Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Tuesday May 30, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Abigail Washburn

 

continued

I've not heard Washburn play, apart from her work with Uncle Earl, so her brand-new five-song EP was a chance to sample what Ann Arbor will hear when she comes to the Ark on Tuesday, October 3. "Fall on My Knees" starts with delicate, arpeggiating banjo, adds Washburn's elegant voice, and then layers in cello in a stunning, almost symphonic arrangement that plummets in an instant to one plunking little note before bursting forth anew. Who could ever tell this is an old, old song, sung by some lady on her porch? It's bracingly new. And Washburn's take on "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" was inspired by an old recording by the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It starts somberly, and Washburn shouts and trills and holds tight onto each pure vowel as if her life depended on it before tripping into the mirror-image of religious fervor: mischief, mirth, delight.

[Review published October 2006]    (end of article)

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Pizza Restaurants
Colleges and Universities
Calling All Townies
What's that number?
Sally Mitani
Avram Fefer and Michael Bisio
Just a double bass and a horn
Piotr Michalowski
Jerry Clayton's Vision
The sheriff has a plan to fix two of the county's thorniest problems.
James Leonard
Gallery & Museum Exhibits & Tours
Inexpensive Hotels
Anarchist Press
Unhappy his first book publishing experience, Ari Weinzweig decided he'd do the next one himself
Jan Schlain
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Nightspots: Blue Nile
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI
Greek Festival June 9-11, 2017
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017