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City of Refuge

Abigail Washburn

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On her third release banjoist, singer, and songwriter Abigail Washburn blends Appalachian folk, bluegrass, pop, and subtle East Asian influences into a gorgeous set of songs. Working with songwriting partner and multi-instrumentalist Kai Welch the two craft some remarkable tunes, with arrangements that place Washburn’s lovely, lilting voice and evocative lyrics into a wide range of settings. There’s banjo-driven folk (“Corner Girl,” the title track), chamber pop (“Chains”), gospel (the near a cappella “Bright Morning Stars”), and full ensembles featuring orchestrated strings, keyboards, horns, and percussion (“Bring Me My Queen,” “Ballad of Treason,” “Dreams of Nectar”). Washburn and Welch are joined by a host of first rate musicians on City of Refuge, including bassist Viktor Krauss, guitarist Bill Frisell, members of My Morning Jacket and the Decemberists, and drummer Tucker Martine, who also produced the album. Presented with such stellar material this cast really shines and collectively they create countless beautiful passages. Lushly detailed and emotionally rich, City of Refuge is inspired from start to finish.

Customer Reviews

The most original woman in modern folk does it again

And what else would we expect from Abigail Washburn?
"Inventive" is an understatement- this album pulls themes from folk, blues, gospel, americana, and (of course) Chinese folk and weaves them into a cohesive collection of songs with impressive variety and power. Each song has it's own feel, but each is beautifully written and performed. City of Refuge sings to you intimately, like a lover from the other side of the bed; yet, it shines with a radiant message of hope, carried not only on Abigail's angelic voice, but with a myriad of other instruments and performers. Truly a flawless album. This may be the best 10 dollars you will spend all year.

Ahhhhhhh

Nice chill and relaxing I dig it!!!!

Ok. I like it

New crisp clear bluegrass rooted natural lyric'd good music. Pleases my day.

Biography

Born: November 10, 1979 in Evanston, IL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The rustic, wide-ranging sounds of singer/songwriter Abigail Washburn appear so genuine and natural, they must come from a person who grew up surrounded by folk and bluegrass. The way Washburn developed her style is much more complicated, however, as it involves China, lost banjos, and the rock group Collective Soul. Although Washburn grew up singing, she had no desire to become a professional musician, and part-time gigs as a backup vocalist in reggae, gospel, and R&B bands were nothing more...
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