Abigail-Washburn-007Yay, it’s almost the weekend, so it’s time for music!  I do believe I’ve started the Random Ten with Abigail Washburn before, but I’m doing it again, because I had no idea when I woke up yesterday morning that I would be seeing her live and meeting her last night.  Abigail Washburn is cool.  She picked up a banjo sometime during college and fell in love with the music of Doc Watson, and before she knew it, she was being offered a record deal. This sort of upended her life plans at that point, as she was fluent in Mandarin, and was planning on moving to China to go to law school and live the rest of her life there.  Instead she played music and ended up marrying the great banjo genius Béla Fleck. Oh, that was the other surprise of last night — Béla played with her. It was truly one of the greatest shows I’ve seen in the past several years and, though I was already a fan of both, I am even moreso today. So let’s listen to a couple of songs from Abigail, then you know the drill. Hit shuffle on the iTunes, see where we are ten songs later, listen to some music and then goodbye. More videos after the jump!

1. Sha-Na-Na – “Blue Moon” [fom Grease]
2. Britney Spears – “Breathe On Me”
3. Bon Iver – “Beth/Rest”
4. Brad Paisley – “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”
5. Portishead – “Half Day Closing”
6. Phish – “Poor Heart”
7. The Sea and Cake – “The Argument”
8. Pete Yorn – “Sense”
9. Janet Jackson – “You Ain’t Right”
10. Jason Mraz – “Sleeping To Dream”

Um, this is a really good Random Ten, except for the embarrassing Britney Spears part. I have like five of her songs in my iTunes, I swear, and that’s it.