Album: Abigail Washburn, City of Refuge (Rounder)

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Born in Illinois, educated in Minnesota, now living in Tennessee via time spent in Vermont and China, it should come as no surprise that Washburn sounds like no one else.

A clawhammer banjo player with her heart in old-time American music but her style flexible enough to display her broad influences, this is Washburn's second solo album, and very lovely it is too. It's a little too polished for the Oh Brother... crowd, but fans of Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss should take note.