Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Pickin' Women - part 1

"Abigail Washburn never set out to be a songwriter or a recording artist. So when she found herself on stage in a smoke filled Beijing club playing her banjo and singing old time Appalachian mountain music in Chinese to a packed house, she was as surprised as anyone." - from her myspace page

A trip to China while in her freshman year at Colorado College got her interested in Asian Studies. Upon her return home to the U.S., she became interested in the roots and traditions of American culture, particularly those of the Appalachians. Her cd, Song of the Traveling Daughter is a unique blend of East meets West. Co-produced by Reid Scelza and Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn sings and plays clawhammer banjo backed by Ben Sollee on cello, guitarist Jordan McConnell (of The Duhks), upright bass player Amanda Kowalski, fiddler Casey Driessen, percussionist Ryan Hoyle (of Collective Soul), keyboard and accordion player Tim Lauer, along with Bela Fleck's national steel guitar and banjo. Although the songs are traditional Appalachian in sound, she sings a couple of the songs in Chinese.

Abigail Washburn - Sometimes


Blogger moondance said...

Bela Fleck, a Collective Soul member, and Appalachian songs in Chinese. How can you go wrong with a combination like that? Hmm. I'm usually into just straight-ahead bluegrass, but I think I'd like to hear this.

Bass Notes

January 19, 2006 12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have to agree with moondance I think I would like
to hear some Chinese bluegrass


January 19, 2006 7:44 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

"Song of the Travelling Daughter" is an extremely eclectic collection, both in personnel and tunes. Hauntingly beautiful and very satisfying. Much more than just a novelty.

January 19, 2006 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

Oh hell, there goes the rent money. These ladies are great; I foresee a couple of CD purchases in my future. Particularly fond of Becky Schlegel's crisp sound.

January 19, 2006 8:56 AM  
Anonymous nap said...

I stand with MOONDANCE, I'd like to listen to that mixture, if not for the voice alone.

January 19, 2006 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed here we go I have got to go to Houston for a few months. Now what can you do to get me their.
Now remember all of the riders have to enjoy it to.
I will still be able to get on board every day with the help of my trusty laptop in hand.

January 19, 2006 3:18 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Joey - We'll try to keep you entertained.

January 20, 2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger Mary Z. Cox/A Secret Life of Banjo said...

Like your webpage and like your blue bus
Best wishes,
Mary Z. Cox

January 22, 2006 2:21 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Welcome Mary! Thank you for the kind words. Feel free to stop by anytime, we'll save you a seat.

January 22, 2006 6:34 PM  

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