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Ben Harper, 'Shine' (Live)

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Harper's backing band, The Innocent Criminals, adds dynamism to this live performance.

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Amy Helm On Mountain Stage

The singer-songwriter is best known for collaborations with her late father, The Band's Levon Helm. Here, Amy Helm performs songs from her first solo album.

Amy Helm On Mountain Stage

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Josh Ritter On Mountain Stage

The folk-rock singer-songwriter performs songs from Sermon On The Rocks, live in West Virginia.

Josh Ritter On Mountain Stage

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Sense Of Place North Carolina: Squirrel Nut Zippers

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Hear a 1996 session featuring the Chapel Hill swing-revival band, which had a huge hit with "Hell."

Sense Of Place North Carolina: Squirrel Nut Zippers

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Kevin Morby, 'Motors Runnin" (Live)

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With a Dylan-esque drawl and jangly guitar hooks, Morby plays "Motors Runnin'" live in Oregon.

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Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys On Mountain Stage

The bluegrass- and Motown-inspired band performs live in West Virginia.

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys On Mountain Stage

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Remembering A Country Legend: Merle Haggard On World Cafe

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The "Okie from Muskogee" talks life, music and songwriting in this 2003 interview. Haggard died Wednesday morning.

Merle Haggard on World Cafe (2003)

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