Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn
Now that I've had a chance to listen to Rhiannon Giddens' Tomorrow Is My Turn a few times, back to back, I am confident describing her as a virtuoso. It's not just that she is in perfect control of her voice and can cover any song she cares to, it's also in the presence she brings to every song. Whether it be a simple blues song like Libba Cotten's "Shake Sugaree," the huge big stage cover of Odetta's "Waterboy." or the Nina Simone's famous cover "Tomorrow Is My Turn," she nails the spirit of the entire era each of these songs is famous for.
I'm adding "Last Kind Words," "Waterboy," "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind," "She's Got You," "Tomorrow Is My Turn," "Black Is The Color," and "Shake Sugaree" to rotation.
- "Last Kind Words" is featured on Americana Music Show #235.
- "Waterboy" is featured on Americana Music Show #236.
- "Tomorrow Is My Turn" is featured on Americana Music Show #238.
- "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind" is featured on Americana Music Show #253.
Preview Tomorrow Is My Turn by Rhiannon Giddens on Amazon.
More about Rhiannon Giddens and Tomorrow Is My Turn, from the press release:
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.