Abigail Washburn is a singer, songwriter and banjo player. She was born on November 10 th , 1979 at Evanston, Illinois and was raised in Washington D.C. At first Washburn had the aim of becoming a lawyer, but when she came to Nashville, Tennessee, she got to meet KC Groves, with whom she joined efforts to create the female band "Uncle Earl". The rest of the five years of her life were spent touring with the band. You can get your Abigail Washburn tickets from our site now!
often plays solo but also appears at times with the bands "Sparrow Quartet" and ‘Uncle Earl’. Her debut album was in collaboration with Uncle Earl. The album was released in 2005 by the name "She Waits for the Night". Her second album "Waterloo, TN" was released two years later. The album was produced by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. For the first time in her life, Washburn took her songwriting seriously when she won second place at MerleFest songwriting contest. After that Washburn decided to go solo. She started working on her solo album in collaboration with "Network Records".
got inspired by traditional banjo folk music when she saw Doc Watson playing Shady Grove . This inspiration led to the making of her debut album "Song of the Traveling Daughter" which is a compilation of simple songs written and sung by Washburn. The songs have banjo in the background, played by her too. The album was made in co-production with Bela Fleck and Reid Scelza. The album features the cellist named Ben Sollee, and on the guitars Jordan McConnell. McConnell is the guitarist of the famous band of soul music "The Duhks". The album included two songs in Chinese, which Washburn had learnt during the time she lived in China. The album was supposed to bridge the differences and distances between Asia and West.
, together with Sollee, McConnel and Cassey Driessen , all fiddle players nominated for Grammy , formed a band by the name ‘Sparrow Quartet’ and released the first EP named, "Abigail Washburn The Sparrow Quartet". Its full length album was released in 2008 by the same name, which was produced by Sollee with composition and arrangements by all the other band members. With that album, the band toured across North America. During their tour they made stops at various national festivals such as "Vancouver Folk Festival", "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage", "Bonnaroo Music Festival" and "MerleFest".
appeared at Beijing Olympics in summer of 2008 with Sparrow Quartet. The band was featured at "Nat Geo Live". Washburn joined "Shanghai Restoration Project" with David Liang after getting inspired by the volunteer project of "Sichaun Quake Relief". She released "Afterquake" in 2009, an EP for the cause of relief fund. The album features the sounds of the children from the Sichuan, China. In 2009, Sparrow Quartet was request by the American government to visit Tibet, which they did. No band in the past has ever toured to Tibet before. In solo performance, Washburn performed at "World Expo in Shanghai".
started working on her next album in 2010 named "City of Refuge" and it is a mixture of indie-pop and old-time music. The album was released in January of 2011 and is a production of Tucker Martine , in collaboration with Kai Welch . Washburn had a determination of permanently shifting to China and living there, but she changed her mind and instead often travels to China and lives there whenever she can. Washburn is not only famous among Chinese and Americans but also among British. She is compared to the likes of Led Zeppelin and Richard Thompson. Washburn is also famous around the world for her soulful live performances and her sweet voice. If you wish to attend her concert, get your Abigail Washburn tickets
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