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Marty Stuart’s 16th Annual Late Night Jam

25 Apr 2017

Rhiannon is performing at Marty Stuart’s 16th Annual Late Night Jam at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on June 7th.

Tickets available now.

View all tour dates here.

New Show: San Francisco, CA | July 20

17 Apr 2017

New Show: San Francisco, CA | July 20 image

Rhiannon will be performing with the San Francisco Symphony in San Francisco, CA at Davies Symphony Hall on July 20th.

Tickets are available now

View all tour dates here.

New Show: Milwaukee, WI | June 13

17 Apr 2017

New Show: Milwaukee, WI | June 13 image

Rhiannon & the band will be playing in Milwaukee, WI at Turner Hall Ballroom on June 13th.

Tickets are available Friday, April 21 at 10am local time

View all tour dates here.

MIM Music Theater Matinee

6 Apr 2017

MIM Music Theater Matinee image

Due to overwhelming demand, Rhiannon & the band have added a matinee performance in Phoenix, AZ at the MIM Music Theater on April 30th at 4pm!

Tickets available now here.

View all tour dates here.

Folk Songs

6 Apr 2017

Folk Songs  image

Rhiannon is featured on the upcoming Kronos Quartet album Folk Songs, out June 9th on Nonesuch Records.

The album consists of traditional tunes with contemporary arrangements.

Pre-order Folks Songs on LP/CD or from iTunes.

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

4 Apr 2017

Rhiannon & the band will be playing in Ann Arbor, MI at Power Center for the Performing Arts for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival on June 14th.

Tickets available Monday, April 10th at 9am ET.

View all tour dates here.

NEW SHOW: Nashville, TN | September 24

31 Mar 2017

NEW SHOW: Nashville, TN | September 24 image

Rhiannon will be playing in Nashville, TN at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on September 24th.

Tickets available Friday, April 7 at 10am local time

View all tour dates here.

"Following The North Star" Live From The Studio

16 Mar 2017

Watch "Following the North Star" live from the studio now.

Directed by Harvey K. Robinson

Filmed at The Cypress House in Breaux Bridge, LA

Get Freedom Highway now on CD/LP from the Official Shop, CD/LP/HD/FLAC from the Nonesuch Store or download from iTunes.

Listen on Spotify and Apple Music now.

Funhouse Fest

13 Mar 2017

Rhiannon will be playing in Williamsburg, VA at Funhouse Fest on June 25th.

Tickets available Friday, March 17th.

View all tour dates here.

"Come Love Come" Live From The Studio

9 Mar 2017

Watch "Come Love Come" live from the studio now.

Rhiannon Giddens performs her song "Come Love Come" from her 2017 album, Freedom Highway. Filmed at the Breaux Bridge, LA, studio of multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, with whom she co-produced the album.

Directed by Harvey K. Robinson
Filmed at The Cypress House in Breaux Bridge, LA

Get Freedom Highway now on CD/LP from the Official Shop, CD/LP/HD/FLAC from the Nonesuch Store or download from iTunes.

Listen on Spotify and Apple Music now.

Freedom Highway: Behind-The-Scenes

2 Mar 2017

Watch the new video about the making of Freedom Highway now.

Rhiannon co-produced the new album with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, studio, with the bulk of recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War, over an intense eight-day period.

"It's so personal. But it's not just personal in the way that these are my stories. It's personal in that ... it's a huge chunk of my soul." -- Rhiannon

Directed by Harvey K. Robinson

Filmed at The Cyprus House in Breaux Bride, LA

Get Freedom Highway now on CD/LP from the Official Shop, CD/LP/HD/FLAC from the Nonesuch Store or download from iTunes.

Listen on Spotify and Apple Music now.

New Show: Los Angeles, CA | October 25

28 Feb 2017

New Show: Los Angeles, CA | October 25 image

Rhiannon will be playing in Los Angeles, CA at Walt Disney Concert Hall on October 25th.

Tickets available August 27th.

View all tour dates here.

Freedom Highway: Out Now!

24 Feb 2017

"Know thy history. Let it horrify you; let it inspire you. Let it show you how the future can look, for nothing in this world has not come around before. These songs are based on slave narratives from the 1800s, African American experiences of the last century, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Voices demanding to be heard, to impart the hard-earned wisdom of a tangled, difficult, complicated history; we just try to open the door and let them through." -- Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon's new studio album Freedom Highway is out now

Get it on iTunes and on CD and vinyl from Amazon, Rhiannon's Shop, and the Nonesuch Store, where you can also get the HD digital album.

Listen on Spotify and Apple Music now.

FREEDOM HIGHWAY

1.  At The Purchaser’s Option
2.  The Angels Laid Him Away
3.  Julie
4.  Birmingham Sunday
5.  Better Get It Right The First Time
6.  We Could Fly
7.  Hey Bebe
8.  Come Love Come
9.  The Love We Almost Had
10. Baby Boy
11. Following The North Star
12. Freedom Highway

Co-produced by Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell

Freedom Highway Tour

21 Feb 2017

Rhiannon is pleased to announce new tour dates on the Freedom Highway Tour! 

April 29 | Tucson, AZ | Rialto Theatre
April 30 | Phoenix, AZ | MIM Music Theater
May 2 | Albuquerque, NM | National Hispanic Cultural Center
May 3 | Dallas, TX | The Kessler Theater
May 6 | Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse 
May 7 | Chapel Hill, NC | Memorial Hall 
May 9 | Washington, DC | Lincoln Theatre
May 14 | Philadelphia, PA | World Café Live Downstairs 
June 8 | Greensboro, NC | Carolina Theatre
June 10 | Louisville, KY | KCD Theater
June 23 | Roanoke, VA | Shaftman Perfromance Hall 
July 28 | Chautauqua, NY | Chautauqua Amphitheater 
August 6 | Albany, NY | The Egg
August 8 | Annapolis, MD | Ram’s Head On Stage
August 9 | Raleigh, NC | North Carolina Museum of Art

Tickets available on Friday, February 24th at 10am local. View all tour dates and ticket links here.

Newport Folk Festival

17 Feb 2017

Newport Folk Festival image

Rhiannon is performing at the sold out Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI on July 30th!

More info here. View all tour dates here.

Freedom Highway: NPR First Listen

16 Feb 2017

Rhiannon's new album, Freedom Highway, is out Friday, February 24th— and you can hear it now on NPR First Listen!

Pre-order Freedom Highway on iTunes, Amazon, Rhiannon's Shop, or the Nonesuch Store now. 

Australia w/ Bonnie Raitt

15 Feb 2017

Australia w/ Bonnie Raitt image

Pleased to announce that Rhiannon Giddens will support Bonnie Raitt in Australia!

April 7 | Sydney | State Theatre
April 10 | Melbourne | Hamer Hall

Tickets available now. View all tour dates here.

Factory Girl EP

10 Feb 2017

Rhiannon's five-song EP Factory Girl, released digitally and on vinyl in late 2015, is now available for the first time on CD.

Recorded during the T Bone Burnett-produced sessions for her solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, it includes songs written or made famous by musical heroes Ethel Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharp; a song co-written by Rhiannon; a traditional Gaelic mouth music tune; and the title track, a traditional Irish song for which Rhiannon wrote additional lyrics. The EP is up for two Grammy Awards this Sunday: Best American Roots Performance and Best Folk Album!

To pick up a copy of Factory Girl on CD, head to Amazon, Rhiannon's Shop, or the Nonesuch Store now.

1. That Lonesome Road (Traditional, arr. Sister Rosetta Tharpe) 3:06 

2. Mouth Music (Traditional, arr. Rhiannon Giddens) 2:51 

3. Moonshiner's Daughter (Rhiannon Giddens / Lalenja Harrington / T Bone Burnett) 3:59 

4. Underneath the Harlem Moon (Gordon Mack / Ethel Waters) 3:50 

5. Factory Girl (Traditional / Rhiannon Giddens) 6:59

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

10 Feb 2017

Rhiannon & the band are performing in Lyons, CO at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival on August 18th!

