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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn: Echo in the Valley (album review)

Simple in design yet virtuosic in execution, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn absolutely astound on Echo in the Valley.

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 21 June 2012 (Day 1)

Mandolin wars, fire on the mountain, Levon love, and John Fogerty: The 39th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival brings the heat in Colorado.

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Jason Mraz: Love Is a Four Letter Word

The "I'm Yours" feel-good guy returns with his most expansive set yet. The results are (mostly) better than you might think.

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Top 10 Culturally Significant Banjo Moments

In the shadow of Earl Scruggs’ death, it’s worth taking a look at the role the banjo has played in American popular culture.

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Bela Fleck & The Original Flecktones: 16 November 2011 – New York

Clearly, even after twenty plus years, the Flecktones are wallowing in the ecstasy of the magic they continue to create and recreate.

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Desitively Bonnaroo: Reporting from the Land of Dust and Music (Part 2)

You are at Bonnaroo. You do not sleep. You are not a wimp.

Tomas Hachard
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Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge

Abigail Washburn is a bluegrass artist with a global focus, and on City of Refuge, she collaborates with indie rock artists, including the Decemberists' producer Tucker Martine and guitarist Chris Funk.

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Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore: Dear Companion

Two young Kentucky natives collaborate with producer Yim Yames to protest mountaintop removal coal mining. Don't worry--it's much prettier than that sounds.

Steve Slagg
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Full Circle: Béla Fleck, Paul Simon & America's Return to the World Community

Béla Fleck didn't ask to be the Avatar of the New American Culture (avatars never do). He happened to be in the right place at the right time with a banjo and a digital recorder. The remaining dots are ours to connect, and we've begun to connect them.

Jeffrey Pinzino
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Happy-Go-Plucking

Steve Martin, Sufjan Stevens, and Kermit the Frog all know it and you should, too: the banjo is hands-down the coolest instrument out there.

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McCoy Tyner: Guitars

An overpolite meeting between a great jazz trio and batch of six-string slingers.

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Béla Fleck: Crossing the Tracks

Even when Béla Fleck was a mere tyke in the music industry, he was already starting to take his banjo on journeys off the bluegrass trail. Here's where his story begins.

Lou Friedman
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Béla Fleck: Perpetual Motion

Perpetual Motion is Fleck's latest project, a daring foray into Baroque, Classical and Romantic art music.

John Kreicbergs
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