City of Refuge Clued-in folk fans know this Nashville banjo whiz from her old band Uncle Earl (or perhaps from her marriage to bluegrass renegade Béla Fleck). Washburn’s…
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City of Refuge

Clued-in folk fans know this Nashville banjo whiz from her old band Uncle Earl (or perhaps from her marriage to bluegrass renegade Béla Fleck). Washburn’s new solo disc deserves a wider audience. Produced by Decemberists collaborator Tucker Martine, City of Refuge frames Washburn’s smoky-sexy vocals with lush string-band arrangements that make the occasional touch of Chinese zither seem natural. Think Norah Jones meets Nickel Creek. B+

Originally posted Jan 05, 2011 Published in issue #1137 Jan 14, 2011 Order article reprints