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Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Take Home Grammy

Grammy Material

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.

banjo banjo._AA160_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


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