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Appalachian Road Show's new album is fittingly called Tribulation. Banjoist Barry Abernathy and fiddler Jim VanCleve spoke to NPR about playing traditional songs of hardship during a modern crisis. Micah Schweinsberg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Appalachian Road Show's New Album Confronts 'Tribulations' Past And Present

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Inspired by a Maya Angelou book, Laura Marling's new album Song For Our Daughter is about a generation of younger women and "the idea of a maternal lineage," she says. Justin Tyler Close/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Laura Marling On Maya Angelou And Arming A Younger Generation Of Women

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Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei are masters of Appalachian and Chinese folk music, respectively. On their self-titled debut album they combine traditional songs from across the U.S. and China. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chinese Folk Music Meets Appalachian Tradition On 'Wu Fei And Abigail Washburn'

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"In the Mountains" from Sarah Siskind's self-produced upcoming album Modern Appalachia, depicts the pastoral pull in a way that's less wistful than bracing. Brian Boskind/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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