Tickets available now here.

View all tour dates here.

HEY BÉBÉ

3 Feb 2017

"This song was inspired by listening to a whole lot of early Creole music star Amédé Ardoin. I only had one verse when I went to record Freedom Highway with Dirk Powell down in Louisiana -- he helped me finish the lyrics and here we are! The bass, drums, and stand-up bass were recorded all in one room ... and Alphonso Horne added his genius trumpet to it all as well as Desireé Champagne on rubboard. Dedicated to the Zydeco dance at O'Darby's pub in Carencro, LA, and Leroy Thomas and his band." -- Rhiannon Giddens

Listen to the new song "Hey Bébé" now on YouTube or Spotify!

Pre-order Freedom Highway on iTunes, Rhiannon's Shop, or the Nonesuch Store to download "Hey Bébé," "At the Purchaser's Option" and the title track now.

New album available everywhere February 24, 2017.

Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

1 Feb 2017

Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill image

Rhiannon is please to announce that she will be main support for the Soul2Soul tour with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill from July 21-23.

July 21 | Glendale, AZ | Gila River Arena | Tickets
July 22 | Ontario, CA | Citizens Business Bank Arena | Tickets
July 23 | San Diego, CA | Valley View Casino Center | Tickets

Tickets are available now.

Check out all tour dates here.

Newport Jazz Festival at The International Tennis Hall of Fame

30 Jan 2017

Rhiannon is performing at the Newport Jazz Festival at The International Tennis Hall of Fame on August 4th!

Tickets on sale Wednesday, February 1st at 10am EST.

View all tour dates here.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

27 Jan 2017

Rhiannon & the band are performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 5th!

Tickets available now here.

View all tour dates here.

Chicago Blues Festival

24 Jan 2017

Chicago Blues Festival image

Rhiannon & the band are performing at the 34th Annual Chicago Blues Festival on June 11th!

Free admission!

Learn more about the show here.

New Show: Concord, NH | March 4th

24 Jan 2017

New Show: Concord, NH | March 4th image

Rhiannon & Dirk Powell added a duo tour date in Concord, NH at The Capitol Center for the Arts on March 4, 2017.

Tickets available Friday, January 27th here.

View all tour dates here.

New Duo Tour Dates

18 Jan 2017

Rhiannon & Dirk Powell are pleased to announce new duo tour dates:

March 2 | Turner Falls, MA | Shea Theater | Tickets
March 3 | Hudson, NY | Club Helsinki | Tickets
March 5 | Hartford, CT | Infinity Hall | Tickets

Tickets for Turner Falls & Hartford available on January 19th. Tickets for Hudson available now.

Check out all tour dates here.

At The Purchaser’s Option

13 Jan 2017

Last year I came across an advertisement from the 1830s for a young woman; thinking about her, and how she had to maintain her humanity against horrific odds inspired this song named for the end of the ad: 'She has with her a 9-month old baby, who is at the purchaser's option.'  - Rhiannon

Listen to Rhiannon Giddens’ new song “At The Purchaser’s Option” now on YouTube & Spotify.

Pre-order her upcoming album Freedom Highway now to receive instant downloads of “At The Purchaser’s Option” & “Freedom Highway” on CD/LP from the Shop, Nonesuch Store or iTunes. New album available everywhere February 24, 2017.

At The Purchaser's Option (Rhiannon Giddens/Joey Ryan)

I have a babe but shall I keep him
'Twill come the day when I'll be weepin'
But how can I love him any less
This little babe upon my breast

You can take my body
You can take my bones
You can take my blood
But not my soul

I've got a body dark and strong
I was young but not for long
You took me to bed a little girl
Left me in a woman's world

Day by day I work the line
Every minute overtime
Fingers nimble, fingers quick
My fingers bleed to make you rich

Summer Festivals

9 Jan 2017

Rhiannon has announced two new shows:

June 9 | Spoleto Festival | Charleston, SC
June 24 | American Roots Music Festival | Katonah, NY

Tickets available for Spoleto Festival on January 18th & American Roots Music Festival on January 23rd.

View all tour dates here.

New Show: Baton Rouge, LA | January 19th

30 Dec 2016

New Show: Baton Rouge, LA | January 19th image

Rhiannon is performing as a duo with Dirk Powell in Baton Rouge, LA at the Dyson House Listening Room on January 19, 2017.

Tickets available now.

View all tour dates here.

Freedom Highway

8 Dec 2016

“Know thy history. Let it horrify you; let it inspire you. Let it show you how the future can look, for nothing in this world has not come around before. These songs are based on slave narratives from the 1800s, African American experiences of the last century, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and headlines from streets of Ferguson and Baltimore today. Voices demanding to be heard, to impart the hard-earned wisdom of a tangled, difficult, complicated history; we just try to open the door and let them through.” — Rhiannon Giddens

Pre-order Rhiannon's new studio album Freedom Highway on vinyl, CD or as a digital download.

Receive an instant download of the title track when you pre-order the album.

Limited-edition prints signed by Rhiannon are available with pre-orders at Rhiannon's Shop and the Nonesuch Store.

New album available everywhere February 24, 2017.

FREEDOM HIGHWAY

1.  At The Purchaser’s Option
2.  The Angels Laid Him Away
3.  Julie
4.  Birmingham Sunday
5.  Better Get It Right The First Time
6.  We Could Fly
7.  Hey Bebe
8.  Come Love Come
9.  The Love We Almost Had
10. Baby Boy
11. Following The North Star
12. Freedom Highway

Co-produced by Rhiannon Giddens & Dirk Powell

The Music of Aretha Franklin

8 Dec 2016

Rhiannon is performing at The Music of Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 6, 2017.

The show features house band Antibalas as well as special guests Melissa Etheridge, Kenny Loggins, Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren, Sarah Dash, Glen Hansard, Taj Mahal, Living Colour, Allen Stone and Bettye LaVette with many expected to be announced in the coming months.

Tickets available now. 100% of the proceeds will go to music education organizations. Learn more here.

Australia Sideshows

6 Dec 2016

In addition to performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest, Rhiannon is pleased to announce two headline sideshows in Australia!

April 8 | Sydney | Factory Theatre
April 11 | Melbourne | Corner Hotel

Tickets available now. View all tour dates here.

The Freedom Highway Tour 2017

5 Dec 2016

Rhiannon is pleased to announce The Freedom Highway Tour in 2017! 

March 23 | Paris, France | Ducs des Lombards Jazz Club
March 25 | Amsterdam, Holland | Amstelkerk
March 26 | Brussels, Belgium | AB Club
March 27 | Hamburg, Germany | Mojo
March 29 | Cologne, Germany | Gloria
March 30 | London, England | Union Chapel
March 31 | Cambridge, England | Junction
April 2 | Edinburgh, Scotland | Queens Hall
April 3 | Dublin, Ireland | Whelans

Tickets available Friday, December 9th at 9am CET. Stay tuned for ticket links.

View all tour dates here.

New Show: Somerville, MA | May 11th

30 Nov 2016

New Show: Somerville, MA | May 11th image

Rhiannon is performing in Somerville, MA at the Somerville Theatre on May 11, 2017.

Tickets available now.

View all tour dates here.

Stagecoach 2017

14 Nov 2016

Rhiannon is performing at Stagecoach in Indio, CA on April 28th!

Passes available Friday, November 18th at 11am PST.

View all tour dates here.

