The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At Austin City Limits Music Festival during the festival's 10th anniversary from Sept. 16–18 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including folk singer/songwriter Abigail Washburn and rap duo Chiddy Bang.
Washburn discussed her favorite musical moments of 2011 and her current project with songwriter Kai Welch.
"It's a combination of the both of our sensibilities," said Washburn on working with Welch. "It's a different fusion for me."
A native of Evanston, Ill., Washburn developed a passion for culture and music after a trip to China in 1996. She subsequently purchased a banjo and started to explore the heritage of folk and bluegrass music. After relocating to Nashville, Washburn began writing songs and met K.C. Groves, a founding member of the all-girl string band Uncle Earl, with whom she appeared on the 2005 album, She Waits For Night. Continuing to pursue a career as a solo artist, Washburn entered her song "Rockabye Dixie" in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest 2004 and took second place, leading to a record deal with Nettwerk Music Group. In 2005 Washburn released her debut album, Song Of The Traveling Daughter, featuring artists such as Béla Fleck and Collective Soul's Ryan Hoyle. Washburn subsequently returned to China for a U.S. government-sponsored tour with the Sparrow Quartet. In 2008 she released Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet, followed by 2011's City Of Refuge, which features special guests including jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and Welch. The latter album peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums chart. Washburn is currently on tour throughout the United States.
Chiddy Bang's Chidera "Proto" Anamege and Noah "Xaphoon Jones" Beresin discussed social media and advice for aspiring artists.
"Just try and set yourself apart," said Anamege. "The best thing you can do as an artist trying to make it is figure out what makes you unique," added Beresin.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Chiddy Bang released the mixtape Swelly Express in 2009 featuring samples of artists such as Belle & Sebastian and Radiohead. In 2010 they released the single "The Opposite Of Adults," which sampled MGMT's "Kids" and earned the duo popularity in the UK and a Billboard Hot 100 hit. A summer tour followed with rapper Donnis and Bad Rabbits and in October 2010 Chiddy Bang released their debut EP, The Preview, which was produced by GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams. In 2011 the duo released Peanut Butter And Swelly, a 15-track digital mixtape.
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