February 5, 2011

From Kentucky to Shanghai with Abigail Washburn

Abigail Washburn has a lovely, lilting, strong voice, and her music is a fascinating blend of bluegrass, woven with old threads of 1930s Americana and traditional songs, then globally spiced with Chinese melodies and Chinese language. On this recent NPR concert she talks about her local to global musical connections, the influence of Doc Watson on her playing, and other connections to Appalachian culture and music. Her new album City of Refuge came out in January. (Note: Yes, she did marry Bela Fleck last year and yes, Ben Sollee is a member of her Sparrow Quartet).

And, for all you Ashevillians out there, here's the latest from her Twitter feed: "Asheville! Thank you for the Early Girl Eatery. Thank you for the Grey Eagle. See u tonight! 8pm... Special guests revealing themselves."

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