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Do they yodel in the USA ? (or is it in China ?): Abigail Washburn

24 August 2008

Another woman, another style, another time.

Abigail Washburn is American but she has studied Chinese language and music. She integrates these influences in her music that is also inspired by the traditions of the Appalachian like old time and bluegrass. She played first in Uncle Earl, then made a solo album and is now part of the Sparrow Quartet (Béla Fleck, Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee are the other musicians). Together they made a wonderful album oscillating between american old time and chinese classical music. And she yodels ! Her yodels are completely different from the ones of Carolina Cotton, they are long and languorous, dreamy and quite celestial.

In Overture, the non-lyric vocals have a yodel style, along the sounds of the banjo that is infused with oriental style. She does it again in Great Big Wall in China, with her fragile and delicate voice. And the rest of the album is great too, it is one of my favourites for the moment ! Go buy it, you won’t regret it.

Overture

Great Big Wall in China

Link 1: Abigail Washburn’s official site, with her discography

Link 2: myspace

Link 3: review of the album

Link 4: Great Big Wall in China live

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2 comments

  1. Hi Mademoiselle, You don’t seem to get many comments so I thought I better let you know that I appreciate this blog very much. As far as yodeling goes, I’m mostly a Jimmie Rodgers fan, but I enjoy your work and I’m glad you’re doing it. Oh, and I do like hearing music I wouldn’t have found on my own.


  2. Thanks a lot for you comment. It’s good to kwow who are your readers. So, for the others, don’t hesitate to leave a message ! I’ll appreciate it.
    There is more Jimmie Rodgers to come, but also lots of other things.



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