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.
"During my Freshman year at Colorado College, I joined a summer program
trip to China," Washburn recalled. "It had a profound effect on me.
I discovered a Chinese culture that was so deep and ancient; it changed my perspective
on America." On her return to the...