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Ever since the first National Folk Festival was held here in 1934, St. Louis has served as an ambassador for the eclectic mix of music called folk. So it's fitting that KDHX, the Sheldon and St. Louis serve as the host for the Folk & Roots Festival, now in its third year.

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When she was 16, Sarah Jarosz came into the acoustic-music scene seemingly fully formed. She has continued to demand and hold our attention ever since.

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Putting a contemporary, jazzy spin on the driving bluegrass sound, Blue Canyon Boys will appeal to fans of dyed-in-the-wool old-time country and lovers of acoustic music in general. The honky-tonkin' "Heartaches Welcome" is the Colorado band at its pickin' and harmonizin' best.

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Eight bands from St. Louis paid tribute to one of the grand masters of songwriting on Saturday night at Off Broadway. And they all did Leonard Cohen's poetry proud.

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Monday, 22 September 2014 08:28

Song of the Day: 'Chilly Winds' by Old Buck

There's nothing quite like a driving, wailing, sawing, old-time fiddle track. Old Buck, featuring Riley Baugus on banjo and vocals and Emily Schaad on fiddle, delivers just that on the classic tune "Chilly Winds."

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Sunday, 21 September 2014 11:00

Laura Cantrell 9/21/14

Despite operating out of New York City, Laura Cantrell shows that her singer/songwriter roots are firmly planted in the sounds of her native Nashville.

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The Thin Dimes brought their high-energy, foot-stomping folk, blues and Americana repertoire to Saturday's edition of Harvest Sessions at Tower Grove Farmer's Market.

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Friday, 19 September 2014 06:00

Song of the Day: 'Golden Road' by Betse Ellis

Among up-and-coming old-time and Americana artists, Betse Ellis is surely one of the most versatile. A deft songwriter, accomplished fiddler and a moving singer, Ellis draws on influences ranging from John Hartford to the Clash. "Golden Road," from her 2013 album "High Moon Order," finds the Kansas City-based musician in a reflective, lush, pedal steel-dappled mood.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014 11:00

Jonah Tolchin 9/18/14

Jonah Tolchin plays the blues with a pleasantly haunting and unforced grace, carrying listeners into a comfortable familiar place. His music is the kind that has a familiar feel but only comes from one source.

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Austin-based Americana-pop band the Belle Sounds, led by founders Noëlle Hampton and André Moran, enlisted producer Neilson Hubbard for the finely textured sound of its new EP "Black Stone" and the seductive title track.

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