Thanks I figured it out after watching the reading and encoding process carefully.
It just wouldn't be Tuesday if I didn't have yet another question. I am using the following formats in my .abcde.conf file.
The OUTPUTFORMAT and VAOUTPUTFORMAT seem to be honored by abcde, but it seems like the PLAYLISTFORMAT and VAPLAYLISTFORMAT are sticking to the defaults in the bash script. Since, I'm new to understanding abcde and it function, could there be a bug in the script? For example after ripping the CD "Comfort Eagle" by the artist CAKE, I get the following in my music folder.
Do the constructed playlists really matter? Could I move them into the proper folders myself?
bob@Basement:~$ ls -R /home/xbmc/Music/mp3/CAKE*
01.Opera Singer.mp3 07.Comfort Eagle.mp3
02.Meanwhile, Rick James....mp3 08.Long Line Of Cars.mp3
03.Shadow Stabbing.mp3 09.Love You Madly.mp3
04.Short Skirt_Long Jacket.mp3 10.Pretty Pink Ribbon.mp3
05.Commissioning A Symphony In C.mp3 11.World Of Two.mp3
06.Arco Arena (Instrumental).mp3