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Rhiannon Giddens On Mountain Stage

Rhiannon Giddens performs live at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va.
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Mountain Stage
Rhiannon Giddens performs live at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va.

Rhiannon Giddens returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va. Once known primarily as a member of the Grammy-winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens embarked on a solo career with 2015's Tomorrow Is My Turn, earning unprecedented acclaim along the way. She begins her set with a show-stopping a cappella rendition of the haunting Hazel Dickens masterpiece "Pretty Bird." For the rest of the set, Giddens plays banjo; she's joined by a vocal percussionist for "At The Purchaser's Option," which was inspired by a 19th-century advertisement she found for a 22-year-old female slave whose baby was also available for sale.

Set List

  • "Pretty Bird"
  • "Julie"
  • "At The Purchaser's Option"
  • "Black Annie"
  • "Georgia Buck"
  • "Lights In The Valley"
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