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Banjo music saved Abigail Washburn from a life of lawyering. She was offered her first record deal after a bluegrass-festival jam session in which she'd trotted out all four songs that she knew. That led to a stint with the all-female alt-country group Uncle Earl, including an album produced by rock legend and mandolin obsessive John Paul Jones.

Washburn's husband is also a banjo player; they met at a square dance where he was in the band. The attraction was mutual and immediate, and you can still sometimes find the John Coltrane of the five-string banjo playing square dances in Nashville, Tennessee. His name, by the way, is Béla Fleck. READ THE FULL Straight.com ARTICLE. Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck will perform at Vancouver's Chan Centre on May 10th.