Abby the Spoon Lady biography, Asheville, NC spoon player…
Abby the Spoon Lady is one of very few professional spoon players in the United States and has been a professional street performer for over a decade. She has studied American folk percussion, music, and folklore while traveling the United States by foot and rail.
Although her start to music was rough, she is now an internationally known street performer. Today she plays with some of Asheville’s finest local and visiting performers at festivals, within venues, and right on the sidewalk. Along with finding her within various horror and short films, you can watch interviews with Abby in such documentaries as Nashville 2012, and also Buskin’ Blues, about the world-class street performing scene in Asheville, NC. She is currently President of the Asheville Buskers Collective.
Spoon Lady Travels
Abby spent most of her 20s traveling the United States by hitchhiking, foot, & rail. After spending time state to state standing in line at labor pools and employment agencies, she finally learned that music was the most fitting way to fund herself across the country. She learned to play the spoons, eventually, the “Spoon Lady” emerged.
Becoming very quickly enamored by the hobo lifestyle, she became very interested in its history. However difficult to carry the medium in a backpack, she spent her hours collecting songs and stories, lyrics and variations. She recorded on whatever she could get her hands on. Whether it was pen and paper or old cameras, she used whatever was affordable. Humorous, enlightening, and telling, these stories painted a clear picture of America from its underbelly.
In Asheville, NC Abby is still recording stories and song. Through Busker Broadcast, a video and audio series put together with the help of the Asheville Buskers Collective, she records songs and interviews of hundreds of performers every year. If you can’t make it to the sidewalks of Asheville, NC, you can still browse through some of the archives by clicking here and going to the Busker Broadcast archive channel from 2015 and 2016.
There will always be a sort of curiosity that surrounds the lifestyle of a hobo or the way of the wanderer. Today in Asheville you can find Abby performing at storytelling events, sharing what she has learned over the years. Generally, these events sell out very quickly, so make sure to grab yours when you see the ticket link posted. You can click RIGHT HERE to find a listing of upcoming events or sign up for her MAILING LIST.
LINKS AND INFORMATION:
Asheville Citizen-Times article: Living Portrait series: NOV 2014 http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2014/11/13/living-portrait-series-spoon-lady/18982245/
Busk Break www.buskbreak.com/tag/abby-the-spoon-lady/
Mountain Bound – Steph Stewart meets the Spoon Lady — 2014 https://stephstewart.net/2014/07/30/mountain-bound/
Queen of the Asheville Buskers
Busk Battles, Sept 2014
6-2-15 – 98.1 The River — http://981theriver.com/studio-avl/abby-the-spoon-lady/
Shifty Drifters – Jewish Luck http://www.morejewishluck.com/blog-jewish-luck-book/abby-the-spoon-lady-and-the-shifty-drifters
ONLY IN ASHEVILLE – BOOK – Marla Hardee Milling Published 2016 https://goo.gl/en6VOs
Famous Photographer Kevin Russ and his photos of the Spoon Lady 2015- http://www.kevinruss.com/abbythespoonlady/
Collective Quarterly #4, ‘Pisgah’ — http://www.collectivequarterly.com/
Romantic Asheville – Things to do in Asheville, NC https://www.romanticasheville.com/downtown.htm
Footloose and Roaming – Things to do in Asheville, NC
Nikon Kidd Interviews – http://www.thenikonkidd.com/the-nikon-kidd-interviews
Long Lost Family finds Abby The Spoon Lady in Asheville after 35 Years Missing – Ask Asheville Article 2016 https://askasheville.com/long-lost-family-finds-abby-spoon-lady-asheville-35-years-missing/
Sonic States Project – http://www.sonicstates.org/spoonlady
Capital at Play Magazine – Brother Can You Spare a Dollar? 2016 https://www.capitalatplay.com/brother-can-you-spare-a-dollar/
ASHEVILLE BUSKERS DISCUSS LIFE ON THE ROAD – Oct 2016 – https://originalfuzz.com/blogs/fuzz/asheville-buskers-discuss-life-on-the-road
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