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Rodney Crowell, whose new album Acoustic Classics has the Nashville legend reinterpreting some of his catalog from a new vantage point. Austin Lord/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Rodney Crowell, A Godfather Of Americana, The Work Is Never Finished

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Nathan Salsburg's Third is out July 20 via No Quarter. Joan Shelley/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Nathan Salsburg, 'Third'

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This weeks' episode of The Thistle & Shamrock features music by Kris Drever. Chloe Garrick /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: ThistleRadio Classic

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Catalan folk duo Maria i Marcel are not afraid to discuss the atrocities of Spain's Civil War through music. "There's a change of mentality," Marcel Bag├ęs says. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Folk Duo Maria i Marcel Shines Light On The 'Very Real Taboo' Of Spain's Civil War

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This week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock features music by Jean Ritchie. Photo Courtesy of State Archives of Florida hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Dear Jean

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Dave Alvin (left) and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (right) performing live in the World Cafe Performance Studio. Dylan Eddinger/WXPN hide caption

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Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore On World Cafe

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"I used metaphor a lot in earlier work to hide what it was that I was actually trying to say," Florence Welch says. Vincent Haycock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Florence Welch Is Thankful For Her Messy Teenage Years: 'It Formed Me'

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Brent Cowles taking over the airways at the Colorado Sound. Chris Coomey/Colorado Sound hide caption

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Brent Cowles Introduces His Favorite Songs On The Colorado Sound

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Ruen Brothers performing live at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Senia Lopez/WXPN hide caption

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Ruen Brothers On World Cafe

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The Milk Carton Kids' new album, All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do, comes out June 29. Joshua Black Wilkins/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Milk Carton Kids, 'All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do'