Abigail Washburn and Kai Welch with special guest Wu Fei

Tags/Genres Roots

If American old-time music is about taking earlier, simpler ways of life and music-making as one’s model, Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition.

A singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player who sometimes sings in Chinese, Abigail Washburn presents very contemporary versions of traditional Appalachian-style folk songs.

The performance features City of Refuge album collaborator, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kai Welch, known for his indie rock sensibilities and classical training.

They are joined by Wu Fei, an internationally acclaimed master of the guzheng, the Chinese zither, who also performed on City of Refuge.

This performance is part of the Global American South Conference presented by the Center for Global Initiatives and the Center for the Study of the American South.