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"I loved MIM in general. It's a stunning achievement and I look forward to showing it off to Abby and Juno."
Bela Fleck

An Interview with Bela Fleck

Bela Fleck Returns to MIM with Abigail Washburn May 6th

By Mariah Fleming

Bela & Abby in Glasgow

In May 2013 Bela Fleck chose the MIM in which to perform the first stand alone solo shows he'd ever done. His two sold out concerts were remarkable. At the same time, he and his wife, the highly regarded clawhammer banjo player and singer Abigail Washburn, were anxiously awaiting the birth of their first baby. Now Fleck is returning to MIM with Washburn on May 6th for two shows at 7 and 9 PM. Tickets are $47.50 to $62.50. Fleck and Washburn's masterful musical collaboration has earned them the unofficial title "First Family of the Banjo." And it's definitely a family affair all the way. Fleck, Washburn and baby son Juno will arrive in their new tour bus, specially equipped to provide a comfy home on the road for Juno.

Fleck first performed with Washburn in her Sparrow Quartet and performed with her when she was the first musician sponsored by the US government to perform in China. In the interview below he talks about his deep regard for her musicianship and the way she relates to audiences, the musical surprises in store for us at this show, as well as many other topics. Fleck is regarded as the world's preeminent banjoist. His work in Bela Fleck and the Flecktones set him on a course of groundbreaking musical projects for over thirty years and each one has been a spectacular achievement. He was kind enough to take time to answer fifteen questions. And what follows is a fascinating look inside Bela Fleck's wonderful new world.

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What's Atomic Folk? An Explosion of Great Music from AZ Band "Mrs. Lincoln"

By Mariah Fleming

Mrs. Lincoln

Welcome to the musical world of the Arizona 'gang of five' that calls itself "Mrs. Lincoln." It's a world I'm glad to say I've spent some time in, and I highly recommend you do the same. Upon listening to the first release from "Mrs. Lincoln", their self-titled EP, the only thing more I could ask is for the EP to be longer. But in the just over fifteen minutes of original music you'll hear on this release, it becomes abundantly clear that something very special is going on. "Mrs. Lincoln" describes their sound as 'atomic folk. That's a perfect description because the music of "Mrs. Lincoln" is so refreshingly varied it needs its own category.

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An Interview with David Wilcox

By Mariah Fleming

David Wilcox

David Wilcox is returning to the Musical Instrument Museum for a solo show Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are going fast but good seats are still available at TheMIM.org. Having seen Wilcox in concert, I have no doubt that his concert will be an entertaining and enlightening affair. Over nearly three decades, Wilcox has earned exceptionally devoted fans. Admired by his peers as well as his fans, Wilcox is regarded as a "songwriter's songwriter." He’s got 17 albums under his belt, and his new one, “Blaze” will be released later this year. His songs are lyrically wondrous, his guitar work is exceptional, and his attitude about life is seasoned with a strong sprinkling of wit. I talked to David from his home in North Carolina last week. He said he enjoyed it, and so did I. I hope you will too.

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