Smart Bets: Letters To Abigail

Flat Rock-based Americana trio Letters to Abigail (James Harrell, Kelli "Mae" Redmond and Lauren Bandy) raised $15,000 through Kickstarter to record their debut LP, Say Anything, at Echo Mountain Studios. They brought in guests like Steep Canyon Rangers' fiddler Nicky Sanders and Jimmy Buffett's pedal steel player Doyle Grisham for the record, which the band describes as "a new and refreshing approach to a sweet familiar sound." (Speaking of sweet, check out their video for "Angel in Ordinary Shoes.") Letters to Abigail performs Friday, Aug. 30, at Highland Brewery. That night celebrates the band's album release (6-8 p.m.) as well as the brewery's seasonal release of Clawhammer Oktoberfest (beginning at 4 p.m.). Free. http://www.highlandbrewing.com.

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