Rhiannon Giddens Brings Buzz To Durham

Sometimes musical artists find themselves at the intersection of critical acclaim and blossoming popularity. Rhiannon Giddens owns that space right now — and she’s coming to the Carolina Theatre of Durham on April 2.

Giddens’ latest release, Tomorrow Is My Turn, dropped to favorable coverage on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times and more. The new album features Giddens, the lead singer of the traditional string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, covering exceptional female voices who have influenced her vocal style, including Patsy Cline, Nina Simone and Dolly Parton.

Giddens told NPR that she sought to make her version of Simone’s “Black Is The Color” unique:

Well, as I was looking at these versions of "Black Is the Color," even the one that Sheila Kay sang, I was like, 'This is not speaking to me.' I love the song, I love the idea of it, but the part that I loved about the song was sort of that idea of love. That line that I took to add to my words was, "I'll kiss his mouth 10,000 times" — I mean, that kills me. That line is just, you know, I kind of love that part of it, not the sort of sad, mourn-and-weep idea. I didn't even really think about it that hard. I just thought, "I'll just write. You know, this has been done a million times, so I can take it in a different direction. I'll just write some verses." And it just came out.

Giddens also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman in February. She delivered a dazzling rendition of “Waterboy” - the traditional American folk song composed by Jacques Wolfe, but popularized by Odetta in the 1950s.

Watch Giddens perform in the video below, and — trust us — get your tickets now if you want to see the show in Durham on April 2.

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