With the passing of Earl Scruggs, attention has turned to the instrument that launched a thousand jokes: the banjo. But in the hands of masters such as Scruggs, Béla Fleck or Ralph Stanley, its sound is no laughing matter. Add to that list Abigail Washburn, wife of and collaborator with Fleck and accomplished frailer in the pre-Scruggs tradition. Washburn's rhythms are unstoppable, but her adventurous singing and arranging distinguishes her work. Last year, with indie rocker Kai Welch and producer Tucker... More >>>