Friday, September 25, 2015 | 8:00 pm
North Carolinian Rhiannon Giddens first came to Duke Performances in 2007 with the GRAMMY-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops at Music in the Gardens. In the intervening years, she has returned to Duke Performances on multiple occasions and established herself as an international star. After Giddens sang on the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, producer T Bone Burnett invited the singer to join his New Basement Tapes project alongside Elvis Costello, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford. Her voice is an endless marvel, and with it she embodies “the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues” (The New York Times).
In February 2015, Giddens released her debut solo album Tomorrow is My Turn on Nonesuch Records to widespread critical acclaim. Produced by Burnett, the record includes tunes made famous by Patsy Cline, Odetta, Dolly Parton, and Nina Simone. Giddens brings this music to Page Auditorium, backed by a band that features the current iteration of the Chocolate Drops.