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Bob Dylan is one of the artists featured in Tom Piazza's collection of essays, "Devil Sent the Rain." Piazza says Dylan's way of pushing boundaries "is a very American thing." Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Dealing With Hard Times The American Way: In Song

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Joe Pug on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Joe Pug On Mountain Stage

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Crooked Still On Mountain Stage

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The Harrow and the Harvest, Gillian Welch's new album with David Rawlings, is the duo's first since 2003's Soul Journey. Mark Seliger/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gillian Welch And David Rawlings Beat Back Writer's Block

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Amanda Shires: Tiny Desk Concert

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William Elliott Whitmore is this week's 'World Cafe: Next' artist. David Black/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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William Elliott Whitmore On 'World Cafe: Next'

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The Head & The Heart, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2011

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Justin Townes Earle performs at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Justin Townes Earle: Newport Folk 2011

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Brown Bird performs at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Brown Bird: Newport Folk 2011

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Secret Sisters' Laura and Lydia Rogers perform at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Secret Sisters: Newport Folk 2011

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Carolina Chocolate Drops performs at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Carolina Chocolate Drops: Newport Folk 2011

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