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Songs We Love: Rhiannon Giddens, 'Black Is The Color'

Songs We Love: Rhiannon Giddens, 'Black Is The Color'

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Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens will release her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, on Feb. 10. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens will release her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, on Feb. 10.

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Rhiannon Giddens' ascent began with her beat-box-infused version of Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style" — from Carolina Chocolate Drops' album Genuine Negro Jig — and continued with her show-stealing Gaelic song performance in the concert film Another Day, Another Time. Her take on Bob Dylan lyrics as a member of The New Basement Tapes dazzled.

Now comes her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn. Giddens takes songs strongly linked to iconic female performers — including finger-picking pioneer Elizabeth Cotten, gospel superstar Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Patsy Cline — and somehow comes out owning them. This is particularly true of the music of Nina Simone, in both the album's title track and "Black Is The Color," the traditional song that was one of Simone's performance staples. Where Simone slowed "Black Is The Color" down to wring out the emotion, Giddens celebrates and soars. She's confident in her instincts and her abundant talent, and she should be.

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Tomorrow Is My Turn
Artist
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Released
2015

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