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Friday, February 27, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens Featured on NPR

Photo courtesy of rhiannongiddens.com

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens performed at the Great Lakes Folk Festival in 2008 with her band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. It was clear seven years ago that this band was one to watch. A recent NPR story confirms this. Rhiannon sat down with NPR's Renee Montagne to discuss her recent release, musical influences, and past experiences. Click here for the full NPR article.

Since then, the band has released another album, and has undergone some transformations. In 2010, the group received a GRAMMY Award for their album, Genuine Negro Jig. Two members amicably left to pursue solo careers (Justin Robinson and Dom Flemons) and three new ones joined (Hubby Jenkins, Rowan Corbett, and Malcolm Parson). Giddens recently released her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, to much acclaim.