A MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner! This is good news. I assume we can expect more from this amazing musician recording music from the African-American experience in a way that re-energizes this music from past decades.
Meet Rhiannon Giddens, Newly Minted MacArthur 'Genius'
"Today, Giddens joins the impressive list of artists and thinkers who've received so-called "Genius Grants" from the MacArthur Foundation. The recipients — others this year include Tyshawn Sorey and Yuval Sharon — each receive $625,000 with no strings attached, in the hope that they can pursue their work without financial limitations." The record
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Highlight tracks from this album include Birmingham Sunday, The Angels Laid Him Away and the title track Freedom Highway.
"Throughout Freedom Highway, Giddens plays with this idea -- how oppression gave way to freedom -- and it's not just through her lyrics, but how the music expands as the album reaches its conclusion: at the outset, it seems austere, but by its conclusion it's a robust celebration of all the weird, wonderful parts of America. This isn't an accident. Freedom Highway draws upon deep American traditions, and while its form may be a throwback, it speaks to a time when the phrase "Black Lives Matter" can be seen as controversial and, in doing so, it illustrates how these issues are deeply ingrained in American life and cannot be forgotten" Allmusic Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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