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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.


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

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


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.

Black Prairie performs live at Mountain Stage.

Listen Black Prairie On Mountain Stage

April 2, 2013 – The energetic string band, featuring members of The Decemberists, performs live in West Virginia.


Neko Case has been recording her latest album at WaveLab Studio in Tucson, Ariz.

Read Back In The Studio, Neko Case Recovers 'That Fire'

April 2, 2013 – Morning Edition checks in with the singer-songwriter as she refinishes her first album since 2009.


Robert Earl Keen performs live on Mountain Stage.

Listen Robert Earl Keen On Mountain Stage

April 1, 2013 – The enduring roots-folk singer-songwriter plays songs from his latest album, Ready for Confetti.


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