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Tunes for a Monday Morning

This week, singer-songwriters from four countries, all influenced (in different ways) by American roots music....

Above, First Aid Kit performing their lovely tribute song, "Emmylou," at The Workman's Club in Dublin, Ireland. First Aid Kit is Johanna and Klara Söderberg, two songwriting sisters from Stockholm, Sweden.

Below, English singer-songwriter Laura Marling performing her gorgeous song "Rambling Man," at The Great Wide Open Festival in the Netherlands.

In the next video, the veteran American folk singer Lucy Kaplansky performs her poignant song "Ten Year Night" at a House Concert in Boulder, Colorado. Kaplansky grew up in Chicago, but she's been part of the Village folk scene in New York City since the late Seventies.

This song always takes me back to Arizona road trips with Howard, crossing the vast desert landscape in an old green pick-up truck, Kaplansky's Ten Year Night album playing softly on the tape deck....

Next: Two songs from the great Joan Osborne, performed for a Seattle radio station: "Work on Me" (by Osborne and Jack Petruzzelli) and "Where It's At" (by Sam Cook). She's backed up here by Keith Cotton and The Holmes Brothers.

Osborne grew up in Kentucky, and is now based, like Kaplansky, in New York.

And last:

South-African singer-songwriter Laurie Levine, recording "Time Loving You" for her fine new album, Border Crossing. (I've played Levine's music here before, but if you're unfamiliar with it, be sure to check out her terrific cover of Johnny & June Carter Cash's "Ring of Fire.")