Freedom Highway (ft. Bhi Bhiman)

10 Nov 2016

I am a daughter of the South; of the white working class, of the black working class; of the Democrat, and the Republican; of the gay, and the straight; and I can tell you one thing—we are far more alike than we are different. We cannot let hate divide us; we cannot let ignorance diminish us; we cannot let those whose greed fills their every waking hour take our country from us. They can't take U.S. from US—unless we let them. I recorded this with Bhi Bhiman, all-American singer-songwriter from St. Louis, whose parents are from Sri Lanka. America's strength are her people, whether they came 4,000, 400, or 40 years ago, and we can't leave anyone behind. Let's walk down Freedom Highway together. Written by Pops Staples in 1965

Bluesfest 2017

10 Nov 2016

Rhiannon is performing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Australia in April 2017.

Tickets available now. View all tour dates here.

American Song Book | 5.13.17

1 Nov 2016

American Song Book | 5.13.17 image

Rhiannon Giddens will perform at Alice Tully Hall in New York City on May 13, 2017, giving Lincoln Center's American Songbook series' season-closing concert. 

Tickets for the American Songbook series go on sale to Friends of Lincoln Center on November 7 and will be available to the public on November 14. To learn more, please click here.

The 19th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Bill Murray

27 Oct 2016

The 19th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Bill Murray image

Rhiannon was honored to perform at The 19th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor: Bill Murray at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Watch the broadcast on Friday, October 28th at 9p/8c on PBS.

Mountain Stage

13 Oct 2016

Listen to Rhiannon's set from Mountain Stage now via NPR!

Set List
    1.    Pretty Bird
    2.    Julie
    3.    At The Purchaser's Option
    4.    Black Annie
    5.    Georgia Buck
    6.    Lights In The Valley


Austin City Limits

4 Oct 2016

Austin City Limits image

Watch Rhiannon on Austin City Limits on Saturday, October 8th!

Learn more about the broadcast here.

Rhiannon Joins Eric Church on The Tonight Show

13 Sep 2016

Watch Rhiannon & Eric Church perform "Kill A Word” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon here

New Shows: California Dates with Dirk Powell

12 Sep 2016

New Shows: California Dates with Dirk Powell image

Rhiannon announced four new California shows as a duo with Dirk Powell in November.

November 14 | Chico, CA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Company | Tickets available 10/16
November 15 | Petaluma, CA | Mystic Theatre | Tickets available 9/16
November 16 | Palo Alto, CA | Bing Concert Hall | SOLD OUT
November 17 | Grass Valley, CA | The Center for the Arts | Tickets available 9/16
November 18 | San Luis Obispo, CA | Fremont Theater | Tickets available 9/16

View all dates here.

Merkin Concert Hall

27 Jul 2016

Merkin Concert Hall image

Rhiannon is performing solo with pianist Spencer Myer in New York, NY at the Merkin Concert Hall on September 12th.

Tickets available now.

Allen Toussaint's 'American Tunes' Out Now

10 Jun 2016

It was the experience of a lifetime getting to record with Allen Toussaint- little did I know it was not destined to be repeated. I will always remember his graciousness and beauty of spirit in addition to his incredible talent...I'm grateful to Joe Henry for calling me in and letting me be in Allen's world, if only for a moment. - RG

Get Allen Toussaint’s new album American Tunes now on CD, LP, or iTunes.

New Shows: Texas and North Carolina

24 May 2016

Rhiannon will be performing in Texas and North Carolina in September and on New Year's Eve, respectively.

September 23 | Austin, TX | McCullough Theatre at University of Texas at Austin | Tickets available soon
December 31 | Winston-Salem, NC | Winston-Salem Symphony | Tickets available soon

View all dates here.

Photo credit: Daniel Costin

Bing Concert Hall

18 May 2016

Rhiannon is performing with Dirk Powell in Stanford, CA at Bing Concert Hall on November 16th!

Tickets available to the public on June 14.

For more details, please click here.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Rhiannon Giddens Named Folk Singer of the Year

27 Apr 2016

Congratulations to Rhiannon for being named Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards! Rhiannon is the first American artist to win this award.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Broadcast

27 Apr 2016

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Broadcast image

Rhiannon Giddens has been nominated for Folk Singer of the Year at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which takes place tonight, Wednesday, Apr 27, and is broadcasting live on BBC Radio 2 from London’s Royal Albert Hall at 19:30 GMT (2:30 p.m. ET).

Rhiannon is attending the awards, and she will also perform live on BBC Radio 2 – Simon Mayo Drivetime. 

Silk Road Ensemble's 'Sing Me Home' Out Now

22 Apr 2016

Silk Road Ensemble's 'Sing Me Home' Out Now image

Rhiannon Giddens joined Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on their new album Sing Me Home.

Available now: iTunes | Amazon | Google Play

You can check out the video for "St. James Infirmary Blues" here.

Austin City Limits Taping to Stream Live

19 Apr 2016

Watch the live stream from Rhiannon's ACL taping on April 25th at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin.

Allen Toussaint's Final Recording 'American Tunes'

14 Apr 2016

Allen Toussaint's Final Recording 'American Tunes' image

So unbelievably proud to have been a part of what turned out to be Allen Toussaint's final recording. He was a beautiful soul, a consummate gentleman, and an artist of the highest degree. Many many thanks to Joe Henry for inviting me to be a part of this.

And here are the pre-order links: CD | LP | iTunes

All three pre-orders include an instant download of the album track "Big Chief." Nonesuch Store pre-orders include an exclusive print as well.

You can see the album trailer here, and listen to the audio for "Big Chief" here

Infinity Hall Live Episode

8 Apr 2016

Watch Rhiannon Giddens’ full performance from Infinity Hall now.

North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame

7 Mar 2016

North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame image

I'm so honored to be part of the 2016 class of inductees into the NC Music Hall of Fame!  Being from North Carolina has been such a big part of what I do and will remain so for the rest of my life; being a mentee of Joe Thompson and starting the Carolina Chocolate Drops along with Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson are among the things of my life that I am most proud of.  Happy to be in such good company as the Avett Brothers, David Holt, my fellow Chocolate Drops, and other fine musicians.  Carolina forever!

Austin City Limits

1 Mar 2016

Austin City Limits image

TV ALERT: Rhiannon Giddens will tape a performance for Austin City Limits on PBS on April 25th!

To learn more, including to attend the taping, please click here.

Silk Road Ensemble

22 Feb 2016

What a dream come true- recording with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble- we had a blast putting a unique twist on St James Infirmary- check it out!!!

New Shows: North Carolina Dates in April

22 Feb 2016

Rhiannon will be performing three North Carolina dates this April.

April 10 | Charlotte, NC | McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square | Tickets available 2/26
April 11 | Greensboro, NC | Carolina Theatre | Tickets available 2/26
April 12 | Asheville, NC | Diana Wortham Theatre | Tickets available 2/26

View all dates here.

Photo by Melinda Oswandel

Folk Alliance International

18 Feb 2016

Folk Alliance International image

So honored to receive Album Of The Year for Tomorrow Is My Turn from the good folks at Folk Alliance International!

Download the album now on iTunes or get the CD/LP.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

10 Feb 2016

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards image

Rhiannon has beened nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Folk Singer of the Year!

The awards ceremony will take place on April 27th.

To learn more, please click here.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

19 Jan 2016

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival image

Rhiannon is performing at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Sunday, April 24th.

Tickets available now. View all tour dates here.

Blue Note Tokyo

14 Jan 2016

Rhiannon is performing in Tokyo, Japan at Blue Note on March 14th & 15th!

There are two performances each night: 6:30pm & 9:00pm.

Tickets available now.

TED2016

12 Jan 2016

TED2016 image

Rhiannon will be performing at this year’s TED2016 conference in Vancouver on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 5:00pm-6:45pm PST.

Read all the details here.
 

