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Origins, the debut album by 14- and 11-year-old siblings Giri (left) and Uma Peters, is a set of traditional folk and blues songs that puts the duo's intention to spotlight the black musical traditions that shaped and spread the tunes. Sarah Hanson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kix Brooks (left) and Ronnie Dunn (right) of Brooks & Dunn perform with Luke Combs (center) during the Academy Of Country Music Awards in April. Combs appears on Brooks & Dunn's new album, Reboot, which features contemporary country stars collaborating with the duo on a dozen of its classic songs. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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"That's the thing that feels satisfying to me, is to be able to be that vulnerable, out loud as a black woman," Yola Carter says. Alysse Gafkjen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Yola Combines Softness And Grit In Her Virtuosic View Of Americana

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Our Native Daughters' Songs Of Our Native Daughters comes out Feb. 22 via Smithsonian Folkways. Terri Fensel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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