The prodigiously gifted Rhiannon Giddens brings her soul-drenched voice and distinctive blend of country, folk, gospel and jazz to the Schermerhorn to perform selections from her acclaimed solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turnand her latest, Freedom Highway. Now starring on CMT’s Nashville, Giddens was a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and has since established herself as one of music’s most fearless and innovative artists.
Giddens shares her thoughts on Freedom Highway:
“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 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.”