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Sam Doores and Riley Downing could've gone the troubadour route, singing solitary songs and traveling alone, unencumbered. The two singer-songwriters met at Woodyfest, after all, the annual celebration of Woody Guthrie. Doores had already taken to heart Guthrie's self-mythologizing in Bound For Glory and tried to retrace some of his hero's nomadic, train-hopping steps. But Downing and Doores, along with Cameron Snyder, Dan Cutler and John James Tourville, would rather do their rambling collectively, as The Deslondes.

New West Receives 3 Americana Honors and Awards Nominations

Abi Tapia of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Joey Ryan & Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids, Nikki Lane, Jed Hilly of the Americana Music Association, Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck, and John Hiatt
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2015 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Nominees Announced
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Rolling Stone Country Premieres The One That Got Away

Sweeping, throwback ballad paves the way for new album, 'If I've Only One Time Askin"

It's a Monday morning in southern Ontario, and Daniel Romano doesn't feel like talking. 

"I don't remember anything about writing that song," he says of "The One That Got Away (Came Back Today)," a throwback country ballad thick with Spanish horns and strings.  "I couldn't even guess. It's just another song with 50 percent of the title in parentheses."

Steve Earle And The Dukes On World Cafe

Steve Earle is back on World Cafe, and he has the blues. His new album — titledTerraplane, named for a Robert Johnson song — draws from the genre both musically and lyrically.

Earle is going through a divorce, his seventh, after an eight-year marriage to singer Allison Moorer. But even with that backdrop, these blues songs aren't downers. As Earle says here, Terraplane couldn't have happened without his current cast of backing players in The Dukes, who take it to the crossroads in this session.