Latest Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Articles
Béla Fleck added tour dates with his various projects for the first five months of 2020.
Listen to “Come All You Coal Miners / Take Me To Harlan,” the latest single from Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s sophomore album.
Banjo pickers Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn return to the road together later this year and unveiled a new video.
Watch banjo pickers Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn deliver a four-song set for NPR Music’s ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ video series.
Watch Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn detail the differences between clawhammer and three-finger banjo picking styles.
Check out photographer Ian Rawn’s gallery from Thursday night’s Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.
About Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn present their eponymous debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is an album like no other. The record reveals their astounding chemistry as collaborators, as the two seamlessly stitch together singular banjo sounds (through an assortment of seven banjos spanning the recording) in service to the stories that their songs tell, with no studio gimmickry needed. According to Béla, ‘finding a way to make every song have its own unique stamp, yet the whole project having a big cohesive sound with only two people,’ was at the core of their joint vision. Demonstrating seemingly unlimited rhythmic, tonal and melodic capabilities, Fleck and Washburn confirm the banjo’s versatility as the perfect backdrop to the rich lyrical component that Fleck and Washburn offer, ‘Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the banjo’s being able to show all its colors, which are actually quite beautiful.’ Thanks to this album, the musicians’ palette has never been more vivid or pure.
David Crosby discusses his relationships with Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills as part of his conversation with Steve Silberman featured on the latest episode of Osiris’ ‘Freak Flag Flying’ podcast.
Bassist Oteil Burbridge revealed the lineups and dates for an upcoming Oteil & Friends tour.
Rage Against The Machine headlines the Firefly Music Festival 2020 lineup.
Rage Against The Machine and others have joined the Boston Calling 2020 lineup.
Widespread Panic closed out Panic En La Playa Nueve on Monday night with help from Ivan Neville, Nicki Bluhm and other guests.