Abigail Washburn

Thursday

SXSW Records

Abigail Washburn

City of Refuge (Rounder)

Other women grab the spotlight in the world of Americana, but no one possesses the courageous vision and songwriting virtuosity of Abigail Washburn. The Nashville-based banjo player's City of Refuge is another jump forward after her work with the Sparrow Quartet, which featured Béla Fleck and Ben Sollee. This time Washburn gets assistance from guitarist Bill Frisell, My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel, Decemberist Chris Funk, members of the Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mongolian string band Hanggai to craft an album that manages to look forward and backward simultaneously. She delivers contemporary folk à la Shawn Colvin on "Chains," brushes up against the Chinese-inspired chamber music of "Dreams of Nectar," and harkens back to her bluegrass roots with the title track. Filled with a brand of progressive folk music unlike anything you've ever heard, it crackles, sways, and whines, breaking through barriers we didn't know existed while creating a listening experience that's spellbinding. (Thu., 9pm, Antone's)

****

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Cody Jinks, Kim Simpson & Travis Green, Kim Simpson, Travis Green, and Cody Jinks
I'm Not the Devil, Songs & Sightings, A Little Too Late (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, Aug. 5, 2016

Texas Platters
Aaron Einhouse
It Ain't Pretty (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, June 24, 2016

More by Jim Caligiuri
Texas Platters
Will Courtney
Planning Escapes (Record Review)

Aug. 5, 2016

Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
A look back at illustrated album covers old and new

July 29, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Abigail Washburn

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)