PRESENTED BY DR SAX
PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEI TOOTLE
EDITED AND DIRECTED BY THE SPREZZ
If American old-time music is about taking earlier, simpler ways of life and music-making as one's model, Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition. She—a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player—is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. She pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before. To put it another way, she changes what seems possible.
Profiled in Newsweek (2008) for creating a "gorgeous, joyful new sound," Abigail takes her bold and expansive musical vision to new heights on her third recording, City of Refuge. Raw, ethereal and at times lushly orchestrated, the album melds the forces of renowned producer Tucker Martine (the Decemberists, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens) with Washburn's classic songwriting and old-time storytelling aesthetic.
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