Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
  • Railroad
  • Ride To You
  • What'cha Gonna Do
  • Little Birdie
  • New South Africa
  • Pretty Polly
  • Shotgun Blues
  • For Children: No. 3 Quasi adagio, No 10 Allegro Molto - Children’s Dance
  • And Am I Born To Die
  • What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
  • Banjo Banjo
  • Bye Bye Baby Blues
  • Railroad
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:40) [8.4 MB]
  • Ride To You
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:20) [9.92 MB]
  • What'cha Gonna Do
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:51) [8.8 MB]
  • Little Birdie
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:24) [10.06 MB]
  • New South Africa
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:39) [10.65 MB]
  • Pretty Polly
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:48) [8.69 MB]
  • Shotgun Blues
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:21) [7.66 MB]
  • For Children: No. 3 Quasi adagio, No 10 Allegro Molto - Children’s Dance
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (02:19) [5.3 MB]
  • And Am I Born To Die
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:05) [9.33 MB]
  • What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:38) [10.62 MB]
  • Banjo Banjo
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:54) [8.92 MB]
  • Bye Bye Baby Blues
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:28) [7.93 MB]
For more information contact Ashley Moyer with Rounder Records:

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Collaborate on Debut Album

October 7th / Rounder Records

US Tour Dates Confirmed

New Song “Railroad” Premieres at Paste:

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the unofficial First Family of the Banjo” (NPR), will release their eponymous debut album October 7th on Rounder Records. Béla Fleck & 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.

Both widely credited for revitalizing and revolutionizing the banjo, Fleck and Washburn decided they were ready to collaborate. “We didn’t want any other instruments on there, because we’re into this idea that we’re banjo players, and that should be enough,” says Béla. “Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the ability of the banjo to show all its colors, which are actually quite beautiful.”

The opening song “Railroad,” Abigail’s favorite as a little girl, was something her mother would sing to her. “Béla heard me singing this trippy version to Juno and said ‘you’re on to something there,’” says Washburn. The duo learned “Pretty Polly” from the recordings of another husband and wife team in music, EC and Orna Ball. The Victorian murder ballad is answer by Washburn’s heavy, driving “Shotgun Blues,” played on the cello banjo. She adds, “In almost all murder ballads in Appalachian music, it’s the woman that dies at the hands of some nasty misguided male. I take the reins in this song and seek retribution for all the ladies.”

In 2012, after attending Doc Watson’s funeral, Abigail began performing “And Am I Born to Die,” a sacred harp piece recorded by Watson. “Doc is one of the main reasons I play the banjo and sing American old-time music,” says Washburn.

A fifteen-time Grammy winner, Béla has devoted time away from his genre-busting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing a concerto for the Nashville Symphony to exploring the banjo’s African roots to jazz duos with Chick Corea, while Washburn has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums, done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force and become quite a live draw in her own right.

“I’m a big fan of Abby’s playing,” adds Fleck. “I do a lot of heady music. When I play with Abby, there’s an opportunity for me to make music that hits you in a different place emotionally. That’s one of her gifts, is a pure connection to the listener, taking simpler ideas and imbuing them with a lot of personality and a point of view.”

“I come from the old-time world,” says Abigail, “which is more about communally trancing-out on old fiddle and banjo tunes. It has very little to do with soloing or anything technical or virtuosic. So for me to try to learn Béla’s music has been a big challenge, but a wonderful one. Although I'm a very different type of player, I feel very lucky that he’s a musical mentor to me. It’s a beautiful part of our connection.”

Track list:


“Ride to You”

“What’cha Gonna Do”

“Little Birdie”

“New South Africa”

“Pretty Polly”

“Shotgun Blues”

“For Children: No. 3 Quasi adagio, No 10 Allegro Molto - Children’s Dance”

“And Am I Born to Die”

“What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?”

“Banjo Banjo”

“Bye Bye Baby Blues”

Catch Béla and Abigail on tour in 2014 and 2015:

9/17/14 Derry, NH Stockbridge Theater

9/18/14 Brownfield, ME The Stone Mountain Arts Center

9/20/14 Plymouth, NH The Flying Monkey

9/21/14 North Adams, MA FreshGrass

10/3/14 Raleigh, NC Wide Open Bluegrass

10/5/14 San Francisco, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

10/12/14 Charleston, SC Southern Ground Music Festival

10/17/14 Mobile, AL Saenger Theatre

10/18/14 Live Oak, FL Magnolia Festival

10/19/14 Black Mountain, NC Lake Eden Arts Festival

10/22/14 Markham, ONT Flato Markham Theatre

10/23/14 Rutland, VT Paramount Theatre

10/24/14 Troy, NY Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

10/25/14 Frederick, MD Weinberg Center for the Arts

10/28/14 Kutztown, PA Schaeffer Auditorium

10/29/14 New York, NY Symphony Space

10/30/14 Cambridge, MA Sanders Theatre

10/31/14 Washington, DC Lisner Auditorium (w/ Del McCoury & David


11/1/14 Porland, ME Merrill Auditorium (w/ Del McCoury Band)

11/8/14 Nashville, TN TBA

11/28-29/14 San Francisco, CA SF Jazz Center Miner Auditorium

1/16/15 Steamboat Springs, CO Strings Music Festival

1/17/15 Grand Junction, CO Avalon Theatre

1/19/15 Beaver Creek, CO Vilar Performing Arts Center

1/20/15 Durango, CO Community Concert Hall

2/20/15 Springfield, IL Sangamon Auditorium

2/21/15 Naperville, IL Wentz Concert Hall

2/22/15 Green Bay, WI Weidner Center

4/11/15 Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Lecture Hall

4/12/15 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Performing Arts Center / /

@belafleckbanjo / @abigailwashburn

Contact: Carla Parisi at Kid Logic Media,

Regina Joskow at Rounder Records,

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