Rhiannon Giddens Freedom Highway

Rhiannon Giddens — Freedom Highway

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Freedom Highway is Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens’ follow-up to her highly praised 2015 debut album Tomorrow Is My Turn. The record includes nine original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote while she and her band toured after Tomorrow Is My Turn’s release, along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, “Birmingham Sunday” and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name. Giddens co-produced Freedom Highway with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, studio, with the bulk of recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War. As producers, Giddens and Powell sought to release the stories already in the walls, allowing the space to be a voice in itself. This approach allowed for an emotional fearlessness and presence not always easy to achieve in the studio. Together they assembled the players, which included her superb touring band, local musicians from the bayou, a soulful horn section from New York, and talented family members. The principle recording was done over an intense eight-day period. The result is an album that is rawer and more personal than its predecessor.

Released: 2/24/17

Label: Nonesuch

Vinyl: Black

Format: LP

Tracklist
  1. At The Purchaser’s Option
  2. The Angels Laid Him Away
  3. Julie
  4. Birmingham Sunday
  5. Better Get It Right The First Time
  6. We Could Fly
  7. Hey Bebe
  8. Come Love Come
  9. The Love We Almost Had
  10. Baby Boy
  11. Following The North Star
  12. Freedom Highway