Abigail Washburn: Have Banjo, Will Travel


Set List

Songs played by Abigail Washburn for 'World Cafe':

  • "Sometimes"
  • "Journey Home"
  • "Eve Stole the Apple"

Singer-songwriter Abigail Washburn's debut album, Song of the Traveling Daughter, shows off her considerable talents playing the banjo. The record also features musicians Bela Fleck, Ryan Hoyle of Collective Soul and Jordan McConnell of the Duhks.

Abigail Washburn's interest in Appalachian music was sparked by her travels to China.

hide captionAbigail Washburn's interest in Appalachian music was sparked by her travels in China.


Previously, Washburn's banjo could be heard live, as she played with the likes of the Cleary Brothers and Uncle Earl on their tours. That's just some of the traveling the Evanston, Ill., native has done.

A trip to China as a college student led Washburn to a new appreciation for traditional music and instruments. On returning to the United States, she studied Appalachian music. But he Asian influence didn't stop there: Washburn has since toured China to play — and some of her recent music features lyrics in Mandarin.

Related NPR Stories

Web Resources



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.