- September 23, 2017
- Buskirk-Chumley Theater
- 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
- (812) 323-3020
- 8:00 PM
Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. Her elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy-nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.
In February, Giddens released her follow-up album, Freedom Highway, which includes 9 original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and the Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name.
Giddens’ recent televised performances include The Late Show and Austin City Limits. She performed for President Obama and the First Lady as part of PBS’s The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House, along with Aretha Franklin and Emmylou Harris. Giddens received both the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Singer of the Year and won the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo in 2016.
Giddens, who studied opera at Oberlin, makes her acting debut with a recurring role on the television drama Nashville, playing the role of Hanna Lee “Hallie” Jordan, a young social worker with “the voice of an angel.”