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Rhiannon Giddens – Look Out For Her Music

Did a blog on Rhiannon Giddens a while back. She is headed for the big time now.

And no…Her music is not traditional R&B – it predates it, and is based around black music as it was in the late 1800’s. A mescalin mix of souls, gospel, and country.


Already bought tickets for the Tour stop in my area!

Watch: Rhiannon Giddens Featured on “CBS Sunday Morning”

Rhiannon Giddens was the subject of a feature profile on CBS Sunday Morning. Giddens spoke with Sunday Morning contributor Martha Teichner about her life in music, as a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and following the release of her T Bone Burnett-produced solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, on Nonesuch Records in February 2015.

The segment opens with Rhiannon Giddens’ show-stopping performance at the one-night-only, multi-artist concert Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. “How often can you witness a moment that changes a career?” Teichner asks. “Giddens was like a musical explosion onstage. What happened next was like an explosion in her life.”

The program goes on to examine the monumental months that have followed that performance, joining Giddens and her family during a recent leg of her tour for Tomorrow Is My Turn, which has been nominated for a Grammy Award, and looking at the musical road that brought her here.

You can watch the CBS Sunday Morning piece below.

To pick up a copy of Tomorrow Is My Turn and Rhiannon Giddens’s recent EP Factory Girl, visit the Nonesuch Store, where you can also find music by Carolina Chocolate Drops. To find out where Rhiannon Giddens’ tour takes her in the coming months, visit

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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Music, From Way Back When to Now


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New Music – Madisen Ward and the Momma Bear

Black folks are very deep in the roots of Folk Music in America. All the way back to the beginning.

What is interesting is that we are beginning to see more artists explore those roots with new music. In terms that one of my goals is to introduce non-traditional (R&B/Hip-Hop/Jazz) music to those who visit my site, I’d like to introduce (to anyone who doesn’t know) Madisen Ward and Momma Bear, a Mother-Son duo…

Here they Cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”

And their own “Yellow Taxi”

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear will perform on NBC’s Today on Monday, November 23rd. The mother-son folk duo from Kansas City are currently on the road touring their debut album ‘Skeleton Crew’ and are confirmed to play two sold out shows at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on December 30th and 31st on New Years Eve. The album which was released this past spring, has been praised by NPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, The Tennessean and more:

“There’s sweetness to Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear’s music that makes me smile, and then there’s so much more” – Bob Boilen, NPR

“This is an album that will stay in your vinyl collection for a long, long time.” – Paste, 25 Best Albums of 2015 (So Far)

“50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2015” – Rolling Stone


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Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now


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