It's not a stretch to call U.K. singer-songwriter Frank Turner a folksinger, especially when he performs solo with an acoustic guitar. But he's also a rocker, a punk and a storyteller. Hear Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have spent the last decade or so singing sweetly, rowdily anthemic folk-country music together, most recently under the name Shovels & Rope. Hear them perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Having marinated in country music his whole life, the son of Steve Earle has increasingly broadened his roots-country sound. In a relatively short career, he's already released five albums, including last year's Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. Hear Justin Townes Earle perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Half Simon & Garfunkel and half Smothers Brothers, Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale's melancholic harmonies intertwine beautifully, while their playful, deadpan banter is worth the price of admission on its own.
The New Orleans band exists as a vehicle for the powerhouse songs of singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, whose gigantic voice conveys the grit of bluesy soul while still fitting within the realms of rootsy folk and country. Hear Hurray for the Riff Raff perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
The Seattle septet Hey Marseilles makes some of the most good-natured chamber-pop music around, and just released its second album, Lines We Trace. Hear the band perform songs from that record — and its gorgeous 2008 debut, To Travels and Trunks.
Raised in Alabama and based in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck makes moody, searching, raggedly pretty music. But there's also a wise, homesick weariness to Houck's voice that transcends time and place. Hear Phosphorescent perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.