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The Duhks
"Beyond the Blue"
Compass Records

When the Duhks first came on the scene in 2001 they were, right off the mark, as challenging as they were entertaining, and as infectious as they were affecting.

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Noam Pikelny
"Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe"
Compass Records

I'm just going to come right out and say it: I love everything about this album. The only way to make it any better would be to have it autographed.

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Claire Lynch
"Dear Sister"

The Gibson Brothers
"They Called It Music"
Compass Records

It's a truism that musicians don't make the best business people, and there are examples galore to prove it, from the very heights of the industry on down.

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Peter Rowan
"The Old School"
Compass Records

At times, Peter Rowan seems like the Zelig of roots music, that is, like the person in Woody Allen's film of the same name who becomes whoever he is standing next to. In the course of his long career, Rowan has been a bluegrass boy, a new-age Buddhist mystic and truly everything in between.

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Heidi Talbot
"Angels Without Wings"
Compass Records

Here's how every review of Heidi Talbot opens: Talbot is from County Kildare, Ireland, and famously was a member of the Irish-American all-female supergroup Cherish the Ladies.

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Noam Pikelny
"Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail"
Compass

In "Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail," his latest solo release, Noam Pikelny has created a moving, playful collection that features so much top-flight playing it can make your head spin.

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Bearfoot
"American Story"
Compass

Bearfoot has gone through changes along the way, though the lineup on its latest release is the greatest departure from the original set.

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Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…