CBS Sunday Morning

8 Jan 2016

CBS Sunday Morning image

"CBS Sunday Morning spent a weekend with me, my family, and my band and crew in the middle of an insane tour - can't wait to see what they put together!  I seem to remember a quadricycle...will it make it in!?!?!?"

Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning on January 10th for a special segment on Rhiannon. To find your local broadcast time, please click here.

Jools Holland's Hootenanny

16 Dec 2015

UK! Tune into Jools Holland's Hootenanny on BBC Two on December 31st for a special performance by Rhiannon.|

Learn more here.

La Vie en Rose

18 Nov 2015

This is for Paris, and Beirut, and Kenya, and Charleston, and so many others; for countless innocent people devastated by terrorism- which is just a word for organized hatred and inhumanity.  We have to keep seeing the world in shades of rose- we have to keep hoping for peace and working for change and believing that with our art, our love, our knowledge, and most of all, our empathy and understanding for our fellow human beings, we can make a difference. -- Rhiannon

Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience featuring: Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman & Leyla McCalla

28 Oct 2015

In celebration of Black History Month in 2016, Rhiannon, Bhi Bhiman and Leyla McCalla present Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience.

February 24 | New York, NY | American Songbook Jazz at Lincoln Center | Tickets available 11/10
February 25 | Frederick, MD | Weinberg PAC | Get Tickets
February 26 | Washington, DC | George Washington University | Get Tickets

If you ignore history, you are doomed to repeat it – such the adage goes, and so goes truth.  The deep and tangled past of this country comes back to bite us on the regular – the more we can grapple with the way America was built the more hopeful the future grows.  The idea of the folk-singer, the protest singer, the singer-songwriter has become an icon of American resilience – but too often that voice is assumed to be white.  There is a strong history of protest, subversion and cultural resistance from the musicians of color throughout the history of the United States, from the original inhabitiants to recent immigrants. Led by Rhiannon, this concert will explore the songs of resistance of the South, both old and new, the deep history of protest songs from Leyla McCalla’s Haiti and Louisiana, and the modern outsider-looking-in observations of 1st generation American Bhi Bhiman.

Additional dates will be announced soon.

“Culture, they say, is a two-way street.” – Langston Hughes

David Holt's State of Music Live

28 Oct 2015

Rhiannon, Jason Sypher and Dirk Powell are performing on David Holt's State of Music Live in Cullowhee, NC on November 22nd.

For tickets, please click here.

Australia 2016

26 Oct 2015

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AUSTRALIA! Rhiannon has announced sideshows around her Byron Bay Bluesfest performance in 2016:

March 21 | Sydney, NSW | The Factory Theatre
March 23 | Melbourne, VIC | The Corner Hotel

Tickets available October 29th at 9am AEDT.


Shining A Light

22 Oct 2015

So excited to be in this concert- as artists we have to be a part of the conversation on race and social justice!

2016 UK/EU Tour

20 Oct 2015

New dates have just been announced in Europe and the UK for January and February, including several shows as part of Celtic Connections' Transatlantic Sessions!

January 20 | Gent, Belgium | Handelsbeurs
January 21 | Cologne, Belgium | Kulturkirche
January 22 | Berlin, Germany | Columbia Theatre
January 23 | Amsterdam, Netherlands | North Sea Jazz Club
January 25 | Paris, France | New Morning
January 27 | Glasgow, Scotland | Old Fruit Market
January 29 | Glasgow, Scotland | Royal Concert Hall ^
January 31 | Glasgow, Scotland | Royal Concert Hall ^
February 1 | London, England | Royal Festival Hall ^
February 2 | Birmingham, England | Symphony Hall ^
February 3 | Gateshead, England | Sage Gateshead ^
February 4 | Manchester, England | Bridgewater Hall ^
February 5 | Derry, Northern Ireland | Millennium ^

 ^ Celtic Connections' Transatlantic Sessions

Tickets available now.

Photo credit: Melinda Oswandel


Factory Girl

20 Oct 2015

Excited to announce that a new, five-song vinyl EP Factory Girl will be released on November 27 for Black Friday Record Store Day; a digital version will be available December 11.

Songs on the EP come from the same T Bone Burnett–produced sessions that brought Rhiannon Giddens’ solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn.

"These songs just missed being on the original album- not because they weren't good enough, but because it would have made Tomorrow Is My Turn too long. So happy they are being released!" -- RG

Black Is The Color: Music Video

2 Oct 2015

We all had such a great time filming this video for "Black Is the Color" and were so honored to set our story—an old love story rediscovered—on the campus of Fisk University, a Nashville HBCU that dates back to 1866. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were among the first African-American performance groups to tour America and Europe, and they single-handedly kept their school from closing its doors with the money they raised with their singing. — RG

Watch the new music video now via NPR Music!

She's Got You [Live at Aarhus Festival]

29 Sep 2015

I got the incredible opportunity to work with a wonderfully diverse group of musicians some weeks ago in at the Aarhus Festival in Denmark - Joe Henry (USA) on guitar, Tony Garnier (USA) on bass, Diego Schissi (Argentina) on piano and Gustaf Llunggren (Sweden) on pedal steel - for this version of 'She's Got You'. I love this version for the dynamics and the way we are all listening to each other with every fibre of our being. -- RG


"She's Got You" written by Hank Cochran

Tomorrow Is My Turn, featuring "She's Got You," is available now: iTunes // Vinyl // CD // Amazon // Spotify

Rhiannon Giddens, Patty Griffin And Shakey Graves—A Musical Conversation

25 Sep 2015

I had such a great time preparing these songs for this version of songs we love- and ann powers set up such a great conversation! So wonderful also to share the stage with patty griffin and shakey graves! -- RG

Read NPR's article on Americana Fest here.

Americana Honors & Awards Ceremony

16 Sep 2015

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Watch the live stream from the 2015 Americana Honors & Awards Ceremony tonight at 8pm ET via NPR.

Tomorrow Is My Turn is nominated for Album of the Year & Rhiannon is nominated for Artist of the Year!

New Shows: Tomorrow Is My Turn World Tour

14 Sep 2015

New dates have been added to the Tomorrow Is My Turn World Tour!

November 6 | New Buffalo, MI | Silver Creek Event Center
November 8 | Quebec City, QC | Theatre Petit Champlain
November 9 | Montreal, QC | La Tulipe
November 10 | Portland ME | Port City Music Hall
November 12 | Ithaca, NY | Hangar Theatre
November 13 | Beacon, NY | The Towne Crier
November 14 | Boothbay Harbor, ME | The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
November 15 | Plymouth, NH | The Flying Monkey
November 17 | Annapolis, MD | Rams Head On Stage
November 18 | Richmond, VA | The National
November 19 | Brookeville, NY | Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
November 20 | Wilmington, DE | The Grand Opera House

View all dates here.

Photo credit: Melinda Oswandel

Duo show with Dirk Powell

3 Sep 2015

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Rhiannon is pleased to announced a special duo show with Dirk Powell at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana on November 24th.

The event is one night only! Tickets available to the public on September 23rd.

For more details, please click here.

New Shows: Denmark, Alabama & North Carolina

6 Aug 2015

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Rhiannon & the band have announced more tour dates!

August 30 | Aarhus, Denmark | Atlas | Get Tix
September 23 | Opelika, AL | Opelika Center for the Performing Arts | Get Tix
September 24 | Boone, NC | Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts | Get Tix 8/17

Support for September 24th & 25th is Leyla McCalla

View all tour dates here.

Bluesfest Byron Bay

17 Jul 2015

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Rhiannon & the band are performing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, Australia in March 24-26, 2016.

The exact performance date will be announced soon. Tickets available now.

