January 4, 2011

Abigail Washburn: Tiny Desk Concert (Bob Boilen, 1/02/11, NPR: Tiny Desk Concert)

Abigail Washburn's music career, now 10 years old, had an unlikely start. Washburn had plans to study law at Beijing University in China. She'd also recently bought a banjo — she wanted to take something to China that was American — and she'd fallen in love with the music of the legendary Doc Watson, in particular his banjo playing in the classic folk tune "Shady Grove."


So Washburn decided to embark on a road trip to study the banjo, and to learn tunes. [...]

Here, Washburn is accompanied by bandmates Rob Hecht on fiddle, Jared Engel on bass, Jamie Dick on drums and Kai Welch on keyboards and trumpet. The short, lovely set includes songs from Washburn's new record, City of Refuge.




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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2011 6:10 AM
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