Abigail Washburn
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1 - Please tell me there will be a Wu Force LP. 2 - I found Sala (USA version) on YouTube, it appears that at one time it was for sale and now it's not for sale. Any way to purchase that version? 3 - You (and Bela) are musical/artistic inspirations for me. Please keep pushing boundaries and bringing worlds together. Thank you! Kenny in Norwood, Ohio


Abigail Washburn responded on 08/02/2018
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Hi Kenny,

1. The Wu-Force is one of my favorite things I ever did in my whole life. But being a new band with 2 moms with new children, we couldn't afford to tour and make merch! But...please enjoy our digital universe.

2. It's unfortunately only on YouTube at this point. Sorry for all the bad news. Thank you for appreciating my more obscure, formative inspirations!

3. Thank you!

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Did Juno like his hat from Juno Beach?


Abigail Washburn responded on 08/02/2018
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He had his Juno police badge on this morning. He loves it!

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Perhaps a silly question but being a claw hammer player myself, I wonder how you keep from breaking your picking fingernail. I crack mine regularly and it always sets me back.
You guys were great in Skokie.


Abigail Washburn responded on 07/31/2018
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Hi Gary,

Tell me about it! The first 10 years I played the banjo, I struggled with my natural nails, and were my nails were long and strong, things were great. When they broke, it took several weeks to get back the same sound. Once I had my first son, Juno, the nursing drained the calcium to the point where I had to start using acrylic nails to keep my playing consistent, and that is what I still do to this day.

x Abby

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did you start out playing blue grass, and have you ever played with the Flecktones?


Abigail Washburn responded on 07/31/2018
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Hi Michael,

Never played bluegrass, even though a lot of people say I play bluegrass because there is a popular lack of awareness in the difference between bluegrass and old time, Appalachian playing. I almost never correct people anymore, unless I believe they want to know the difference. I started as an old time player and I remain an old time player. And...I have gotten to sing with The Flecktones on several occasions!

xAbby


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What was it like playing the Royal Festival Hall? My wife and I absolutely LOVED the whole concert, thanks.


Abigail Washburn responded on 07/31/2018
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Hi Mike,

Royal Hall..John Paul Jones came to play with us, which was really special. One of the funnest things that ever happened to me on any tour ever was connected to that. Our bus was parked behind the venue in a garage, and in the morning, Juno woke me up. The garage door was open in the morning and we saw the Temmes River and the London Eye. And so we ran out before it opened and got in the first pod. The sound was impeccable in the hall, the audience was so open and warm. I can't imagine a better way to play London.


xxAbby

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I heard an interview with you and Bela on NPR. You sang a verse about a coal miners wife and coal miners {accapella) it was about how hard they worked and needing to organize. What is the name of the song and have you recorded it. L Perkins Louisville KY


Abigail Washburn responded on 07/31/2018
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Come All Ye Coal Miners by Sarah Ogden Gunning. It was recorded on our most most recent album, Echo in the Valley.

Gunning was the wife and fighter of coal miners born in east Kentucky. She experienced a lot of hardships, including a mother and son who died of starvation because they were a family of workers, while the bosses and their families had what they needed or more. So she made her life's work to try and get coal miners and their families to organize so they could demand basic human rights. I perform it because, like with many songs from olden days, they are still relevant and point out patterns of human behavior that we need to think about how to transform into an energy that supports all lives rather than a few.

I believe she's basically saying that humans should treat other humans well.

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Hi Abigail, i heard an interview with you and Bela on NPR recently. During the interview you sang a verse of a song acapella.I missed the title of the song and the writer. The song was about the life of a coal miner from the wife's perspecitive. The last line of the potion you sang was encouraging coal miners to organize.
Can you give me the name of the song and writer? Have you recorded the song?


Abigail Washburn responded on 07/31/2018
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Come All Ye Coal Miners by Sarah Ogden Gunning. It was recorded on our most most recent album, Echo in the Valley.

Gunning was the wife and fighter of coal miners born in east Kentucky. She experienced a lot of hardships, including a mother and son who died of starvation because they were a family of workers, while the bosses and their families had what they needed or more. So she made her life's work to try and get coal miners and their families to organize so they could demand basic human rights. I perform it because, like with many songs from olden days, they are still relevant and point out patterns of human behavior that we need to think about how to transform into an energy that supports all lives rather than a few.

I believe she's basically saying that humans should treat other humans well.

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Will you be doing any shows in California after San Luis Obispo next March? Thanks. Diane in San Mateo


Abigail Washburn responded on 07/18/2018
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Hi There,

Béla and Abigail will be touring California again this December! You can see the dates at http://abigailwashburn.com/tour/