Kacey Musgraves had one of country music's biggest albums of 2018, but it came only after she shrugged off any lingering obligation to pursue radio airplay.
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"The thing about bikers and truckers is they're just regular folks, and that's definitely my demographic," Ashley McBryde tells NPR. "I'm never looking for a pedestal."
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NPR Music's best 100 songs of 2017. (Clockwise from upper left) Goldlink, Margo Price, IBEYI, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Tyler The Creator, Big Thief, SZA and Sharon Jones.
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