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Freedom Highway

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Rhiannon Giddens first appeared on my radar on the TV show “Nashville,” where she plays Hallie Jordan. Like so many of the musicians appearing on that show, she immediately struck me as very talented, but there was something a little bit extra special about her. I’m not typically a fan of fast vibrato, but Giddens’ not only didn’t bother me, it kept me coming back for more. I realized it’s because her voice sounds like it’s from another time.

Primarily known as the lead singer, violinist, banjo player and a founding member of the Grammy-winning country, blues and old-time music band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens just dropped her second solo album, “Freedom Highway,” and it’s an absolute joy. The album is an exploration of the complicated, convoluted relationships people of African descent have with the history of slavery, with white America, and even with banjo music.

“This instrument right here, born in Africa, but then made in America and then altered by white America — that’s the story of so much of our music.”

Giddens had a beautiful interview with NPR about the album. I really recommend you give it a read when you have the time.

You can follow Giddens on her website and her YouTube channel.

This is a brilliant version of one of my all-time favorite songs:

Giddens did a powerful Ted talk, too:

And here’s a live session with the Carolina Chocolate Drops:

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

3 thoughts on “Freedom Highway

  1. I had never heard of her – or heard her. She has a lovely, clear, folksy voice. If I was coming to the music fresh and without any visuals, I would have thought these were from an earlier decade as they have that “bygone”, vintage quality to them. I am quite a fan of folk music so I will need to give her stuff more of a listen and see what I think. Thanks for exposing me to new music.

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  2. She is such a wonderful person and has a brilliant voice. I’m stunned that I just got to know her now because of your post. Thank’s a lot for sharing this. Great !

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