What I love about playing is connecting with other musicians and getting in a groove, whether it be instrumentally or vocally. The feeling that comes from getting to be part of something bigger than yourself. Playing live shows brings another level to that experience, you can really feed off the energy in a room and go places musically that you couldn’t without a good crowd.
I play acoustic guitar and mandolin, plus sing lead and harmony vocals. I started playing guitar around age 12; my Mom would take me to lessons and help me learn the chords. At the time I was really into rock, so I worked summer jobs to buy a Fender Stratocaster and learned all the Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page licks I could. I gradually became drawn to acoustic string music and picked up the mandolin. I wanted to play like Sam Bush and David Grisman.
What’s on your personal playlist right now?
It’s a pretty good range. Darrell Scott, Allison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Punch Brothers, The Band, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Ryan Adams, and John Hiatt to name a few.
Hear for yourself. You can catch Abe live when his band, Amber Collins and Branch House Pavilion, play at Sinkland Farms on May 21st.