Rhiannon Giddens- The Freedom Highway Tour

AC Entertainment presents

Rhiannon Giddens- The Freedom Highway Tour

Amythyst Kiah

Sat, May 6, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$26 Advance, $29 Day of Show

This event is all ages

Rhiannon Giddens
Rhiannon Giddens
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens is best known as the frontwoman of string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, whose 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig earned them a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.

It was toward the end of the T Bone Burnett–curated September 2013 Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City's Town Hall—a celebration of the early '60s folk revival that had inspired the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis—when singer Rhiannon Giddens indisputably stole the show. Performing Odetta's "Water Boy" with, as the New York Times put it, "the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues," Giddens brought the star-studded audience to its feet. She was the talk of the lobby during intermission as those attendees unfamiliar with her Grammy Award–winning work as a member of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops wondered who exactly Rhiannon Giddens was, with her elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit.

On her Nonesuch solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn, Giddens and Burnett revisit "Water Boy," its Odetta-arranged work-song rhythm serving as both provocation and a statement of power. Giddens delivers an equally thunderous rendition, one made all the more striking when placed between a gentle, ruminative interpretation of Dolly Parton's "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind" and a version of Hank Cochran's "She's Got You," popularized by Patsy Cline, that Giddens imbues with "an old-timey R&B vibe," abetted by Carolina Chocolate Drops band-mate Hubby Jenkins. The breadth of musical vision on Tomorrow Is My Turn fulfills the promise of that brief but stunning star turn at Town Hall. The album incorporates gospel, jazz, blues, and country, plus a hint of proto-rock and roll, and Giddens displays an emotional range to match her dazzling vocal prowess throughout.

The life that Giddens explores at the climax of Tomorrow Is My Turn is her own creative one, on the lilting, self-penned ballad "Angel City." Though she regards herself far more as singer than songwriter, "Angel City," composed in the course of a single night during the recording of the Burnett-helmed The New Basement Tapes project, fits perfectly at the close of the set, gently paying homage to the elder artists whose work comprise the rest of the album. "It was these women, these artists, who had helped me, who had come with me on this journey, and here are lyrics that represented that."

The songs here, says Giddens, "are all facets of the human condition." Taken together, they answer the question Twyla Tharp posed at the beginning of Giddens' solo adventure. Tomorrow Is My Turn is a composite portrait of "Ruby," of America, and of Giddens herself, whose turn is clearly right now.
Amythyst Kiah
Amythyst Kiah
Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Roots/Alt-Country Blues musician originally from Chattanooga, TN. She has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that makes for powerful original songs, and transforms traditional songs into powerful, soulful renditions. She draws heavily on Old Time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Rev. Gary Davis, Skillet Lickers, Jimmie Rogders), and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and Country music from the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She also draws from contemporary popular artists that have similar powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae, Joss Stone). Needless to say, Amythyst has got a lot of tools in her vocal tool box, and is also well on her way to joining the powerhouse vocalist pantheon.

Recently, she performed on Mountain Stage and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City as a singer and guitarist for the East Tennessee Old Time Pride Band, and opened solo for Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA.
Venue Information:
Variety Playhouse
1099 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30307
http://variety-playhouse.com/