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Bluegrass Police is a popular act at the Tokyo bluegrass club Rocky Top. From left to right are mandolin player Satoshi Hoshikawa (obscured), fiddler Yuuko Wakabayashi, bassist Tomonari Hiraizumi, banjo player Tatsuya Kuwahara and guitarist and vocalist Mitsutaka Sometaya. Naomi Gingold hide caption

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Meet The Musicians Behind Japan's Vibrant Bluegrass Scene

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"If people are saying, 'This is fresh,' I'm like, 'Well, it shouldn't be.' [Laughs.] I would've killed to hear this," Yola Carter says. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01Fly Away

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    Fly Away
    Album
    Orphan Offering
    Artist
    Yola Carter
    Label
    Ear Trumpet Music
    Released
    2016

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The Steel Wheels, performing in their hometown of Harrisonburg, Va. for Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage hide caption

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The Steel Wheels On Mountain Stage

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Valerie June's new album, The Order Of Time, comes out Jan. 27, 2017. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs We Love: Valerie June, 'Astral Plane'

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Rhiannon Giddens performs live at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va. Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage hide caption

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Rhiannon Giddens On Mountain Stage

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William Tyler's latest album is called Modern Country. Angelina Castillo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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William Tyler On World Cafe

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Michael Chapman's new album, 50, was produced by Steve Gunn (left). Nathan Bowles (second from right) and Jimy SeiTang (right) also play on the album. Constance Mensh/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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01That Time Of Night

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    That Time Of Night
    Album
    50
    Artist
    Michael Chapman
    Label
    Paradise of Bachelors
    Released
    2017

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Leftover Salmon performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

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Leftover Salmon On Mountain Stage

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