Sign up for newsletter
 

Giddens tours again

Monday, January 29, 2018 – Rhiannon Giddens said she would return to the road in support of her well-received disc, "Freedom Highway."

The touring starts in Brooklyn on Feb. 7 and winds up Aug. 15 in Chautauqua, N.Y.

Giddens also recently received the prestigious "MacArthur Fellowship." The MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the "MacArthur Genius Grant," is a five-year grant "to individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future" and includes a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant distributed over five years.

"I am just thrilled to announce that I have been named a MacArthur Foundation fellow. So many things I want to do - but the first thing is to thank whoever nominated and supported me for this grant - it means the world to me, and to the projects I have been longing to do."

Giddens co-produced "Freedom Highway" with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Breaux Bridge, La. studio. The disc focuses on racial and political issues.

Tour dates are:
Feb. 7 - Brooklyn, NY - National Sawdust [with Lara Downes]
Feb. 9 - New York, NY - Irish Arts Center [Duo with Dirk Powell]
Feb. 10-11 New York, NY - Irish Arts Center [Duo with Dirk Powell]
Feb. 11 - New York, NY - Irish Arts Center [Duo with Dirk Powell]
Feb. 17 - Jackson, MS - Mississippi Museum of Art
Feb. 24 - New York, NY - Soundtrack '63 at The Apollo Theater
March 3 - New York, NY - Tibet House US Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall
March 25 - Los Angeles, CA - Women In Music Festival [with Lara Downes]
April 13 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Music Festival
April 14 - Raleigh, NC - PineCone Down Home Concert Series
April 15 - Greer, SC - The Spinning Jenny
April 17 - Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center
April 18 - Norfolk, VA - Virginia Arts Festival
April 19 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Sound Stage
April 23 - Tampa, FL - Ferguson Hall at The Straz Center
April 24 - Madison, GA - Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
April 25 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
April 27 - York, SC - McCelvey Center
April 28 - Wilkesboro, NC - MerleFest
May 14 - Ithaca, NY - Hangar Theatre
May 15 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
May 17 - Grand Rapids, MI - St. Cecelia Music Center
May 18 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
May 20 - Cincinnati, OH - Memorial Hall OTR
May 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Byham Theater
June 13 - Kennett Square, PA - Longwood Gardens
June 15 - Lowell, MA - Lowell Summers Music Series
June 20 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse
June 21 -Boothbay Harbor, ME - The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
June 22 - St. Johnsbury, VT - St. Johnsbury Academy
June 28 - Frankfort, KY - The Grand Theatre
June 29 - Owensboro, KY - ROMP Festival
Aug. 4 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Cambridge Folk Festival 2018
Aug. 5 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - Cherry Hinton Hill
Aug. 15 - Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Amphitheater [Duo with Francesco Turrisi)

Tickets for these new dates will go on sale on Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. local time.

More news for Rhiannon Giddens

CD reviews for Rhiannon Giddens

Freedom Highay CD review - Freedom Highay
Rhiannon Gidden's "Freedom Highway" takes an expansive look at the Black experience in America. "Better Get It Right the First Time" utilizes a gospel-y call and response format to tell the tragic story of a Black life that mattered. However, Giddens goes all the way back to slavery days for the lyrics to "At the Purchaser's Option." In between, "Birmingham Sunday" hearkens back to the Civil Rights movement and that relatively recent fight for freedom. »»»
Factory Girl CD review - Factory Girl
As a follow up of sorts to her superb solo debut, "Tomorrow Is My Turn," "Factory Girl," a five song vinyl EP released for Record Store Day, doesn't exactly expand any parameters, but does showcase Rhiannon Giddens' remarkable dexterity as both an artist and interpreter of traditional melodies. Like an earlier work, 2009's "All the Pretty Horses" (recorded with Roger Gold and Mara Shea), it finds her covering a series of mostly obscure folk tunes, but »»»
Tomorrow is My Turn CD review - Tomorrow is My Turn
Rhiannon Giddens is best known for her role in Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the album "Tomorrow Is My Turn" gives the soulful singer ample opportunity to stretch out on a wide range of cover songs. Produced by T Bone Burnett, a man that knows his way around Americana music, this album is a wonderful showcase for Giddens' talent. To state the obvious, Giddens has a flexible singing voice. She shows this off by going from the soulful "Last Kind Words" to the thumping »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: For The Jayhawks, it's the music first and foremost – The uninitiated may have thought The Jayhawks were going the covers route in concert by playing "Everybody Knows" or Jakob Dylan's "Gonna Be a Darkness" from the HBO show "True Blood." But that wouldn't quite be accurate because The Jayhawks are touring behind "Back Roads and Abandoned Motels,"... »»»
Concert Review: Wilson goes to Liner Notes – Rita Wilson took an unusual approach to supporting her solo album, "Bigger Picture." Rather than hog the spotlight, Wilson, better known for being an actress than a singer, shared the stage with three accomplished songwriters for a good old-fashioned guitar pull. She's calling these concerts "Liner Notes" because they introduce... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Tyminski goes dark Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»
Washburn, Fleck create "Echoes" Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else.... »»»
Hillman bides his time Legends don't come any more legendary than Chris Hillman. The roll call of bands that comprises Hillman's half century in music reads like a wing exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, the Desert Rose Band,... »»»
Desperate Man CD review - Desperate Man
While Eric Church has set the bar high with his previous studio albums, "Desperate Man" is right up there with his best and may just be his most accomplished effort to date. Church continues to write memorable songs »»»
Earls of Leicester Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame CD review - Earls of Leicester Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame
To suggest The Earls of Leicester are bluegrass royalty is no false decree. Unlike other self - proclaimed members of the traditional hierarchy - kings, queens, dukes and such - this sextet comes by the honor naturally: it's their name! »»»
Holler CD review - Holler
Amy Ray's lovely, commanding, southern voice is just one strength in what might be her best solo album to date, "Holler." Her well-crafted songs range from haunting to uplifting to indigenously Southern in all its glory and duality. »»»
Cry Pretty CD review - Cry Pretty
Carrie Underwood's life was reading straight from the storybooks: one of the few American Idol Winners with ongoing success; a professional athlete for a husband; a beautiful baby boy. The string of great fortune turned sharply in 2017, »»»
My Way CD review - My Way
Not one to rest on his laurels, Willie Nelson's second studio release of the calendar year finds the artist dipping back into the Great American Songbook. Previous collections, including 1978's stellar Stardust, 2009's "American Classic" and 2016's "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin," established Nelson as one of the finest modern interpreters of American standards.  »»»
Let It Pass CD review - Let It Pass
This is the swan song for The Stray Birds unfortunately, but at least they are parting with another musical triumph. This record barely got made as founding members, fiddler/guitarist/banjoist/vocalist Maya de Vitry and fiddle/guitarist/ »»»