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Interview and Photos by Scott Preston
Abigail Washburn never set out to be a songwriter or a recording artist. Five years ago 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. “A daring, definite talent, whose feel for the folk idiom results in moving material. Soulful is the word,” hailed the Wall Street Journal in 2005, during that same tour of China. “On stage, her voice resonated with the power of a seasoned performer and her poetic hill tunes sounded all the more evocative in Chinese.”
As an “artist who best embodies the notion of Americana as a worldwide musical language” (The Tennessean), Abigail has created a new sound – a sound that challenges traditional notions of country and culture, embodied in the raw, transcendental music of the Sparrow Quartet. The all-star collaboration featuring Bela Fleck, acclaimed cellist Ben Sollee and Grammy-nominated fiddler, Casey Driessen will unveil Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet in May 2008 (Nettwerk).
Cincy Groove: Did you have a good time at Fall hookahville a few weeks ago?
Abigail Washburn: That was a really fun show, although we were kind of nervous when we showed up. It was early in the day, it was really hot and we didn’t see anyone. But once we started playing a lot of really thoughtful people started coming down and were taking in what we were doing. It ended up being really awesome for us.
Cincy Groove: I understand you speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. How long did it take you to learn?
Abigail Washburn: It took me about 8 years to be comfortable speaking the language. In the beginning when you are learning something the curve is pretty huge. You put a lot into it, but you also get a lot of out it. You go from being able to say nothing to saying something and expressing your needs. Then you get to a point where you are pretty conversational, which took me about 8 years. Now I’m 12 years in and I have kind of plateaued out and I’m kind of looking for that next mountain range to climb. Read more
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