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Bob Dylan in 1970, the year he released his 10th studio album, Self Portrait.

Read Bob Dylan's 'Self Portrait,' Now In Vivid Color

September 10, 2013 – A key to the ongoing allure of Dylan's music lies in its ability to stand apart from its time.



Read Houndmouth On World Cafe WXPN

September 3, 2013 – Hear the rising roots-rock band from New Albany, Ind., as it performs four songs from its debut. WXPN


Typhoon, the Portland, Ore. band led by Kyle Morton, features a dozen musicians playing precise and complicated arrangements.

Read Songs For A Lost Childhood

August 31, 2013 – The leader of the band Typhoon can trace his songwriting career back to one life-altering bug bite.


Over the Rhine is the married duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. The pair's new double album, Meet Me at the Edge of the World, is its 15th studio release.

Watch 'We Grow Songs': Over The Rhine On Making Untamed Music

August 30, 2013 – A new double album grows from the musical couple's deep and tangled roots in rural Ohio.


Frank Turner.

Read Frank Turner On World Cafe WXPN

August 29, 2013 – Shifting from punk to folk, the British songwriter inspires a dedicated, fanatical following. WXPN


American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger (left) adopted and helped popularize "We Shall Overcome" by teaching the song at rallies and protests. Here he sings with activists in Greenwood, Miss., in 1963.

Read The Inspiring Force Of 'We Shall Overcome'

August 28, 2013 – It is not a marching song. It is not necessarily defiant. It is a promise.


Sam Baker's Say Grace is his fourth album since he started making them in 2004, at age 50.

Read Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken

August 27, 2013 – The Austin songwriter's latest album is his fourth since he started making them in 2004, at age 50.


Sarah Jarosz performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Listen Sarah Jarosz, Live In Concert

August 27, 2013 – Hear Sarah Jarosz perform new songs as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.


Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Read Steve Martin and Edie Brickell On World Cafe WXPN

August 27, 2013 – Watch a performance by the duo of material from their latest album, Love Has Come For You. WXPN


Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.

Read Sarah Lee Guthrie And Johnny Irion On World Cafe WXPN

August 21, 2013 – The couple performs songs from Wassaic Way and discusses Wilco's connections to the Guthrie family. WXPN


Amanda Shires performs with her husband, Jason Isbell, on Mountain Stage.

Listen Amanda Shires On Mountain Stage

August 20, 2013 – The gifted fiddler and her husband, Jason Isbell, perform songs from her album Down Fell The Doves.


Bob Dylan in 1970, the year he released his 10th studio album, Self Portrait. A new collection, Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), comes out August 27.

Read First Listen: Bob Dylan, Highlights From 'Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)'

August 18, 2013 – Subtitled The Bootleg Series Vol. 10, an archival set revisits one of Dylan's transitional phases.

William Tyler performs in Iowa City.

Watch William Tyler Speaks 'Truth' Through His Guitar

August 17, 2013 – While the former Nashville sideman's songs lack lyrics, they're not short on backstory.


Valerie June performs live at The Current's studios in St. Paul, Minn.

Watch Valerie June, 'You Can't Be Told' (Live) KCMP

August 15, 2013 – Watch the Memphis native blur lines between blues and folk during a studio session at The Current. KCMP

Students jam at one of the Augusta Heritage Center's themed, week-long summer music camps.

Read In West Virginia, A Band Camp Of Sorts Prizes Old-Time Music

August 10, 2013 – Banjos plink and toes tap at the Augusta Heritage Center, whose mission is preserving local culture.


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