Saturday, August 23, 2014
Abigail Washburn (Bluegrass/Folk/Indie)
Abigail Washburn performs music from her recent album City of Refuge at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, TN. If American old-time music is about taking earlier, simpler ways of life and music making as one's model, Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition. She-a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based claw hammer banjo player-is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. She pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before. To put it another way, she changes what seems possible.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Abigail Washburn with Bela Fleck (Bluegrass/Folk/Indie)
Fleck is the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998. Bela Flecks' total Grammy count is 11 Grammys won, and 27 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history. Widely acknowledged as one of the world's most innovative and technically proficient banjo players, Bela Fleck is best known for his work with the bands New Grass Revival and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. In 2005, Fleck undertook several new projects including coproducing Song of the Traveling Daughter, the debut album by Abigail Washburn (a young banjo player who mixes bluegrass and Chinese music); forming the acoustic fusion supergroup Trio! with fellows Jean-Luc Ponty and Stanley Clarke, and recording an album as a member of the Sparrow Quartet (along with Abigail Washburn, Ben Sollee, and Casey Driessen).