2012: Abigail Washburn

Singing, songwriting, Nashville-based clawhammer banjoist Abigail Washburn is "a daring, definite talent" (Wall Street Journal) who's every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. From chinese folk songs to old-time sensation Uncle Earl to her own Sparrow Quartet (which featured 10-time Grammy winning banjoist Bela Fleck), Abigail pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before- -The New York Times

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