Cry No More

15 Jul 2015

The massacre at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, is just the latest in a string of racially charged events that have broken my heart. There are a lot of things to fix in this country, but history says if we don't address this canker, centuries in the making, these things will continue to happen. No matter what level privilege you have, when the system is broken everybody loses. We all have to speak up when injustice happens. No matter what. And music is one of the best ways I know to do so. -- Rhiannon

Watch the video for "Cry No More," a song Rhiannon wrote with her sister Lalenja Harrington in response to this tragedy, now via NPR. Rhiannon brought together friends and band members to film the video, directed by Harvey Robinson, at the United Congregational Church in her home town of Greensboro, North Carolina.


Up In Arms

8 Jul 2015

Hey y'all! Had a great time making this video with Bhi Bhiman for his great song "Up in Arms" - it's a timely message and a beautiful song. Enjoy! -- RG

New Shows: Tennessee

7 Jul 2015

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Rhiannon and the band have announced new tour dates in Tennessee!

October 6 | Chattanooga | Track 29 | Get Tix
October 7 | Nashville | Marathon Music Works | Get Tix
October 8 | Memphis | Minglewood Hall | Get Tix

Tickets available Friday, July 10th at 10am. View all tour dates here.

Paris Cancellation

1 Jul 2015

Due to the current industrial action at the port of Calais, Rhiannon Giddens, her band and crew are unable to reach Paris in time for the concert tonight (July 1st) at the New Morning venue. Therefore regrettably the artist has to cancel the concert. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

National Folk Festival | Greensboro, NC

25 Jun 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at the National Folk Festival in Greensboro, NC on September 11-13, 2015.

The event is free. The exact performance date will be announced soon. Please note that this is not a full band performance. Rhiannon will appear with Justin Robinson and her sister, Lalenja Giddens Harrington.

From Rhiannon: “It’s a nice opportunity to really focus on where I started and the music of North Carolina."

To learn more, please click here.

The Gospel Tradition: PBS Broadcast

25 Jun 2015

Rhiannon is performing at The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House on Friday, June 26th at 9p/8c on PBS stations nationwide and will be simulcast on cable channel TV One.

Watch her performance of “Up Above My Head” now!

NOLA & Pensacola

23 Jun 2015

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Rhiannon and the band have announced new shows!

October 3 | New Orleans, LA | Tipitina’s | Get Tix 6/26
October 4 | Pensacola, FL | Vinyl Music Club | Get Tix 6/26

View all tour dates here. Photo by Sheila McNair.

Shop

19 Jun 2015

Get the latest merch - including shirts, hoodies, totes, magnets and vinyl - in the new Shop now!

 

New Tour Dates!

17 Jun 2015

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Rhiannon and the band have announced new tour dates!
September 25 | Durham, NC | Page Auditorium | Get Tickets 6/23
September 30 | Birmingham, AL | Iron City | Get Tickets
October 2 | Austin, TX | Austin City Limits | Get Tickets
October 9 | Austin, TX | Austin City Limits | Get Tickets
October 11 | Kansas City, MO | Folly Theater | Get Tickets
October 14 | Ann Arbor, MI | The Ark | Get Tickets

Boulder, Wilmington & Bloomington

5 Jun 2015

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Rhiannon and the band have announced new shows:

August 13 | Boulder, CO | Chautauqua Auditorium | Get Tickets
September 28 | Wilmington, NC | Brooklyn Arts Center | Get Tickets
October 12 | Bloomington, IN | Buskirk-Chumley Theater | Get Tickets 6/15

View all tour dates here. Photo credit: Patrick Dunn





KINK Session

22 May 2015

Earlier this week, Rhiannon and the band stopped by the Skype Live Studio for a KINK session.

Watch performances of "Black Is The Color," "She's Got You," "Shake Sugaree" and "Waterboy" now! Check out her interview here.

The Lincoln Awards

18 May 2015

Watch Rhiannon on The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family on PBS on Friday, May 22nd at 9pm EST.

To learn more, please click here.

Lincoln Awards Highlights 150509 from Kelly Hernacki on Vimeo.

Acoustic Café

18 May 2015

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Listen to Rhiannon's session on Acoustic Café now!

Mountain Stage

15 May 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at Mountain Stage in Elkin, West Virginia on August 8.

With: The SteelDrivers and Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller

Tickets available now: click here. View all tour dates here.

2015 Americana Honors & Awards

14 May 2015

The Americana Music Association announced today its nominations for the 2015 Americana Honors & Awards!

Artist of the Year
Rhiannon Giddens
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Lucinda Williams
Lee Ann Womack

Album of the Year
Tomorrow Is My Turn - Rhiannon Giddens; Produced by T-Bone Burnett
And The War Came - Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone - Lucinda Williams; Produced by Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music - Sturgill Simpson; Produced by Dave Cobb
The Way I'm Livin' - Lee Ann Womack; Produced by Frank Liddell

Multi Instrumentalist of the Year
Hubby Jenkins
Laur Joamets
Greg Leisz
John Leventhal
Stuart Mathis

The Americana Honors & Awards will be held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on September 16, 2015. To learn more, please click here.

"We have worked very hard and regardless of whether we win or not it's a great feeling to be recognized by our peers." -- RG

2015 FirstGrass

13 May 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at 2015 FirstGrass in Mountain Village, CO on June 17th.

Free admission! To learn more, please click here.

New Tour Dates

11 May 2015

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June 20 | Yadkinville, NC | Willingham Theater | Get Tix
July 20 | Provincetown, MA | Provincetown Town Hall | Get Tix
July 21 | Rockport, MA | Shalin Liu Performance Center | Get Tix
August 14 | Arvada, CO | Arvada  Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater | Get Tix
September 17 | Louisville, KY | Mercury Ballroom | Get Tix 5/15
September 18 | Bloomington, IL | The Castle Theatre | Get Tix 5/14
September 19 | Kent, OH | Kent Stage | Get Tix 5/15
September 29 | Charleston, SC | Charleston Music Hall | Get Tix 5/15

Celebrate Brooklyn

29 Apr 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on July 18th.

With: Joe Henry

Admission is free. Gates open at 6:30pm. Show begins 7:30pm.

View all tour dates here.

Landmark Music Festival

29 Apr 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at the Landmark Music Festival in Washington, DC on September 26-27.

Tickets available now: click here.

The exact performance date will be announced soon.

View all tour dates here.

CBS This Morning

24 Apr 2015

Rhiannon is on CBS This Morning on Saturday, April 25th!

Watch her performance of "Black Is The Color," "She's Got You" and "Spanish Mary" now!





New Show: Goshen, IN | October 13th

23 Apr 2015

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Rhiannon and the band are performing at the Sauder Concert Hall at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana on October 13th.

Tickets for available August 3rd: click here.

View all tour dates here.

WayHome Music & Arts Festival

20 Apr 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at WayHome Music & Arts in Oro-Medonte, Ontario on July 24-26, 2015.

The exact performance date will be announced soon. Tickets available now.

View all tour dates here.

Southern Fried Festival

17 Apr 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at the Southern Fried Festival in Perth, Scotland on July 31st.

With: Punch Brothers

Tickets available April 23rd at 10a: click here. View all tour dates here.

PBS News Hour

16 Apr 2015

Rhiannon was featured on PBS News Hour last night. Watch the video now!

The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House

10 Apr 2015

Rhiannon is pleased to announce that she will be performing at The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House on Tuesday, April 14th.

The event will pay tribute to the fundamental role gospel music has played in the American musical tradition and the important artists and repertoire that have marked its vibrant history.

In addition to Rhiannon, the program will include performances by Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Aretha Franklin, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Tamela Mann, the Morgan State University Choir, and Michelle Williams — with T Bone Burnett as executive music director and Billy Maxwell as music director.

President Obama’s remarks and the entire event will be streamed live here at 7pm ET.

