Abigail Washburn & Wu Fei

(Photo Credit: Michele Gourley)

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Abigail Washburn, a master of the clawhammer banjo, and Wu Fei, who plays the 21-string Chinese guzheng, perform together for the first time. Both Abigail and Fei sing in English and Mandarin and focus their music on weaving together traditional Appalachian and Chinese folk tunes. Their sound has been described as “both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before.”  I definitely found that to be the case. They graciously agreed to sit down with me for an interview to learn more about them and their music.

Tomorrow evening will be the final installment of a residency at Flatrock Coffee. Doors are at 5:45 pm and the show will start at approximately 6:15 pm.

Donations only with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE). http://www.empowernashville.org/

Q: You were essentially en route to Beijing to study law when you were offered a recording contract and decided to become a folk musician.  What made you change your mind?

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