Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015) [PonoMusic FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 43:49 minutes | 961 MB | Genre: Folk , Blues
Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | © Nonesuch Records
Recorded by Vanessa Parr at The Village, Los Angeles, CA; and House Of Blues, Nashville, TN; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; “Angel City” Recorded by Mike Piersante; Additional Recording by Jason Wormer and Chris Wilkinson

Stepping away from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens teams up with producer T-Bone Burnett for her 2015 solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn. Giddens previously worked with Burnett on Lost on the River, an album where musicians added new music to lyrics Bob Dylan left behind during The Basement Tapes, and she also appeared in a concert he shepherded for the Coen brothers’ folk revival opus Inside Llewyn Davis — two projects steeped in history, as is Tomorrow Is My Turn. Here, Giddens expands upon the neo-string band of the Carolina Chocolate Drops by crafting an abbreviated and fluid history of 20th century roots music — along with the older forms that informed it — concentrating on songs either written or popularized by female musicians. As a torchbearer, not a revivalist, Giddins isn’t concerned with replicating either the sound or feel of the past, so she comfortably slips a subdued hip-hop drum loop into “Black Is the Color,” a standard here credited to Nina Simone, and blurs country and soul boundaries on Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You.” These two are the most overt tamperings with tradition but Giddens is sly throughout Tomorrow Is My Turn, giving Elizabeth Cotten’s “Shake Sugaree” a deceptively lively little lilt and casting Dolly Parton’s “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind” as a rolling progressive folk tune that creates an invisible bridge between past and present. Much of Giddens’ work on Tomorrow Is My Turn demonstrates the benefits of such careful, deliberate sculpting, making it a nice fit for Burnett’s handsome acoustica. Thankfully, the austereness that sometimes creeps into T-Bone’s new millennial work is nowhere to be found; there’s a warmth that radiates from Giddens, which is crucial to the success of the record. Her easy, welcoming touch is a balm every time Tomorrow Is My Turn is played, but it’s upon successive spins that the intricacies of Giddens’ construction — not to mention her subtle political messages — begin to take hold. -Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1 Last Kind Words (Geeshie Wiley) 4:14
2 Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind (Dolly Parton) 3:45
3 Waterboy (Jacques Wolfe) 3:45
4 She’s Got You (Hank Cochran) 4:17
5 Up Above My Head (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) 3:09
6 Tomorrow Is My Turn (Charles Aznavour/Marcel Stellman/Yves Stéphane) 4:38
7 Black Is the Color (Traditional, arr. Rhiannon Giddens) 3:47
8 Round About the Mountain (Traditional, arr. Roland Hayes) 3:29
9 Shake Sugaree (Elizabeth Cotten) 4:25
10 O Love Is Teasin’ (Traditional, arr. Rhiannon Giddens) 4:31
11 Angel City (Rhiannon Giddens) 3:52

Rhiannon Giddens, vocals (1-11)
Colin Linden, electric guitar (1), guitar (2-11)
Dennis Crouch, bass (1), acoustic bass (2-10)
Mike Compton, mandolin (1)
Jay Bellerose, drums (2-10), percussion (11)
T Bone Burnett, acoustic guitar (2), guitar (4)
Keefus Ciancia, keyboards (2, 4, 6-8, 10)
Gabe Witcher, fiddle (2-5, 7, 9-11), horn arrangement (4), violin (6), viola (6), string arrangement (6), acoustic guitar (8)
Jack Ashford, tambourine (2-5, 7-10)
Hubby Jenkins, bones (2), acoustic guitar (3, 9), banjo (10)
Paul Kowert, acoustic bass (3, 6-8, 10)
Darrell Leonard, Lester Lovitt, trumpet (4)
Tom Peterson, baritone saxophone (4)
Joe Sublet, Jim Thompson, tenor saxophone (4)
Jean Witherspoon, Tata Vega, background vocals (4, 5)
Richard Dodd, cello (6)
Adam Matta, beatbox (7)
Jonathan Batiste, melodica (7)
Noam Pikelny, banjo (8)
Mike Bub, acoustic bass (11)