Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Art of the Cover - Rhiannon Giddens' "Tomorrow Is My Turn" (2015)





Rhiannon will hypnotise you into buying a crate of her album if you stare at this shot long enough!

Yap, Carolina Chocolate Drops singer, Rhiannon Giddens has just released her debut solo record, 

The cover photo posing actually looks just like a well known portrait of a young Joan Baez - see below.




 Rhiannon recently spoke to thebluegrasssituation of the coincidence, saying ...
"Sheer coincidence. I didn’t actually know about it until we posted the album cover on Facebook and someone responded with the picture of Joan in the comments. Then I put them up side-by-side and said, ‘Oh my gosh, look at these pictures!’ ... It’s a total coincidence but it’s pretty awesome."
She also spoke of her high regard for Baez ...
".... even before I got into roots music, when I was still into opera, Joan’s early records were in heavy rotation."
Given the theme of the record, it's fitting the album cover would emulate one of her heroines, coincidence though it was.





This fine collection comes hot on the heels  of Giddens' excellent contributions to the Bob Dylan project,  Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes by the collective The New Basement Tapes - aka Rhiannon and some unknowns called  Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith and Jim James!

Rhiannon has also just released a single version of Bob Dylan's classic Forever Young with Iron & Wine. as used in the final episode of the NBC series Parenthood.

Giddens really started to show the world what she was made of when she took the mike at New York City's Town Hall in late 2013. There, she ignited the stage with her interpretation of Odetta's "Water Boy" as part of the 'Another Day, Another Time' concert, an event inspired by the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.Many critics wrote that Giddens had the best performance at what was called "the concert of the year"

Her masterful singing caught the attention of famed producer T Bone Burnett who promptly invited Giddens to record her 'dream album.' 

And now, a year or so later, here it is .... the Burnett produced "Tomorrow Is My Turn" - a wonderful collection of interpretations of great songs made famous by Patsy Cline, Odetta, Dolly Parton, and Nina Simone, among others.







Tracklisting


01. Last Kind Words (4:14)
02. Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind (3:40)
03. Waterboy (3:45)
04. She's Got You (4:17)
05. Up Above My Head (3:10)
06. Tomorrow is My Turn (4:37)
07. Black Is the Color (3:46)
08. Round About the Mountain (3:30)
09. Shake Sugaree (4:24)
10. O Love Is Teasin' (4:33)
11. Angel City (3:53)














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