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{weekend update} bonnaroo!

in centeroo w/ nekos, ellen + tessa
of black and white and loved all over
{source: nekos barnes}

lots and lots of new music on my mind this monday morning following a fantastic (as well as dirty + hot) weekend at bonnaroo. while i of course loved catching the shows on the main stages (um - mumford and sons - yes please!) ... my favorite stage by far had to be the sonic stage. it gives fans the chance to see the performers in a much more intimate & rare setting.

my all-time favorite performance was definitely songwriter and clawhammer banjo player abigail washburn. she's illinois-born, nashville-based like me. and though i didn't realize it at the time, i first heard her sing at my sweet friend samantha's wedding a little over 2 years ago. as part of her new record city of refuge release tour, abigail joined w/ producer tucker martine (the decemberists, tift merritt, mudhoney) on the sonic stage saturday morning to share a short set.

almost 10 years ago, abigail washburn was preparing to move to china to attend law school in beijing university. before moving overseas, she embarked on a road trip down the east coast to study the banjo and was offered a record deal. talk about a quick change of plans! :) she now mixes american folk music + bluegrass w/ chinese folk music.

check out abigail washburn's npr tiny desk concert to learn all about her fantastic journey:


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