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Washburn streams "City of Refuge"

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 – Abigail Washburn's "City of Refuge" CD, out Jan. 11 on Rounder, is now available for streaming via NPR. The singer and clawhammer banjo player also will tour behind the CD.

The CD is streaming in its entirety on NPR Music and featured alongside her Tiny Desk Concert. Washburn worked with producer Tucker Martine for her third disc. A roots sound filtered through indie pop, the album also features songwriting collaborator Kai Welch, guitarist Bill Frisell, fiddler Rayna Gellert, guzheng (the ancient Chinese zither) master Wu Fei with string arrangements by Jeremy Kittel of the Turtle Island String Quartet. Chris Funk from The Decemberists and Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket also appear on the record.

Washburn and her band Welch, Gellert, drummer Jamie Dick and bassist Alana Rockland - will be on the road in the U.S. and Europe through January. Tour dates are:

Jan. 9 New York, NY BB King's (APAP showcase)
Jan. 11 New York, NY Housing Works Café
Jan. 12 Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
Jan. 13 Raleigh, NC Berkeley Café
Jan. 14 Johnson City, TN Down Home
Jan. 15 Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle
Jan. 17 Louisville, KY Ear X-Tacy
Jan. 25 Glasgow, UK Celtic Connetions
Jan. 26 Sheffield, UK The Greystones
Jan. 28 Newcastle, UK The Cluny
Jan. 29 Winchester, UK The Railway Inn
Jan. 30 Bristol, UK Thekla
Jan. 31 London, UK The Slaughtered Lamb
Feb.16-17 Memphis, TN Folk Alliance
Feb. 26 Colorado Springs, CO Colorado College
Feb. 27 Denver, CO Swallow Hill

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