As if our debt to China weren’t big enough, it turns out we also owe the Asian giant for inspiring Abigail Washburn, a true American original, to become a musician. It’s a roundabout story. But you’ll get the drift of it in her interview with SOUND TRACKS reporter Arun Rath, plus a sampling of her songs.
Her original plan was to pursue a law degree in China -- did we mention she’s really smart? – but her discovery of the banjo and bluegrass music changed all that. She still gets to China regularly, doing earthquake relief concerts and embarking on a musical tour of the old Silk Road. As she says, “I really believe in the power of music.”
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