Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn played with each other so much and made such beautiful music together they had a baby. (OK, that’s a cheap shot, but true.) Shortly after, they added a collaborative album, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Rounder), to their growing family, and this week brought home yet another welcome addition to the expanding household, the Grammy for Best Folk Album.
Fleck, known for his innovative style and longtime collaborations with jazz pianist Chick Corea and Drumitar inventor Roy Wooten (aka Futureman), went downhome with his wife, celebrated banjoist and singer, choosing to play almost traditional music and-not entirely surprisingly-win awards for it.
After the album release and before the win, the couple laid down an EP (also on Rounder), and released it on vinyl. Fleck, long known for his out-of-the-box approach to music as well as his onstage humor, joined Washburn for a cover of Europe’s hard rock anthem, “Final Countdown” translated into banjo.
Fleck, Washburn and the baby will be touring as usual, bringing a very unique show to a venue near you. Treat yourself!
Feb 18 – Hutchinson, KS Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre
Feb 19 – Fayetteville, AR Walton Arts Center
Feb 20 – Knoxville, TN The Bijou Theatre
Feb 27 – Buffalo, NY Buffalo State PAC
Feb 29 – Orono, ME Collins Center for the Arts
March 1 – New York, NY 92nd Street Y
March 3 – Fairfield, CT The Warehouse
March 4 – Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
March 5 – Albany, NY Massry Center for the Arts
March 6 – Easton, MD Avalon Theatre
March 22 – Athens, GA University of Georgia Performing Arts Center
May 13 – Juneau, AK Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall
May 14 – Fairbanks, AK Hering Auditorium
May 15 – Anchorage, AK Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
June 21 – Indianapolis, IN Global Musician Workshop