Newswire: Exclusive: The new Béla Fleck EP will feature “The Final Countdown” and more

If you’ve been paying attention to this year’s A.V. Undercover series, then you almost certainly saw “The Final Countdown,” a dual-banjo version of Europe’s classic power ballad covered by Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Even though Fleck had never heard the song before, they did a remarkable job translating it to their chosen instruments. “‘The Final Countdown’ was a song that I had somehow missed,” Fleck told us. “I guess I was pretty busy in the ’80s! But it was brand new to me, and it seemed rather unlikely that anyone would get excited about us covering it. But Abby believed it would be a great thing for us to do, and as usual, she was right.”

“‘The Final Countdown’ is one of the most powerful earworms in the history of the universe,” Washburn told us. “Béla and I would find ourselves humming it before bed …

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