Singer/songwriter Laura Veirs and banjo player Abigail Washburn don't sound a thing like each other. And yet they share a very peculiar set of coincidental circumstances. Veirs grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., where her father taught at Colorado College -- which Washburn attended. And Washburn studied (and sings in) Mandarin Chinese, a language Veirs also studied in college.
"Yeah, we're like each other's dopplegangers," Veirs said with a laugh in a recent phone chat. "There's a whole lot of things -- Colorado College, Mandarin Chinese, we both play banjo. The list goes on."