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Bluegrass icon Billy Strings (right) recorded his new album Me/And/Dad with his stepdad, Terry Barber. The album features songs that Strings learned from Barber during his childhood. Joshua Black Wilkins/Sacks And Co. hide caption

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Bluegrass icon Billy Strings brings it back home on new album with his dad

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At the Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman, Ky., days after July's catastrophic floods, luthier Kris Patrick searches through the mud-caked remains of instruments and materials. Arden S. Barnes/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Carrie Underwood, from left, Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert perform a tribute to the late singer Loretta Lynn, pictured on screen, during the 56th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Mark Humphrey/Mark Humphrey/Invision/AP hide caption

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"I want to see more opportunities for women who have a message, who are dark-skinned," says Jessy Wilson, whose uplifting "Keep Rising" with Angélique Kidjo closes the historical epic The Woman King. Mary Caroline Russell hide caption

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How a triumphant anthem for 'The Woman King' brought Jessy Wilson back to music

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Artists featured on the best music of October episode (from top left, clockwise): Maral, Open Mike Eagle, Natalia Lafourcade, Víkingur Ólafsson, Plains. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of October, from ancestral grooves to hip-hop nostalgia

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Jess Williamson (left) and Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield (right) indulge rich harmonies and classic country waltzes as Plains. Miolly Matalon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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That Loretta Lynn sang about women's struggles while masterfully projecting the image of an uncorrupted country girl made her all the more convincing as an artist. Star Tribune via Getty Images hide caption

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Bonnie Raitt on World Cafe

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Loretta Lynn performs on stage in California in 1972. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Loretta Lynn, country music icon, has died at 90

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The best music of September includes releases from (top left, clockwise) Björk, Makaya McCraven, Sudan Archives, Alex G and Tyler Childers. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of September, from untraditional gospel to mushroom music

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With his 11th album, The Man From Waco, Charley Crockett is reaching his broadest audience yet by doing the same thing he's always done — telling his own idiosyncratic story of America and its music. Bobby Cochran/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Amanda Shires was named emerging artist of the year at the 2017 Americana Music and Honors Awards Ceremony. Her new album is Take It Like a Man. Michael Schmelling hide caption

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Amanda Shires examines the fault lines in her marriage on her new album

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Talking cowboy culture with Orville Peck and the Compton Cowboys

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