Song Premiere: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn - "Railroad"

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Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck are two of the most impressive banjo players in music today, and today the pair has announced that come Oct. 7, they will release an eponymous album together. In anticipation of the release, the duo has premiered album track “Railroad.”

“My mom sang this song to me when I was a little girl, and it was my favorite,” Washburn said. “Béla heard me singing this trippy version to Juno one day and said, ‘You’re onto something there.’”

The full-length will consist of vocal and banjo tunes both classic and original.

“We didn’t want any other instruments on there, because we’re into this idea that we’re banjo players, and that should be enough,” Fleck said. “Sometimes when you add other instruments, you take away from the ability of the banjo to show all its colors, which are actually quite beautiful.”

The husband-wife team will be touring consistently before and after the album’s release if you’re interested in hearing what these two musicians can accomplish together. Check out the tracklist and tour dates for the two banjo virtuosos below.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Tracklist
1. Railroad
2. Ride to You
3. What’cha Gonna Do
4. Little Birdie
5. New South Africa
6. Pretty Polly
7. Shotgun Blues
8. For Children: No. 3 Quasi adagio, No 10 Allegro Molto – Children’s Dance”
9. And Am I Born to Die
10. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?
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12. Bye Bye Baby Blues

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Tour Dates
September
17 – Derry, N.H. @ Stockbridge Theater
18 – Brownfield, Maine @ The Stone Mountain Arts Center
20 – Plymouth, N.H. @ The Flying Monkey
21 – North Adams, Mass. @ FreshGrass
October
3 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Wide Open Bluegrass
5 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10 – Charleston, S.C. @ Southern Ground Music Festival
17 – Mobile, Ala. @ Saenger Theatre
18 – Live Oak, Fl. @ Magnolia Festival
19 – Black Mountain, N.C. @ Lake Eden Arts Festival
22 – Markham, Ontario @ Flato Markham Theatre
23 – Rutland, Vt. @ Paramount Theatre
24 – Troy, N.Y. @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
25 – Frederick, Md. @ Weinberg Center for the Arts
28 – Kutztown, Pa. @ Schaeffer Auditorium
29 – New York, N.Y. @ Symphony Space
20 – Cambridge, Mass. @ Sanders Theatre
31 – Washington, D.C. @ Lisner Auditorium
November
1 – Portland, Maine @ Merrill Auditorium
8 – Nashville, Tenn. @ TBA
28 – 29 – San Francisco, Calif. @ San Francisco Jazz Center Miner Auditorium
January
16 – Steamboat Springs, Colo. @ Strings Music Festival
17 – Grand Junction, Colo. @ Avalon Theatre
19 – Beaver Creek, Colo. @ Vilar Performing Arts Center
20 – Durango, Colo. @ Community Concert Hall
February
20 – Springfield, Ill. @ Sangamon Auditorium
21 – Naperville, Ill. @ Wentz Concert Hall
22 – Green Bay, Wisc. @ Weidner Center
April
11 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Carnegie Lecture Hall
12 – New Bedford, Mass. @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

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