11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rhiannon Giddens performed at the Coen brothers’ promotional concert for Inside Llewyn Davis, and she so impressed T Bone Burnett with her talent that he offered to produce her on the spot. He helped choose the classic American songs, working like an old-school A&R man (i.e., Artist and Repertoire). Patsy Cline’s urban-country “She’s Got You” and Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s gospel-blues “Up Above My Head” are perfect choices for Giddens’ flexible, nuanced vocals. With a backup band similarly top-notch—including legendary Funk Brothers percussionist Jack Ashford and veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch—Giddens is surrounded by star power. Yet Giddens shines brightest.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rhiannon Giddens performed at the Coen brothers’ promotional concert for Inside Llewyn Davis, and she so impressed T Bone Burnett with her talent that he offered to produce her on the spot. He helped choose the classic American songs, working like an old-school A&R man (i.e., Artist and Repertoire). Patsy Cline’s urban-country “She’s Got You” and Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s gospel-blues “Up Above My Head” are perfect choices for Giddens’ flexible, nuanced vocals. With a backup band similarly top-notch—including legendary Funk Brothers percussionist Jack Ashford and veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch—Giddens is surrounded by star power. Yet Giddens shines brightest.

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