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"Having not grown up here, I feel I'm always educating myself on what this country is, what it has been and perhaps what it can be." J.S Ondara's debut album is Tales of America. Josh Cheuse/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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J.S. Ondara Examines An Elusive American Dream On His Debut

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Izzy Young in Sept. 2007. Frank Beacham/Courtesy of Frank Beacham hide caption

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Izzy Young, Center To The Folk Music Revival, Dies At 90

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Brandi Carlile performs a live World Cafe Session at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Liz Waldie/WXPN hide caption

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Brandi Carlile On World Cafe

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William Ferris has spent his career documenting church gospel hymns, Delta blues and work songs of Mississippi. Hester Magnuson/Courtesy of Dust to Digital Archives hide caption

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Keeper Of Southern Folklife Is Up For 2 Grammy Awards

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Corrina Hewat, Scottish singer, harpist and composer, is one of the artists featured in this week's episode of The Thistle & Shamrock. Dougie Cunningham/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Songs Of The Bard

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Lula Wiles' sophomore album, What Will We Do, is out now. Laura Partain/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lula Wiles Flips Notions About American Folk On Its Head

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Nellie McKay On Mountain Stage

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Joan Shelley On Mountain Stage

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David Crosby On World Cafe

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Margo Price performing at the 2018 Newport Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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​Margo Price, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2018

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"They're still love songs. They're still melodically driven," Sharon Van Etten says. "I just feel like I sing with a different kind of force." Ryan Pfluger/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'A Different Kind Of Force': Sharon Van Etten Takes Her Sound In New Directions

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