Aha Moment: Doc Watson & Abigail Washburn
Friday, June 08, 2012
Doc Watson, a giant of American folk music, died last month at 89.
Watson’s guitar and banjo playing was a powerful force in the 1960s folk revival, and his long career inspired generations of musicians, among them Abigail Washburn. She was on her way to a career in international law based in China when she heard a recording of Doc Watson singing “Shady Grove” at a party. She fell in love with the banjo. “I was struck by it as something that sounded uniquely American. I had this revelation: I just don't know enough about America. I love this place China … but I don't know enough about my own country’s roots and culture and traditions.”
So she picked up the banjo herself, and what started off as a hobby turned into a record deal. Her most recent album is City of Refuge.
(Originally aired: October 14, 2011)
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Bonus Track: “Burn Through” from City of Refuge
Song of the Traveling DaughterArtist: Abigail WashburnAlbum: Song of the Traveling Daughter