The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House will be broadcast Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9pm ET on PBS stations nationwide. To learn more, please click here.

New Show: Phoenix, AZ | May 7th

7 Apr 2015

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Rhiannon and the band are performing in Phoenix, AZ at the Musical Instrument Museum on May 7th.

Tickets available Friday, April 10th at 10a local: click here.

View all dates on the Tomorrow Is My Turn tour here.

Last.fm Sessions

2 Apr 2015

Earlier this month, Rhiannon stopped by the Last.fm studio in New York City to record a stripped down set. Watch the interview and performances of "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind," "She's Got You" and "Shake Sugaree" now!

Norfolk: Rescheduled

1 Apr 2015

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Rhiannon's show at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT has been rescheduled from April 14th to July 22nd.

For tickets, please click here.

Three Rivers Arts Festival

31 Mar 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA on June 11th.

Free admission. No tickets required. For more details, please click here.

View all tour dates here.

Grand Ole Opry

30 Mar 2015

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Rhiannon is performing on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, April 4th at 8:15pm CDT!

To learn more about the live broadcast and autograph signing, please click here.

Interstellar Rodeo

25 Mar 2015

Rhiannon is performing at Interstellar Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta on July 24-26, 2015.

Tickets available Saturday, March 28th at 8a MST: click here. The exact performance date will be announced soon.



View all tour dates here.

Tomorrow Is My Turn: EU & UK Tour

17 Mar 2015

UPDATED 3/24: Rhiannon and the band are pleased to announce new European/UK dates on the Tomorrow Is My Turn Tour:

June 30 | London, England | Islington Assembly Hall | Get Tickets
July 1 | Paris, France | New Morning | Get Tickets
July 6 | Stockholm, Sweden | Grona Lund Tivoli | No Advanced Tickets
July 7 | Copenhagen, Denmark | Bremen | Get Tickets
July 9 | Hamburg, Germany | Mojo Club | Get Tickets
July 11 | Stuttgart, Germany | JazzOpen | Get Tickets
July 12 | Rotterdam, Netherlands | North Sea Jazz | Get Tickets 3/24
July 15 | Antibes, France | Jazz à Juan | Get Tickets
July 16 | Ghent, Belgium | Gent Jazz | Get Tickets 3/24
July 30 | Dublin, Ireland | Whelan | Get Tickets
August 1 | Cambridge, England | Cambridge Folk Festival | Get Tickets

Tickets available Friday, March 20th at 10am local, except where noted.

View all tour dates here.

NPR World Cafe

3 Mar 2015

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Listen to Rhiannon's interview and performance on NPR World Cafe now: click here.

Jazz Open

3 Mar 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at Jazz Open in Stuttgart, Germany on July 11th.

Tickets available now: click here.

View all tour dates here.

Vinyl: Now Available!

3 Mar 2015

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Tomorrow Is My Turn is now available on vinyl!

Get the 140g LP + CD now from your local record store, the Nonesuch Store or Amazon.

"Waterboy" On Letterman

11 Feb 2015

Watch Rhiannon perform "Waterboy" on the Late Show With David Letterman!

Tomorrow Is My Turn: Out Now!

10 Feb 2015

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Alright y'all, this is it, Album Release Day! This record was a delight to plan, record, and promote, and wouldn't have been possible without my fairy god-father T Bone Burnett, the fabulous musicians who played and sang on it, the wonderful Nonesuch and Warner Brothers records folks, and the indomitable managers at Q Prime. What a team! But ultimately this was all for YOU - now it's your turn, what do you think? -- RG

Download Tomorrow Is My Turn from iTunes now.

Get the CD from your local record store or Amazon.

Listen to the album on Spotify or YouTube.

Order the CD and HD digital album now from the Nonesuch Store and pre-order the album on vinyl (out March 3). For a limited time, Nonesuch Store CD orders and vinyl pre-orders include an exclusive print autographed by Rhiannon.


TOMORROW IS MY TURN

1. Last Kind Words
2. Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind
3. Waterboy
4. She’s Got You
5. Up Above My Head
6. Tomorrow Is My Turn
7. Black Is the Color
8. Round About the Mountain
9. Shake Sugaree
10. O Love Is Teasin’
11. Angel City

Produced by T Bone Burnett

Spring 2015 Tour

5 Feb 2015

Rhiannon and the band have announced the Tomorrow Is My Turn Spring 2015 Tour!

Tickets available Friday, February 13, except where noted. Stay tuned for ticket links. Learn more about the band below!

March 27-29 | Knoxville, TN | Big Ears Festival | Get Tickets #
March 31 | Lexington, KY | Lexington Opera House | Get Tickets ^
April 1 | Charlotte, NC | McGlohon Theatre | Get Tickets ^
April 2 | Durham, NC | Carolina Theater | Get Tickets ^
April 3 | Atlanta, GA | Buckhead Theatre | Get Tickets ^
April 4 | Nashville, TN | Grand Ole Opry | Get Tickets
April 7 | Rocky Mount, VA | Harvester Performance Center | Get Tickets ^
April 8 | Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theater | Get Tickets ^
April 9 | New York, NY | Town Hall | Get Tickets ^
April 10 | Philadelphia, PA | Theatre of Living Arts | Get Tickets ^
April 12 | Washington, DC | Lincoln Theatre | Get Tickets ^
April 16 | Northampton, MA | Calvin Theatre | Get Tickets ~
April 17 | Port Washington, NY | Landmark on Main Street | Get Tickets ^
April 18 | Somerville, MA | Somerville Theatre | SOLD OUT ^
April 19 | Brownfield, ME | Stone Mountain Arts Center | SOLD OUT
April 21 | Albany, NY | The Egg | Get Tickets ^
April 23 | Chicago, IL | The Vic Theatre | Get Tickets ^
April 24 | Grand Rapids, MI | St. Cecilia Music Center | Get Tickets ^
April 26 | Milwaukee, WI | Turner Hall Ballroom | Get Tickets ^
April 27 | Madison, WI | Capitol Theatre | Get Tickets ^
April 28 | Minneapolis, MN | Pantages Theatre | Get Tickets ^
April 29 | Lawrence, KS | Liberty Hall | Get Tickets ^
May 1 | Boulder, CO | Boulder Theater | Get Tickets ^
May 3 | Anchorage, AK | Discovery Theatre | Get Tickets
May 4 | Palmer, AK | Glen Massay Theatre | Get Tickets
May 6 | Solana Beach, CA | Belly Up | Get Tix ^
May 8 | Santa Barbara, CA | Campbell Hall at UCSB | Get Tickets
May 9 | Los Angeles, CA | El Rey Theater | Get Tickets ^
May 11 | Napa, CA | City Winery | Get Tickets
May 12 | Arcata, CA | Van Duzer Theater at Humboldt State University | Get Tickets
May 14 | San Francisco, CA | SF JAZZ | Get Tickets
May 15 | San Francisco, CA | SF JAZZ | Get Tickets
May 16 | San Francisco, CA | SF JAZZ | SOLD OUT
May 17 | San Francisco, CA | SF JAZZ | SOLD OUT
May 19 | Portland, OR | Aladdin Theater | Get Tickets ^
May 20 | Seattle, WA | Meany Theater at University of Washington | SOLD OUT ^
May 21 | Vancouver, BC | Rio Theatre | Get Tickets 3/20
May 23 | Augusta, GA | Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que Music Festival | Get Tickets
June 2 | Raleigh, NC | Meymandi Concert Hall | Get Tickets *
June 12 | Cincinnati, OH | Taft Theatre | Get Tickets 3/20
June 13 | Manchester, TN | Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival | Get Tickets
June 18 | Telluride, CO | Telluride Bluegrass Festival | Get Tickets
July 22 | Norfolk, CT | Infinity Hall | Get Tickets #

^ Bhi Bhiman supporting
~ Appearing with Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
* Appearing solo with Branford Marsalis & Friends
# Please note this show was originally scheduled for April 14


ABOUT THE BAND

Written by Rhiannon

Hubby J. Jenkins

Mr Jenkins is a renowned banjoist of high degree - feted for his witty repartee, his intricate fretwork, and his luck with the ladies.  A long time member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, he enriches the band with his deep knowledge of American music; as a Brooklyn native, he is not afraid to say what he thinks.  Whether it be on banjo, guitar or mandolin his commitment to the tradition shines through and illuminates us all.  

