Sat 9/16 @ 8PM
Almost two years to the day after fiddler/banjo player/vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, one of the founding members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, made her last appearance at the Kent Stage, she’s back — and she’s got a new solo album, Freedom Highway, released in February.
While that group specializes in old-time string band music that draws from African-American traditions, North Carolina native Giddens — a 2000 Oberlin alum who studied opera there — spread her wings in 2015 with her T Bone Burnett-produced solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn. In it she demonstrates her command of a variety of genres including folk, country, blues, jazz and gospel. Her powerful voice is electrifying without being overbearing; she deeply inhabits her material. With her new album, she continues to mine older sources with tracks by Richard Farina, Mississippi John Hurt and Roebuck Staples of the Staples Singers, along with a batch of her own originals, giving the music her own contemporary spin.
Tickets are $27 & $37.