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.