Malcolm Parson

Mr Parson is that rarest of creatures, a jazz enthusiast who is not afraid to play old time music - on his cello he sparkles and shines on a nimble solo during one song and then thumps his hallowed instrument like a church bass, holding down the chord progression and playfully altering it when the spirit strikes.  He is a Berklee graduate, a composer, and one of the most patient people you will ever meet. 

Rowan Corbett

Mr Corbett, a native of North Carolina, came to the string band music through the love of the music of Celtic lands - one of the best and most intricate bones player on stage today, he slowly added to his instrument repertoire through his adventures in Renaissance Festivals and celtic rock bands and went from having the easiest flight check-in to the hardest.  He brings a lovely rock aesthetic to the old time world but always with the greatest of taste and delicacy.  Rowan can also MacGuyver anything you bring him; it's truly dizzying to watch. 

Jamie Dick

Mr Dick, who possibly has the most ironic name in the history of mankind, is a gentleman of the highest order and one with a delicate hand on the skins.  Content with whatever groove fits the song he has no need for fancy fills and furbelows (tho' he has them when he needs them); he rather shows his brilliance with subtle shifts of tempo and tone. It was an incredibly hard task finding someone to play drums for songs recorded with the great Jay Bellerose - but with certainty, it has been done, and with aplomb.

Jason Sypher

Mr Sypher doesn't just play the bass, he caresses the bass - he schools the bass; he makes that bass do whatever he wants it to do. Known all around New York as the Best Bass Player You Could Ever Want To Play With(tm) he has sharpened his skills on Irish, bluegrass, old time, cajun - any music that needs a bass (and even a few that don't), he has played, and played beautifully. If a bass player could play the phone book, he would be the one.

The Late Show With David Letterman

3 Feb 2015

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Rhiannon is the musical guest on The Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday, February 10th at 11:35/10:35pm central on CBS.

 “I have been watching Letterman since I was a kid- so excited we get to be on his show before he retires!” -- RG

NPR First Listen

2 Feb 2015

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"NPR has posted this thoughtful review of my new album AND it's streaming all the tracks! Check it out, and then just consider the fun of being able to operate your own stream of the album in the privacy of your offline world as you hold the beautiful liner notes in your hot little hands - preorders are available!" -- RG

Hear Tomorrow Is My Turn now via NPR First Listen: click here.

Pre-order the album on CD or vinyl here or on iTunes.

Forever Young

29 Jan 2015

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"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Sam Beam (Iron and Wine) for the first time on this cover of Bob Dylan's Forever Young - and always great to work with Joe Henry and his group of fabulous musicians. And of course any time on a tv set is fun - although this time was bittersweet as we were part of the filming of the last episode of Parenthood, a show that has had a devoted following for quite a few years. Hope you enjoy!" -- RG

Download “Forever Young” here.

David Holt's State of Music

29 Jan 2015

Watch Rhiannon on David Holt's State of Music on Thursday, January 29 at 10pm on UNC-TV (North Carolina Public Television). The show is also available via Vimeo On Demand.

"David Holt has been a tireless promoter of old time music and musicians for a long time - his work with Etta Baker, Doc Watson and countless others is priceless.  He is also a wonderful musician and music historian and it was a privilege to be a part of this documentary on North Carolina music.  Will and Deni did a lovely job behind the scenes and we hope you tune in!" -- RG

David Holt's State of Music - Trailer from Will & Deni Films on Vimeo.

Album Trailer

28 Jan 2015

"I don't even know what to say, y'all.  It's been an incredibly emotional and fulfilling journey this past year and watching it all pass by in this beautifully put together clip just makes me so grateful for the people I get to work with.  Hope you enjoy, and look forward to hearing what y'all think about the album!" -- RG

A Prairie Home Companion

27 Jan 2015

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Rhiannon joins Chris Thile on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, for the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion.

“Looking forward to going back to Prairie Home Companion and witnessing Chris Thile trying on Garrison Keillor's shoes - something tells me the fit will be mighty nice.” — RG

She's Got You

20 Jan 2015

Listen to the new song "She's Got You" from Rhiannon’s forthcoming debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, now via Okay Player.

Rhiannon writes of the Hank Cochran tune made famous by Patsy Cline:

Patsy Cline is of course the ultimate country singer, and one of the ultimate singers, period. But the way she took care of her family and friends, and the way she was able to take control of her career and inspire respect in an industry run by men, are just as impressive to me. Hubby Jenkins and I recast this in a sort of old-timey R&B vibe. --RG

Bonnaroo

14 Jan 2015

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Rhiannon is performing at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

Which Stage from 3pm - 4pm.

Tickest available January 17th at noon ET: click here.

View all tour dates here.

Another Day, Another Time

13 Jan 2015

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Another Day, Another Time is officially the show that changed my life: my experiences, performances and associations there led me to many other amazing things in the 12 months following; but more importantly, it's a fantastic show by fantastic people. Also it has the Scottish Mouth Music on it. So I hope you pick up a copy. Big ol' thanks and shout out to T Bone Burnett, the mastermind! -- RG

Order the CD/LP of Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis" here.

Download from iTunes here.

Apple

15 Dec 2014

Rhiannon appears and sings in a new Apple commercial that debuted yesterday!

It features her rendition of the George & Ira Gershwin classic “Our Love Is Here To Stay.” The video finds a young girl discovering an old recording of her grandmother at a younger age (Rhiannon) singing, and then watches as the girl uses her iPad to reimagine the song in a modern context.

Watch the commercial now.

Black Is the Color

15 Dec 2014

This traditional ballad has been covered by many, including Joan Baez and Nina Simone, but I have always loved best Sheila Kay Adams' version. She is a ballad singer from western North Carolina and is a consummate interpreter of songs. I always thought her way was different and more soulful - I took that as a jumping off point, and pushed it further, and Jon Baptiste gives it wings with his righteous melodica playing. I also never really understood what was going on in the original ballad, but loved the passion it hinted at. So I rewrote all but the last verse (using an old phrase here and there) and it turned into a song about my husband; he's a ginger but other than that it's pretty accurate. -- RG

Listen to “Black Is The Color” from Rhiannon’s debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, now!


Tomorrow Is My Turn
available on CD/digital February 10, 2015 & vinyl on March 3, 2015

Pre-order the CD or vinyl to receive an exclusive print autographed by Rhiannon

Pre-order from iTunes to receive instant downloads of "Black Is The Color," "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind" and "Shake Sugaree."

Spotify

11 Dec 2014

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Follow Rhiannon on Spotify: click here.

Listen to tracks from her upcoming debut record Tomorrow Is My Turn on the "Rhiannon Giddens Essential" playlist now!

Tomorrow Is My Turn

19 Nov 2014

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I'm so incredibly excited to announce that my very first solo record is about to come out -- it's called Tomorrow Is My Turn, and I worked with the wonderful producer T Bone Burnett to bring my dream album to life. Every song has a connection with a pioneering Americana musician; from Nina Simone to Dolly Parton, it represents at least a partial survey of those women who have influenced me the most in my musical journey. I got to work with an incredible array of beautiful musicians, and I'm super proud of it. I hope you enjoy it!

