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The 2012 Americana Music Association Awards

Listen to the annual awards ceremony honoring the best Americana and folk music of the year.

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Mountain Stage

Lucy Wainwright Roche On Mountain Stage

The folk scion plays music from her most recent album, Lucy, and finishes with a brilliant cover.

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The Milk Carton Kids On Mountain Stage

The minimalist folk duo makes its first appearance on the show, recorded live in Charleston, W.V.

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Newport Folk Festival

Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

The band has a knack for blending classic-rock traditionalism with a real ear for experimentation.

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Blitzen Trapper, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

American Goldwing finds the band settling into a breezy classic-rock vibe, but sharp edges poke out.

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