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Rickie Lee Jones.

Listen Rickie Lee Jones On 'Song Travels'

June 8, 2012 – Jones employs her dynamic voice to sing some of the standards that have inspired her along the way.


David Wax and Suz Slezak of David Wax Museum.

Watch David Wax Museum In Shanghai

June 7, 2012 – Watch an exclusive mini-documentary about the folk band's experience teaching music abroad.

Brandi Carlile

Listen Brandi Carlile In Concert WXPN

June 6, 2012 – The folk musician brings her pop-flavored melodies and powerful vocals to the World Cafe stage. WXPN


Trampled By Turtles.

Read Trampled By Turtles On World Cafe WXPN

June 5, 2012 – Hear a session from the folk-rock group, which is known for unbridled passion and raucous energy. WXPN


Kelly Hogan performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

Watch Kelly Hogan: Tiny Desk Concert

June 4, 2012 – The unflappable singer performs three songs with seeming effortlessness and easygoing charm.


Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson in the 1960s.

Read Doc Watson, Folk Music Icon, Dies At 89

May 29, 2012 – The folk musician from North Carolina revolutionized how people play guitar. He was 89 years old.


Two Man Gentlemen Band.

Read Next: Two Man Gentlemen Band WXPN

May 29, 2012 – Download a song from the Brooklyn duo, which makes music filled with absurd lyrics and retro flair. WXPN


Trampled by Turtles recently brought its introspective bluegrass and folk music to the Current.

Watch Trampled By Turtles: Midwest Bluegrass Royalty KCMP

May 29, 2012 – The band performs songs at The Current and discusses its intimate but universal take on bluegrass. KCMP

The Denver folk ensemble The Lumineers has released its self-titled debut album. From left: Wes Schultz, Neyla Pekarek and Jeremiah Fraites.

Read The Lumineers: Chasing Big Dreams Out West

May 26, 2012 – After years of struggling in New York, the folk group left everything behind and settled in Denver.


Alialujah Choir on

Watch Alialujah Choir: Bowler Hats And Harmonies opbmusic

May 24, 2012 – This Portland trio lives by two rules: Have fun and harmonize. Watch it back that up for OPBmusic. opbmusic

John Fullbright

Read Next: John Fullbright WXPN

May 22, 2012 – Download a track featuring the Oklahoma songwriter's unassuming, roots-based take on folk music. WXPN


David Bromberg performs on Folk Alley.

Watch David Bromberg: In The Studio, A New Lease On Life FolkAlley

May 22, 2012 – The folksinger and guitarist recently returned to music, reinvigorated after a 17-year respite. FolkAlley

Read John Fullbright: How To Connect 'From The Ground Up'

May 21, 2012 – It's a good sign when you get 11 songs into an album and the quality remains high.


Arborea performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2012.

Watch Arborea: Tiny Desk Concert

May 17, 2012 – Rooted in acoustic traditions, the music of Arborea stands out for its calm beauty and rough edges.


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