The Root on Rhiannon Giddens' In The Water

Monday, December 2, 2019

You heard it from The Root:

Rhiannon Giddens is nothing if not prolific; the Grammy award-winner and Macarthur Genius Award recipient may have initially made her mark as co-founder and lead vocalist of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but her musical acumen spans genres. From the roots music of her banjo-based all-female super-quartet Our Native Daughters (earning her one of two Grammy nominations for 2020) to her work as the host of the opera podcast Aria Code (a nod to her past as an opera singer), Giddens, who also received the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award at the Americana Honors and Awards in Nashville this year, seems to possess limitless musical prowess—and an equally strong reverence for history.

Check out Maiysha Kai’s whole write-up on our new In the Water with Rhiannon Giddens here and listen to Rhiannon speak on the events of 1898 in Wilmington followed by a performance of “At the Purchaser’s Option” below.