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The Mavericks' latest album, Mono, is available now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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03Pardon Me

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    Pardon Me
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    Mono
    Artist
    The Mavericks
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    The Valory Music Co.
    Released
    2015

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Corb Lund's new album, Things That Can't Be Undone, is due Oct. 9. Scott Council/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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05Sadr City

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    Sadr City
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    Things That Can't Be Undone
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    Corb Lund
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    New West
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    2015

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Aubrie Sellers' debut album, New City Blues, comes out in January 2016. Allister Ann/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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12Loveless Rolling Stone

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    Loveless Rolling Stone
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    New City Blues
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    Aubrie Sellers
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    Carnival Records/Thirty Tigers
    Released
    1969

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David Ramirez's new album, Fables, is out now. Greg Giannukos/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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04Rock and a Hard Place

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    David Ramirez
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    Sweetworld
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    1969

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Rhiannon Giddens, Patty Griffin And Shakey Graves—A Musical Conversation

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Ryan Adams' latest release is a song-for-song cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album. Left: Julia Brokaw /Courtesy of the artist. Right: Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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No Blank Space, Baby: Taylor Swift Is The Soul Of Ryan Adams

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Robyn Hitchcock presented Gillian Welch and David Rawlings with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show on Sept. 16, 2015. Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Americana Music hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Lucette, Oh Pep!, Whitey Morgan, Ponyboy, Those Pretty Wrongs Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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AmericanaFest Preview: Lucette, Whitey Morgan, Oh Pep! And More

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Aaron Lee Tasjan will release his new album, In The Blazes, on October 8. Stacie Huckeba/Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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01E.N.S.A.A.T.

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