Rhiannon Giddens

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Rhiannon Giddens
GenresFolk, Blues, Country, Classical, Irish Music
Years active2005-present
LabelsMusic Maker (Label), Nonesuch
Associated actsCarolina Chocolate Drops
Websiterhiannongiddens.com
 
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Rhiannon Giddens
GenresFolk, Blues, Country, Classical, Irish Music
Years active2005-present
LabelsMusic Maker (Label), Nonesuch
Associated actsCarolina Chocolate Drops
Websiterhiannongiddens.com

Rhiannon Giddens is an American musician. She is known as the lead singer, violinist, banjo player and a founding member of the Grammy-winning[1] country, blues and old-time music Carolina Chocolate Drops. She is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina and a 2000 graduate of Oberlin Conservatory where she studied opera.[2]

In 2013 Giddens began pushing further into her solo career. Giddens participated in "Another Day, Another Time", a concert inspired by the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.[3] Many critics have stated that Giddens had the best performance at what was called "the concert of the year".[4][5] Late in 2013, Giddens contributed the track "We Rise" to the LP We Are Not For Sale: Songs of Protest by the NC Music Love Army - a collective of activist musicians from North Carolina founded by Jon Lindsay and Caitlin Cary.[6] Giddens' powerful protest song joins contributions from many other Carolina music luminaries on the compilation (11/26/13 via Redeye Distribution), which was created to support the NC NAACP and the Moral Monday movement.[7]

In early 2014 Giddens recorded for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes alongside Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and Jim James. The album was produced by T-Bone Burnett and is a compilation of partial songs written by Bob Dylan that were never released.[8]

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