Married musicians Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck are releasing their first joint album.

The banjo players have been performing gigs together for nearly a decade, and they will mark their debut as a duo with a self-titled record, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, in October (14).

While the pair has previously played together in bluegrass band Sparrow Quartet, Fleck tells Rolling Stone they wanted to keep it simple with just the two of them on their upcoming record.

He explains, "We didn't want any other instruments on there, because we're into this idea that we're banjo players, and that should be enough. Sometimes, when you add other instruments, you take away from the ability of the banjo to show all its colours, which are actually quite beautiful."

Washburn and Fleck have been married since 2009, and they are parents to a 14-month-old son, Juno.