Salon Stage: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn


How did winning a Grammy change this husband-wife banjo powerhouse?

The folk duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, who took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album, are back with their sophomore project, "Echo in the Valley." They joined "Salon Stage" to perform "Blooming Rose," "Over the Divide" and "Don't Let It Bring You Down" from their latest album.

After the set, the duo spoke about creating their follow-up record after the Grammy. "Every sophomore project has pressure," Fleck said, citing the balance of striving for quality and evolution as an artist, while staying true to one's own sound and living up to fans' expectations.

"I think if anything the Grammy felt like wind behind our back," Washburn added. "We felt so supported and appreciated." The 2016 Grammy was the first one for Washburn, however it was the 16th Grammy for Fleck.

"Life is complicated and unfortunately you get attached to what happens to you," Fleck said. "This is like the problem that big business has, 'Oh, we had a banner year, well next year we're going to have to do 20 percent more than that to be successful' instead of going, 'hey, life goes in waves.'"

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