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Outside the Woody Guthrie Center, there's a large mural of Guthrie holding his guitar bearing the phrase, "This Machine Kills Fascists."

Read Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

May 28, 2013 – Guthrie's relationship with his home state is complicated. A new space aims to change that.

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The SteelDrivers.

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May 28, 2013 – The band mixes soul and bluegrass on its new album, Hammer Down. Hear six songs, recorded live.

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The Avett Brothers.

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May 27, 2013 – Hear the dynamic, thought-provoking folk-rock band play songs from its latest album, The Carpenter. WXPN

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

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May 27, 2013 – Appearing as a duo for the first time, Fleck and Washburn employ revolutionary banjo techniques.

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Laura Marling's new album, Once I Was an Eagle, comes out May 28.

Read First Listen: Laura Marling, 'Once I Was An Eagle'

May 19, 2013 – The folksinger takes a remarkable journey over the course of 16 hypnotic, subtly inventive songs.

Sam Amidon's new album is titled Bright Sunny South.

Read Sam Amidon: Reshaping An American Folk Tradition

May 17, 2013 – Amidon says the melodies of shape-note hymns are some of the "deepest-seated for me."

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Laura Stevenson.

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May 13, 2013 – The death-obsessed singer-songwriter explores a dark, folk-infused sound on her new album, Wheel. WXPN

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Buddy Miller and Jimmy Lauderdale perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19, 2013.

Watch Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk Concert

May 13, 2013 – The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies.

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The Handsome Family's new album, Wilderness, comes out May 14.

Read First Listen: The Handsome Family, 'Wilderness'

May 12, 2013 – The duo returns with an album about wildlife, with an emphasis on nature's capacity for destruction.

Billy Bragg.

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May 6, 2013 – The British singer-songwriter plays songs from his introspective new album, Tooth & Nail. WXPN

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The Handsome Family.

Watch What's Behind The Glass? A New Handsome Family Video

May 6, 2013 – The Handsome Family's song "Woodpecker" tells the true story of the Wisconsin Window Smasher.

Iron and Wine's new album is titled Ghost on Ghost.

Read Iron And Wine: Words Like Seedlings

April 29, 2013 – Sam Beam says he isn't "worried about people understanding exactly what's happening" in any song.

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The Lone Bellow.

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April 29, 2013 – The folk-rock trio plays songs from its debut album and discusses its lyrical inspiration. WXPN

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The Chapin Sisters' new tribute album is titled A Date With the Everly Brothers.

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April 27, 2013 – Lily and Abigail Chapin's latest project is a kind of musical double date.

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Blue Yonder performs live on Mountain Stage.

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April 25, 2013 – The West Virginia trio fuses country, honky-tonk and jazz during this home-state live performance.

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