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On her new album, Pushin' Against a Stone, Valerie June sings with a voice that's as powerful as it is unusual.

Watch Valerie June On Learning To Love 'Perfectly Imperfect' Voices

August 9, 2013 – The singer speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about embracing her own voice as a storytelling tool.


Alela Diane performs live for opbmusic.

Watch Alela Diane, 'Lost Land' (Live) opbmusic

August 8, 2013 – Watch the talented singer-songwriter perform at a historic venue with the aid of a string section. opbmusic

The Avett Brothers will release Magpie and the Dandelion on Oct. 15

Read Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another Is Waiting'

August 8, 2013 – From an album due out in October, the new track accomplishes everything an Avetts song should.


Scene from the Norah Jane Struthers video "Bike Ride."

Watch First Watch: Nora Jane Struthers, 'Bike Ride'

August 7, 2013 – An old-timey video for Nora Jane Struthers' "Bike Ride" finds the blue notes in the summery song.

Jason Isbell live at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

Listen Jason Isbell, Live In Concert

August 5, 2013 – Hear ex-Drive-By Truckers' member Jason Isbell perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.


Valerie June's new album, Pushin' Against a Stone, comes out Aug. 13.

Read First Listen: Valerie June, 'Pushin' Against A Stone'

August 4, 2013 – The Tennessee singer's keening soprano shows off its twang, yet sounds totally contemporary.

Gregory Alan Isakov's latest album is called The Weatherman.

Read 'The Weatherman': A Rambler's Folky Manifesto

August 4, 2013 – Songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov grew up bouncing from city to city, and it shows in his music.


Keaton Henson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Friday, May 24, 2013 at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Watch Keaton Henson: Tiny Desk Concert

August 3, 2013 – Henson's voice is so fragile and hushed, if you were 10 feet away from him you'd barely hear a peep.


Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars. The duo's new, self-titled album arrives on the heels of canceled tour dates and an ongoing hiatus from performing together.

Watch The Civil Wars' Joy Williams On The Duo's Fragile Bond

August 2, 2013 – The new album from Williams and John Paul White comes on the heels of an abrupt, public falling-out.


Iris Dement performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Listen Iris DeMent, Live In Concert

July 31, 2013 – Growing up singing in rural Arkansas, the 52-year-old songwriter emerges from another era entirely.


Andrew Bird and Tift Merritt perform at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Read Newport Folk Festival 2013: Day Three In Photos

July 29, 2013 – The final day felt like the last day of camp as folks came together to say goodbye.

Dana Falconberry performs a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2013.

Watch Dana Falconberry: Tiny Desk Concert

July 29, 2013 – Watch Falconberry and five bandmates perform three delicate songs from her recent album Leelanau.


Sam Phillips' new album, Push Any Button, comes out August 6.

Read First Listen: Sam Phillips, 'Push Any Button'

July 28, 2013 – Phillips' new album is warm and approachable without lapsing into sentimentality or excess.

The Avett Brothers perform at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Watch The Avett Brothers, Live In Concert

July 28, 2013 – Watch the roots band encore with "I And Love And You" and hear the full set.


The Lone Bellow performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Watch The Lone Bellow, Live In Concert

July 28, 2013 – The Brooklyn folk-pop band infuses its songs with ample charm, radiant hooks and intense emotions.


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