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Since the start of her career, Bonnie Raitt's performance of roadhouse rockers, pop ballads, funky sophistication and plenty else has evidenced a deep understanding of mutuality and its absence. Her new album, Just Like That..., is out April 22. Ken Friedman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On their new albums, Morris and Tuttle are both sharpening their artistic identities while reinventing what staying invested in their genres of origin can look and sound like. Samantha Muljat/Harper Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The members of Brassville. From left, back row, standing: Jonathon Neal, MarVelous Brown, Derrick Greene, Adrian Pollard, Nate McDowell; seated on bench: Marcus Chandler and Rashad Sylvester; center, seated on ground: Larry Jenkins, Jr. Garrett E Morris/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Brassville aims to reclaim the deep scope of Nashville music history, stage by stage

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Mickey Guyton, Adia Victoria and Chapel Hart's Devynn Hart have made the industry a more welcoming place for others who look like them. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images hide caption

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"Some of the work is deliberately remaining outside of the structure," says musician and advocate Lilli Lewis of the efforts of Black musicians to make it in country and roots music industries. "We want to center different values and it's really difficult to do that from inside." Lewis just released a new album called Americana. David Villalta/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New roots: Black musicians and advocates are forging coalitions outside the system

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Mon Laferte's 1940 Carmen is one of our picks for the best releases out on Oct. 29. Joel Orta/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 29

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Anthony Hamilton's Love is the New Black leads off this week's shortlist of the best new albums out Sept. 24. Antwon Maxwell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 24

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Singer and rapper Lil Nas X's debut full-length Montero is on NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out on Sept. 17. Charlotte Rutherford/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 17

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The Journey Took Madi Diaz To Creating Her New Album, 'History Of A Feeling'

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CHVRCHES' fourth album, Screen Violence, is out Friday. Kevin J Thomson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Aug. 27

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