Child Ballads

April 20, 2013 – A duo of young songwriters is reviving Scottish and English folk songs from centuries ago.


Shovels and Rope performs live on Mountain Stage.

Listen Shovels And Rope On Mountain Stage

April 19, 2013 – The husband-and-wife roots-rock duo plays buoyant songs from its debut album, O' Be Joyful.


Glenn Jones.

Watch Glenn Jones' Bittersweet 'Farewell' To A Family Home

April 17, 2013 – Jones performs "Bergen County Farewell" in singer-songwriter Meg Baird's New Jersey living room.

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, a.k.a. Aly Spaltro.

Read Lady Lamb The Beekeeper On World Cafe

April 16, 2013 – The ever-evolving singer-songwriter Aly Spaltro plays songs from her debut album, Ripley Pine.


Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's first album together, Love Has Come for You, comes out April 23.

Read First Listen: Steve Martin And Edie Brickell, 'Love Has Come For You'

April 14, 2013 – Brickell's plainspoken warmth pairs wonderfully with Martin's playful five-string banjo picking.

The cover photo from Nick Drake's 1969 debut, Five Leaves Left, produced by Joe Boyd.

Read Nick Drake: 'A Real Musician's Musician'

April 14, 2013 – Joe Boyd is releasing an album of performances culled from a series of Nick Drake tribute concerts.


Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line perform live at Folk Alliance for Folk Alley.

Watch Nora Jane Struthers And The Party Line: Hootenanny, Anyone? FolkAlley

April 13, 2013 – Watch the talented Americana singer-songwriter and her band kick up some dust in "Party Line." FolkAlley

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy performs live on Mountain Stage.

Listen Bonnie 'Prince' Billy On Mountain Stage

April 11, 2013 – Listen to a performance by indie-folk singer-songwriter Will Oldham, who has become a cult star.


David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.

Read Gillian Welch And David Rawlings: 'There's A Pull To Nashville' WXPN

April 9, 2013 – Listen to an extended conversation with the country-folk singers about their adopted hometown. WXPN


Caitlin Rose performs "Peach" for World Cafe.

Watch Caitlin Rose: Blooming In East Nashville WXPN

April 9, 2013 – Watch the young darling of Nashville's music scene perform her song "Peach." WXPN

Iron and Wine's new album, Ghost on Ghost, comes out April 16.

Read First Listen: Iron And Wine, 'Ghost On Ghost'

April 7, 2013 – Sam Beam has slowly and subtly built his sound into something lavish and even orchestral in scope.

Blaudzun, performing live at SXSW 2013.

Watch Blaudzun: NPR Front Row

April 4, 2013 – Watch the Dutch band perform the jubilantly beautiful "Elephants" live at South by Southwest.

Emily Wells

Read Hear Emily Wells' Heartbreaking Ode To L.A.

April 4, 2013 – The singer and violinist Emily Wells takes songs from her 2012 album Mama and strips them bare.

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