The riveting musicianship of multi-GRAMMY®-winner Béla Fleck blends with Abigail Washburn’s beguiling compositions to create an explosion of musical white heat. Whether performing as a duo or with other collaborators, these banjo players are a match made in musical heaven.
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet, the exposed setting that magnifies each musician’s personality. Both shine brightly, imbuing their performances with a diversity almost unthinkable-coming from just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s captivating composing, playing and singing, along with Fleck’s virtuosic musicianship, combine to create distinctive music that might sound familiar in texture, yet different in detail from anything else to be heard on the North American, Asian, or any other continents.
Fleck may be the most prominent banjo player in the world. He has spent decades boldly grafting the banjo to musical branches that hang far from the native musical ground of bluegrass and Americana. An oft-cited and useful indicator of his breadth and depth is Fleck’s status as record-holder for the most categories of GRAMMY® nominations, winning 15 along the way.
Fleck and Washburn together are a commanding musical force full of warmth and ingenuity. No wonder they are married and have a new baby.
Watch Fleck and Washburn play a duet on a bus with their new baby: