Abigail Washburn | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Abigail Washburn 

When: Thu., Jan. 13, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $20
Most clawhammer banjoists wouldn't dare make a popular dent, but then most banjo pickers haven't toured with Bela Fleck, been produced by John Paul Jones, and gone from here to China singing a peculiar brand of Mandarin-Americana chamber folk. So, no, Abigail Washburn isn't your typical banjo-playing gal. Her newest solo record, City of Refuge, makes that distinction even more pronounced. In lieu of the Chinese and American traditional arrangements that marked her last solo effort (Song of the Traveling Daughter) or her more orchestrated work with the Sparrow Quartet, she and a collaborative crew tend toward a more indie-folk soundscape. "I wrote a batch of songs that I feel like are really serviced beautifully by simple arrangements and lots of thoughtful layers," Washburn said last spring. "I've been very much rooted in traditional American music, a bit in Chinese music, and really started to push at the boundaries with the Sparrow Quartet. This project really pushes it into a new place ... Which," she adds, laughing, "I never expected." —Ashley Melzer

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