Roots & Blues Preview – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

For the second straight year, StorageMart is giving away a Roots & Blues Whole Hog VIP Getaway.  Two lucky winners will each receive a pair of “Whole Hog” VIP Passes and hotel accommodations for the Roots & Blues & BBQ Festival, to be held September 20-22 in Columbia, Missouri.

The most decorate artist performing at the 2013 Roots & Blues Festival might be Bela Fleck.  The acclaimed banjo player has won 13 Grammy Awards on his own, shared in 2 others and has been nominated in more different categories than any artist in the history of the awards.  His nominations include recognition in the genre of country, pop, jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk and spoken word as well as nominations for writing and arranging.

He released his first album, “Cross the Tracks”, 1979.  In 1981 he joined with acclaimed mandolin player Sam Bush to form the New Grass Revival.  Fleck and Bush played together throughout the 1980’s and occasionally joined up with bluegrass legend Doc Watson.

In 1988, Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten and drummer Roy “Future Man” Wooten formed Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.  Together they recorded numerous albums in the category of contemporary jazz, winning five Grammy Awards.

Bela Fleck will be joined onstage at the Roots & Blues Festival by his wife Abigail Washburn.  A noted banjoist herself, Washburn has recorded solo albums and as part of the The Sparrow Quintet.  She has toured throughout the world and the Sparrow Quintet have appeared on National Geographic Live and were invited to play at festivities during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Together, Fleck and Washburn bring differing playing styles to create a unique and thoroughly entertaining bluegrass experience.  Make sure you’re on hand when they take the Roots & Blues Festival stage on the afternoon of Saturday, September 21st.

Heather Gerling Heather Gerling (105 Posts)

Digital Marketing Assistant at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University. Strongly believes you should never leave home without a book, and admits to having a coffee addiction.


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