Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs. The group was awarded New/Emerging Artist Of The Year. Erika Goldring/Courtesy of AMA hide caption

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The 2012 Americana Music Association Awards

Folk Alley

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

The AMA Awards, Live From Nashville

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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.

Lucy Wainwright Roche On Mountain Stage

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Mountain Stage

The Milk Carton Kids On Mountain Stage

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

The Milk Carton Kids On Mountain Stage

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Mountain Stage

Suzanne Vega On Mountain Stage

Hear the folk-pop singer perform international hits like "Luka" and "Tom's Diner."

Suzanne Vega On Mountain Stage

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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.

Megafaun, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Newport Folk Festival

Spirit Family Reunion, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Folk Alley

The group plays Newport as if the amps are off and the audience is huddled around, clapping along.

Spirit Family Reunion, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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Newport Folk Festival

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.

Blitzen Trapper, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

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