-- Rhiannon

TOMORROW IS MY TURN

1. Last Kind Words
2. Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind
3. Waterboy
4. She’s Got You
5. Up Above My Head
6. Tomorrow Is My Turn
7. Black Is the Color
8. Round About the Mountain
9. Shake Sugaree
10. O Love Is Teasin’
11. Angel City

Produced by T Bone Burnett

Available on CD/digital February 10, 2015

Available on Vinyl March 3, 2015

Pre-order the CD or vinyl to receive an exclusive print autographed by Rhiannon

Pre-order from iTunes to receive instant downloads of "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind" and "Shake Sugaree."

Lost On The River Is Available Now

18 Nov 2014

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The new album by The New Basement Tapes, Lost On The River, is available now!

Produced by T Bone Burnett, Lost On The River was written and performed in creative collaboration by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons). The artists and Burnett gathered in Capitol Studios in March 2014 to write and create music for a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.

Order the exclusive vinyl box set: click here.

Get the CD from Amazon or download from iTunes

First Play: Lost On The River

18 Nov 2014

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Tune in to an exclusive First Play on iTunes Radio, where you can hear Lost On The River by The New Basement Tapes in its entirety before it's released on November 10th: click here.

Hidee Hidee Ho #16

18 Nov 2014

Watch Rhiannon & The New Basement Tapes perform “Hidee Hidee Ho #16” now via Showtime.

Check out the documentary Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued HERE.

The New Basement Tapes: TV Performances

18 Nov 2014

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Catch The New Basement Tapes in their first ever live performances:

November 10 | The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
November 14 | Ellen
November 19 | Jimmy Kimmel Live

Spanish Mary

14 Oct 2014

I'm super excited about this song I sang for The New Basement Tapes project - Spanish Mary. I wrote the music too!

Check out the beautiful lyric video featuring Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics & then instantly download the track when you pre-order: click here.

Married To My Hack

2 Sep 2014

Check out the lyric video for "Married To My Hack," the second instant download from Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes.

To pre-order the album, click here.

Brooklyn, NY | September 18th [UPDATE]

21 Aug 2014

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UPDATE: Rhiannon’s solo headlining show at BAM in Brooklyn, New York on September 18th has been changed to a Carolina Chocolate Drops performance.

All tickets will be honored.

Tickets available now: please click here.

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes

21 Aug 2014

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Pre-order Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes and instantly download the track "Nothing To It."

On this album, Rhiannon collaborated with Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons), to create music for a treasure trove of long-lost lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967 at the time he was creating the original Basement Tapes. T Bone Burnett produced the sessions earlier this year, which are slated for release November 11.

To pre-order, please click here.

Kronos Quartet Show!

17 May 2014

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If you are in or near London this weekend, I'm performing with the Kronos Quartet on Sunday at the Barbican! Tickets are still available here. Should be a really cool show! 

Nurse Jackie!

18 Apr 2014

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Tune in to Nurse Jackie on Showtime this Sunday, April 20th at 9pm ET/PT to see me perform a few songs backed by Hubby and three old-time musicians!

If you are a Showtime subscriber, you can watch this episode now via Showtime Anytime. It will also be available On Demand starting April 21st, 2014.

I had a lot of fun filming this and hope you all enjoy watching it!

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes

25 Mar 2014

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I am excited to announce my involvement with "Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes," a collaboration between myself and Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons). We all gathered together to write music for two-dozen recently discovered Bob Dylan lyrics written in 1967 during the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes. The album, produced by T Bone Burnett, will be released later this year and will be accompanied by a Showtime documentary that will invite viewers into the making of this new release (directed by Sam Jones - "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco"). You can find more info here.

Showtime premieres “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music Of “Inside Llewyn Davis”" Tonight!

13 Dec 2013

Showtime premieres “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating The Music Of “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Earlier this year, Rhiannon was part of the lineup for "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis," a special concert event produced by T Bone Burnett at The Town Hall in New York City. Rhiannon's performance prompted rave reviews from many news publications, including The New York Times who called her the "concert's real head turner." Tune in to Showtime tonight at 10:00pm ET/PT to watch her stunning performance, along with many others! For more information, check out the Showtime website here.

Holiday Sale!!

9 Dec 2013

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift? We're having a special holiday sale in the Carolina Chocolate Drops store - all apparel is now 20% off! Check out the store here. Happy Holidays!

Rhiannon mini-tour announced for March!

1 Feb 2013

A week of concerts in the first week of March has just been announced for Rhiannon Giddens - her first set of non-CCD performances in a while, she'll be exploring Irish tunes, gospel songs, and her originals with a wonderful set of musicians.

Michael Laffan, Lalenja Harrington, Matthew Olwell and others will be joining her for a great night of music.  Also planned are a couple of Joe Thompson memorial concerts where she will rejoin the original CCD fiddler, Justin Robinson.  Check out the Shows page to find out more.

Another GRAMMY nomination!

24 Jan 2013

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The Durham-based traditional band Carolina Chocolate Drops have been nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for their recording “Leaving Eden.” The announcement came in conjunction with a televised nomination special Wednesday.

The Chocolate Drops are one of five artists in the running for the Best Folk Album Award. Other nominees in the category are Ry Cooder for “Election Special”; Luther Dickinson for “Hambone’s Meditations,”; Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile for “The Goat Rodeo Sessions”; and producers Shawn Camp and Tamara for the compilation “This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark,” featuring various artists.

If the Chocolate Drops win, they will bring home their second Grammy. In 2010, the band took home the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for their recording “Genuine Negro Jig.”

The band has received international acclaim for their new interpretations of traditional folk music, particularly from the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and for drawing attention to the contributions of African-Americans to folk and popular music.

The Grammy Awards will be televised on CBS at 8 p.m. Feb. 10.

--Durham Herald-Sun Staff

MotherJones.com Interview

24 Jul 2012

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are gettin' hotter by the minute. This young North Carolina trio—solid multi-instrumentalists and protégés of 91-year-old African American fiddler Joe Thompson—have set out to revive the nearly extinct tradition of black old-time string bands. In their five years of existence, they've recorded five albums, toured with blues great Taj Mahal, performed on NPR's Prairie Home Companion, were the first black string band ever to play the Grand Ole Opry—not that the Opry deserves them—and have been winning over new fans at a rapid clip.

The reason why was evident Friday at Slim's in San Francisco, where I caught the Chocolate Drops the night before their debut at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass fest. Following local openers The Stairwell Sisters, a thoroughly enjoyable five-woman old-time outfit—complete with clogging by Evie Ladin, who plays a mean clawhammer banjo—the Chocolate Drops got the crowd fired up rousing renditions of "Starry Crown" and "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind." They followed up with a lengthy set in which none other than Mr. Mahal himself joined them onstage to pinch hit on the banjo.

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Interview with Creative Soul

5 Jul 2012

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I take some pride in my early discovery: At Ribfest 2005, September at Five County Stadium, Zebulon, NC., while there to support the featured band – good friends, great band – and, oh yeah, eat some ribs – surprise – a magnificent voice stopped our tracks dead. Rhiannon Giddens – wow – who is that, and why have we not seen her before?

We got home and I started a search. Turned out Rhiannon was a recent graduate of Oberlin Conservatory now singing fiddle tunes – how curious, how awesome. I fired off an introduction email and began arranging a photo shoot.

Schedules being what they are, it wasn’t until the Carolina Chocolate Drops had formed and were well on their way national attention before we met for a photo session at Stagville Plantation’s Slave Quarters in Durham, NC.

Prairie Home Companion, Grand ol’ Opry, NPR interviews, countless magazine articles, appearance in the film, “The Great Debaters”, and a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album – and 4 years later – I asked Rhiannon if she’d sit with Armand Lenchek and I for a video interview.