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River Whyless, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The folk-pop band builds mountains out of sensitive harmony lines at the Newport Folk Festival.

River Whyless, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

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Joan Shelley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

"These are the smallest songs you'll hear at this folk festival," Shelley said of her set.

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The rootsy soul band worked through simmering soul grooves and hip-swinging honky-tonk.

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Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The Newport favorite brought along some special guests for Saturday's most anticipated set.

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The Oh Hellos

The nine-piece band bursts with anthemic joy, even as its songs convey darkness and loneliness.

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The Wild Reeds

Great singers aren't easy to come by, so finding three in one band is something special.

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Joan Shelley

As technology rules the day, here's a reminder that a single voice can carry deep emotion.

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Watkins Family Hour

With help from Fiona Apple, two Nickel Creek alums gather a band to perform old and new songs.

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The 2015 Americana Honors & Awards Ceremony

The Awards ceremony leaves plenty of room for great performances. Watch the full archive.

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Sam Lee

The singer found his voice by finding and preserving old British, Irish and Scottish folk songs.