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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."


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


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.


Josh Ritter.

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


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


The Stray Birds perform for Folk Alley.

Watch The Stray Birds: Young, Weary And Resolute FolkAlley

November 24, 2012 – Watch one of folk's best new bands perform their hit single, "Dream in Blue," for Folk Alley. FolkAlley

Leonard Cohen.

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November 20, 2012 – Music journalist Sylvie Simmons recently wrote a biography of the iconic singer and poet. WXPN


The L.A. duo Foxygen just released a new song, "Shuggie," which Philadelphia's WXPN quickly embraced.

Read Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

November 20, 2012 – Download new music from Foxygen, bassist Marcus Miller, folk singer Rayna Geller and more.

Ben Taylor.

Listen Ben Taylor On Mountain Stage

November 19, 2012 – The singer performs a generous 41-minute set with tracks from his most recent album, Listening.


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