Rhiannon Giddens reads historical accounts of slavery and the Civil War. You hear their embodiment in Giddens’ jazzy, bluesy interpretation of Black folk ballads and the emotive timbre of her operatic voice.

“Rhiannon Giddens pours the emotional weight of American history into her music. Listen as she performs traditional folk ballads — including “Waterboy,” “Up Above My Head,” and “Lonesome Road” by Sister Rosetta Tharp — and one glorious original song, “Come Love Come,” inspired by Civil War-era slave narratives.” ~ TED Talks


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