It was near the close of the first half 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 Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis—when an extraordinary star-is-born moment occurred and singer Rhiannon Giddens, best known as a member of the Grammy–winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, indisputably stole the show. Performing Odetta’s “Water Boy” with, as the New York Times later put it, “the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues,” Giddens brought the celebrity-studded audience to its feet.
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Giddens will be touring in support of her upcoming T Bone Burnett-produced debut album Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out February 10 on Nonesuch. Listen to four tracks here: “Black Is The Color,” “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind,” “Shake Sugaree,” and “She’s Got You.” CD and vinyl pre-orders in the Nonesuch Store come with instant downloads of those songs and also include an exclusive print autographed by Giddens.
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