Bela & Abigail Washburn – Live At Paste Studio

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, the first couple of banjo, are back with Echo in the Valley, a breathtaking follow-up to their acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned them the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. There’s virtuosity all over the record, from the telepathic chemistry of the instrumentals, to the historical prisms through which they tell their stories. Co-written by …

Here & Now

Banjo duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are on tour promoting their latest album, “Echo in the Valley.” They stopped by our studios for a bit of a concert and a chat with Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd. Interview Highlights On the rule that the album’s sound had to come only from the two of them Abigail Washburn: “Sometimes you go to see …

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn on World Cafe

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn new album is called Echo In The Valley. Both artists have built lives on squeezing more sound, story and emotion out of the banjo than you may have thought possible — she in the clawhammer style of her hero Doc Watson, and he from the three-finger school of Earl Scruggs. We’ll take a deep dive into …

Don’t Let It Bring You Down on Billboard

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have no problem staring intently into each other’s eyes; They are married, after all. But the duo decided a face-off was the best course to take for “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” the first video from their new album Echo In The Valley, which is premiering exclusively below. The clip, directed by Alex Chaloff and …

Echo In The Valley Released!

“Two of the world’s most accomplished and innovative banjo players happen to be a married couple: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn. They both push far beyond the bluegrass expectations of their chosen instrument: toward Africa, Asia, jazz and math-rock.  Echo in the Valley, their second duet album, is both constrained — only what the duo can play and sing live …

Circle Round Home – Nashville Residency

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn typically play theaters and performing arts centers. But they’re going to do things a little differently in Nashville next week. On Tuesday, the Grammy-winning banjo duo will launch their three-night “Circle Round Home” residency in which they’ll play the Basement, the Family Wash and 3rd and Lindsley – far more intimate venues than the ones …

Bluegrass Situation Premieres “If I Could Talk To A Younger Me”

It’s good to be reminded, sometimes, of the important things — the ones we so easily forget. Between the breakfast coffee and the toothbrush before bed, a day can swing by in what seems shorter than a few breaths. It’s a cliché thing that, most memorably, we once needed Ferris Bueller to cement into our brains: “Life moves pretty fast. …

Don’t Let It Bring You Down Premieres on Rolling Stone

The 2016 presidential election and all that has ensued since has been a source of anxiety for a large percentage of Americans, including banjo virtuosos Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Now the performers have written something of a mantra for our contentious times. “Don’t Let It Bring You Down” is off the pair’s forthcoming album Echo in the Valley. The …

New Album: Echo In The Valley

Echo in the Valley is the follow-up to Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album.  This time around, the mission was to take their double banjo combination of three-finger and clawhammer styles “to the next level and find things to do together that we had not done before,” says Béla.  They kept a …