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Nao's sophomore full-length Saturn is on our shortlist for the best albums out on Oct. 26. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday For Oct. 26: The 8 Albums You Should Hear Now

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Ketch Secor Of Old Crow Medicine Show on World Cafe

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The War And Treaty On World Cafe

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Artist-in-residence Miranda Lambert, right, performs onstage with bandmates Ashley Monroe, left, and Angaleena Presley, center, of Pistol Annies at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on September 26, 2018 in Nashville. John Shearer/Getty Images for Country Music H hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: William Prince, The Milk Carton Kids, Lula Wiles, Amythyst Kiah Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The Best Of AMERICANAFEST 2018

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01Before The Next Teardrop Falls

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Joni Mitchell, photographed during the Grammys' Salute To Industry Icons event on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. The singer will be celebrated in a pair of concerts on Nov. 6 and 7, 2018 in Los Angeles. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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An impromptu memorial for Aretha Franklin outside New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit — the same church where Franklin's father Rev. C.L. Franklin was a minister and where she began her singing career. Taken Aug. 19, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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