Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi carry out on the Tanger Middle in Greensboro | music
Giddens’ latest album “They’re Calling Me Home” is a 12 track album that was recorded during the recent lockdown with Turrisi in Ireland. It speaks of the longing for the comfort of a home as well as the metaphorical “home call” of death that was a tragic reality for so many during the COVID-19 crisis, Tanger Center said in the announcement.
Giddens’ lifelong mission is to nurture people whose contributions to American musical history have previously been wiped out and work towards a deeper understanding of the country’s musical origins, the press release said. Pitchfork said of her work, “Few artists are so fearless and so greedy to explore,” and Smithsonian Magazine calls her “an electrifying artist who brings memories of forgotten predecessors, white and black, to life.”
Giddens has performed for the Obamas at the White House, was the curator of Carnegie Hall Perspectives and, in partnership with the Americana Music Association, received the first Legacy of Americana Award from the National Museum of African American History in Nashville. She has been portrayed by CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, New Yorker, and NPR’s Fresh Air, among others.
Giddens starred in Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ series, which aired on PBS in 2019, where she talks about the African American origins of country music. She is also a member of the band Our Native Daughters with three other black banjo players, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell and Amythyst Kiah, and co-produced her debut album Songs of Our Native Daughters (2019), which tells stories of historical black femininity and of survival.