Singer-songwriter-banjo-player Abigail Washburn has been a regular visitor to Asheville, since her days with the Sparrow Quartet. She played the White Horse last year, while on tour for the gorgeous and super-smart world/pop/folk album City of Refuge. Read more about that performance, and Washburn’s work as a goodwill cultural ambassador, here.
Washburn plays The Grey Eagle on Thursday, Feb. 7 (8 p.m., $15) where she’ll debut her new trio, The Wu Force. The group includes Wu Fei — a Bejing-born guzheng (Chinese zither) master, and Kai Welch — the co-writer on City of Refuge.
Here’s some pre-show homework: Washburn performing “My Immortal Home” with Mumford & Sons:
And Washburn’s TED Talk on “Building US-China Relations…by Banjo”: