Abigail Washburn has been a frequent visitor to Knoxville in the last few years, with and without her backing band the Sparrow Quartet, which features Bela Fleck; the adventurous banjo player, known for straddling folk, pop, and classical music, has played at the Bijou Theatre, the Glowing Body Yoga Studio, and the Blue Plate Special at WDVX. Now she's in the middle of a three-week residency at Relix Variety Theatre in Happy Holler, the new venue in the old Central Avenue White Store building owned and operated by developer Daniel Schuh. Washburn started the series earlier this week, and will perform two more shows, on Wednesday, Nov. 10, and Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m., preceded by a potluck dinner. The shows are free.
On the next two Tuesday nights, Washburn will perform free sets at the Basement in Nashville. Both series of concerts are previews for Washburn's new album, City of Refuge, due in January on Rounder Records.