Caption: Banjo greats Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform songs for their new album.
Banjo greats Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform songs for their new album. 

WoodSongs 782: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

From: WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Series: WoodSongs
Length: 59:02

On this week's WoodSongs broadcast, folksinger Michael Johnathon welcomes banjo masters Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

Ws772_bela_and_abigail_small BELA 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, 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. 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. 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.

Piece Description

BELA 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, 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. 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. 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.

Broadcast History

Aired worldwide on the 500+ radio stations of the WoodSongs affiliate family plus the American Forces Radio Network.

Timing and Cues

TRT: 59:00
Floating midbreak for local

Additional Files

  • Music Playlist for WS782 (782.doc)

Additional Credits

Executive Producer and host: Michael Johnathon
Chief audio engineer: Jerome Gallt

Related Website

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