Episode 10

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn


December 10th, 2018

52 mins 58 secs

Season 1

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About this Episode

For over three decades now Béla has quietly revolutionized how the banjo is played, recorded and perceived - taking it from of the front porches of Appalachia and into jazz clubs, symphony halls and rock stadiums from his hometown of New York City to Uganda and Tibet and back again.

Meanwhile, Abigail has forged her own unique path. A fiercely intelligent songwriter and activist fluent in Mandarin, it’s been told she gave up on being a well regarded lawyer in China after a meditation retreat brought her to the realization that the banjo and not the briefcase was her destiny. After meeting at a Nashville square dance (yes that really happened), Béla and Abigail’s banjo explorations became one. Slowly they begun touring and recording together, and that’s where Zach caught up with them, on a rainy Wednesday on the UCLA campus in LA.