City of Refuge released on 11th January on Rounder Records is the third album by acclaimed singer and clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn, is streaming in its entirety on NPR Music and featured alongside her Tiny Desk Concert.
Hailed by Newsweek for creating a gorgeous, joyful new sound, acclaimed singer, songwriter and clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn has spent 2009 and 2010 challenging creative boundaries – a timeless roots sound filtered through indie pop – for her third album, City of Refuge.
Raw, ethereal and at times lushly orchestrated, City of Refuge unites renowned producer Tucker Martine with Washburn’s classic songwriting, striking voice and old-time storytelling aesthetic – Rounder Records.
A timeless roots sound filtered through indie pop, the album also features songwriting collaborator Kai Welch, guitarist Bill Frisell, fiddler Rayna Gellert, guzheng (the ancient Chinese zither) master Wu Fei, with string arrangements by Jeremy Kittel of the Turtle Island String Quartet. Chris Funk from the Decemberists and Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket also appear on the record.