The Roots Music Report's
Top Alternative Folk Album Chart
for the Year of 2020

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Asterisk the Universe
by: John Craigie

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Label: Thirty Tigers
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Brother Sister
by: Watkins Family Hour

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Label: Family Hour
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...but I'd Rather Be with You
by: Molly Tuttle

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Label: Compass
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Bonny Light Horseman
by: Bonny Light Horseman

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Label: 37d03d
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Who Cares
by: David G Smith

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Label: Hey Dave
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No Cactus
by: Jackdaw

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Label: Cutthroat
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Mondegreens
by: Rachel Garlin

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Label: Self-Release
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Matamoros
by: James Kahn

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Label: Words and Music
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Songs of Our Native Daughters
by: Our Native Daughters

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Label: Smithsonian Folkways
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A Dark Murmuration of Words
by: Emily Barker

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Label: Thirty Tigers
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Eiderdown
by: Gordon Thomas Ward

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Label: Trespass Music
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Friend of the Sky
by: Cej

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Label: Gnosong
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The Ocean Wide
by: Sussex

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Label: Lucky Bear
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Without Susie
by: James Lee Stanley

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Label: Beachwood
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How to Break a Fall
by: Maya De Vitry

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Label: Mad Maker Studio
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Hoosier National
by: Otis Gibbs

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Label: Self-Release
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Chasing the Sun
by: Bobtown

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Label: Self-Release
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Going to the Well
by: Linda McRae

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Label: 42RPM
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And Laurie Lewis
by: Laurie Lewis

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Label: Spruce And Maple
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The Light We Bring
by: Trout Steak Revival

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Label: Tsrecords
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A Shiver in the Sky
by: The John Byrne Band

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Label: Ri-Ra
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Circles
by: Jeremy Garrett

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Label: Organic
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Cabin Fever: Songs from the Quarantine
by: John McCutcheon

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Label: Appalsongs
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Honest
by: Ordinary Elephant

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Label: Self-Release
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Mortal Flames
by: John Dennis

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Label: Self-Release
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Every Kingdom
by: Ben Howard

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Label: Universal
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Speed, Sound, Lonely KV
by: Kurt Vile

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Label: Matador
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This Little Town
by: The W Lovers

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Label: Self-Release
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More Than I Should
by: Duff Ferguson

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Label: Self-Release
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Old Future
by: Norma MacDonald

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Label: Noyes
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Bird in a Cage
by: Patty Larkin

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Label: Road Narrows
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Shore
by: Fleet Foxes

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Label: Anti
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Sage
by: Michelle Qureshi

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Label: Self-Release
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Greening the Dark
by: Debra Cowan

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Label: Muzzy House Music
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Wonderland
by: Martha Renaud

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Label: Self-Release
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Die Happy
by: Them Coulee Boys

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Label: LoHi
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Browse Line
by: Kris and Dee

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Label: Self-Release
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Bad Wife
by: Grant Peeples

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Pictures of Us
by: Braden Gates

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Label: Borealis
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Happy Hour on the Floor
by: Parsonsfield

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Label: Signature Sounds
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Shadow of the Cyclone
by: Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt

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Label: Trespass Music
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Unlovely
by: The Ballroom Thieves

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Label: Nettwerk
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Pseudonymous
by: WhiteWater Ramble

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Label: Self-Release
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Eno Axis
by: H.C. McEntire

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Label: Merge
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Sermon on the Rocks
by: Josh Ritter

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Label: Pytheas
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Another Burn on the Astroturf
by: Bart Budwig

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Label: Fluff & Gravy
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Little Bones
by: Irish Mythen

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Label: Self-Release
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The Greatest Part
by: Becca Mancari

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Label: Captured Tracks
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Empathy and Comedy
by: Jay Brown

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Label: Self-Release
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Transmigration Blues
by: The Dead Tongues

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Label: Psychic Hotline
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In and Through the Body
by: Trevor Hall

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Label: 3 Rivers
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Hooptie
by: Derek Bodkin

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Label: Self-Release
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Unfollow the Rules
by: Rufus Wainwright

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Label: BMG
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I'd Rather Lead a Band
by: Loudon Wainwright III

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Label: Search Party
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En Masse
by: Mike Edel

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Label: Pennant
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Old Ghosts and Lost Causes
by: Helene Cronin

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Label: Self-Release
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Shades of Blue
by: Lynne Taylor

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Here & Now
by: Distant Cousins

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Label: Jullian
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A Place Beyond Belief
by: SLPSTRM

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Label: 941048 Records DK
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Whoa!
by: Strung Like a Horse

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Label: Transoceanic
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Luminous Darkness
by: Parker Gray

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Label: Gallway Bay
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Wrestling with the Mystery
by: Nick Nace

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Label: Self-Release
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Petals
by: Elephant Revival

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Label: Itz Evolving
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John 20:20
by: Reid Jamieson

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Terms of Surrender
by: Hiss Golden Messenger

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Label: Merge
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Scatter the Light
by: Eileen Ivers

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Label: Musical Bridge
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Lucky Enough
by: Reed Foehl

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Label: Green Mountain
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Now I'm Free
by: Bill Scorzari

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Label: Self-Release
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Last Surviving Son
by: David Gelman

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Hallelujah Anyhow
by: Hiss Golden Messenger

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Label: Merge
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First Love
by: David G Smith

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Label: Hey Dave
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Any Kind of Weather
by: The River Arkansas

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Label: Mike Clark
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Low Flyin' Planes
by: Adam Klein

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Label: Broken Hill Songs
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No Rain, No Rose
by: John Craigie

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Label: Zabriskie Point
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More Than a Little
by: Adrian + Meredith

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Label: Self-Release
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Together
by: Cary Morin

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Label: Self-Release
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Mother Lion
by: May Erlewine

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Label: Earthwork Music
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Get Some
by: The 14Ers

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Label: 14ers Music
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Between the Tracks
by: Steve Eulberg

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Label: Owl Mountain
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Flight
by: Coty Hogue

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Label: Self-Release
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Binary
by: Ani DiFranco

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Label: Righteous Babe
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Kindred Lines
by: T Sisters

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Label: Spruce And Maple
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Cautionary Tale
by: Dylan LeBlanc

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Label: Thirty Tigers
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84
The Story Behind the Story
by: Mark Stepakoff

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Blackbirds
by: Gretchen Peters

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Label: Scarlet Letter Records
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Pieces of You
by: Jewel

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Label: Atlantic
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Tempest and Rapture
by: The Deer

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Label: Owl Bum
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I Dreamed an Island
by: Piers Faccini

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Label: Six Degrees
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I Need to Start a Garden
by: Haley Heynderickx

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Label: Mama Bird
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Roll on
by: Ernie Hendrickson

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Label: Lo Hi
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Winter is for Lovers
by: Ben Harper

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Label: Anti
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Leave No Bridge Unburned
by: Whitehorse

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Label: Six Shooter
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Create Your Own Mythology
by: Kristin Diable

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Label: Speakeasy Records
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Building a Human Being
by: Dana Cooper

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Label: Self Release
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Rust
by: Christopher Bell

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Traveling Circus
by: No Fuss and Feathers

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Label: Roadshow Records
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All Night Drive
by: WhiteWater Ramble

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Heart Like a Levee
by: Hiss Golden Messenger

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Label: Merge Records
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Magic Music
by: Magic Music

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Label: Bright Sun
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Big Things and Little Things
by: Truckstop Honeymoon

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Label: Squirrel
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Ms. Behave
by: Rosie & The Riveters

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Sweet Creature
by: Sophie Buskin

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