When I first started playing the banjo, there was a period when I didn't go to China. It hurt. Like a pain in my gut. That pain you feel when you know it's time to connect with your parents or your God or your child or your past or your future... and you don't do it.
If Abigail Washburn didn't already have a job as an earnest clawhammer banjo player who takes adventurous side trips away from the bluegrass realm that has served her so well, the singer-songwriter could run for mayor of Telluride. And win.
Today, the environmentally conscious clothing company Patagonia Inc. launches "The Patagonia Music Collective" by releasing two 11-track bundles that are part of an ongoing series intended to be a new model for green giving.