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Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens

Saturday, October 28, 8:00pm
at Herbst Theatre

Rhiannon Giddens
Freedom Highway Series: Rhiannon Giddens  
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Rhiannon Giddens

Singer, violinist, banjo player, actress, GRAMMY-winner, founding member and front woman of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens returns with music from her latest Nonesuch album, Freedom Highway. The Greensboro, North Carolina native has assimilated a rich diversity of music traditions over her career, from the country songs of her youth and the world of opera she was immersed in at Ohio’s Oberlin Conservatory to Celtic music and the gamut of African American song styles with roots in the Piedmont and the whole of the rural South. Born out of the success of the trio Sankofa Strings, Carolina Chocolate Drops have rightfully become a global phenomenon, and Giddens remains the group’s sole original member and driving force. The multi-instrumentalist made a memorable step outside the group with her show-stopping performance at producer T Bone Burnett’s 2013 Town Hall concert to celebrate the early ’60s folk revival that inspired the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, and Burnett was again on hand to produce Giddens’ GRAMMY-nominated full-length Nonesuch debut, Tomorrow is My Turn. With Freedom Highway, Giddens expands her sonic signature to include gospel, R&B, and traditional jazz, in a program of deep social commentary spanning songs of slavery and Civil Rights anthems to compositions decrying 21st century urban violence. Giddens won the 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass — the first female winner, as well as the first minority recipient — and is currently a cast member of the CMT drama Nashville.

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"A glorious voice, which merges an opera singer’s detail and a deep connection to Southern roots " — The New York Times
"Phenomenal vocal power, effortlessly jumping between gospel holler, tender folk song, and lachrymose country ballad " — The Guardian