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Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson in the 1960s. John Cohen/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Doc Watson, Folk Music Icon, Dies At 89

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The Denver folk ensemble The Lumineers has released its self-titled debut album. From left: Wes Schultz, Neyla Pekarek and Jeremiah Fraites. Hayley Young/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Lumineers: Chasing Big Dreams Out West

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A heavy hymn, "Rain in the Valley" is sparse and dense at once, carried by The Steel Wheels' four interlocking voices. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Rain in the Valley' by The Steel Wheels

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Take-no-bull folksinger Ani DiFranco showcases her soft, romantic side in the elegant ballad "Hearse." /Shervin Lainez hide caption

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Which Side Are You On?

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