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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.

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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
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Concert Review: Earle does it well all over again – Justin Townes Earle is back. Not that he had gone anywhere too far away. Less than four months ago, he performed a similarly styled solo acoustic show across the river in Boston at the City Winery. So, once again, this was the chance for Earle to showcase his bevy of very good material, leaning heavily towards a bluesy side, with his interest in... »»»
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