This morning, Rhiannon Giddens, a recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship, announces new dates on her headlining tour in celebration of her highly praised second solo album, FreedomHighway. Giddens will perform in cities including Baltimore, Tampa, and Cincinnati (full dates below). Tickets for these new dates will go on sale on Friday, February 2nd at 10am local time and will be available here.
Recently, The MacArthur Foundation announced Rhiannon Giddens as a recipient of their prestigious “MacArthur Fellowship.” The MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “MacArthur Genius Grant,” is a five-year grant “to individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future” and includes a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant distributed over five years. Giddens said this of being awarded the Fellowship: “I am just thrilled to announce that I have been named a MacArthur Foundation fellow! So many things I want to do – but the first thing is to thank whoever nominated and supported me for this grant – it means the world to me, and to the projects I have been longing to do.” More information about Giddens and her fellowship grant can be found here.
FreedomHighway has topped 2017’s year-end lists, including NPR Music’s (#13) who say “[Giddens] time-travels from antebellum New Orleans to the present day, touching upon spirituals and the blues, Cajun dance music and hip-hop,” and Rolling Stones’ (#6) who says “Giddens makes a most necessary argument for the contemporary urgency of centuries-old roots music stylings.” Giddens co-produced FreedomHighway 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. The result is an album that is rawer and more personal than its predecessor.
Giddens has a recurring role in CMT’s series Nashville, the new season of which begins in January. Her Grammy–nominated duet with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song “Kill a World” reached the top ten on country radio.
Rhiannon Giddens TourDates February 7 | Brooklyn, NY | National Sawdust [with Lara Downes]
February 9 | New York, NY | Irish Arts Center [Duo with Dirk Powell]
February 10 | New York, NY | Irish Arts Center [Duo with Dirk Powell]
February 11 | New York, NY | Irish Arts Center [Duo with Dirk Powell]
February 17 | Jackson, MS | Mississippi Museum of Art February 24 | New York, NY | Soundtrack ’63 at The Apollo Theater March 3 | New York, NY | Tibet House US Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall March 25 | Los Angeles, CA | Women In Music Festival [with Lara Downes]
April 13 | Savannah, GA | Savannah Music Festival April 14 | Raleigh, NC | PineCone Down Home Concert Series April 15 | Greer, SC | The Spinning Jenny April 17 | Rocky Mount, VA | Harvester Performance Center April 18 | Norfolk, VA | Virginia Arts Festival April 19 | Baltimore, MD | Baltimore Sound Stage April 23 | Tampa, FL | Ferguson Hall at The Straz Center April 24 | Madison, GA | Madison-Morgan Cultural Center April 25 | Charleston, SC | Charleston Music Hall April 27 | York, SC | McCelvey Center April 28 | Wilkesboro, NC | MerleFest May 14 | Ithaca, NY | Hangar Theatre May 15 | Toronto, ON | Danforth Music Hall May 17 | Grand Rapids, MI | St. Cecelia Music Center May 18 | Ann Arbor, MI | Michigan Theater May 20 | Cincinnati, OH | Memorial Hall OTR May 22 | Pittsburgh, PA | Byham Theater June 13 | Kennett Square, PA | Longwood Gardens June 15 | Lowell, MA | Lowell Summers Music Series June 20 | Ridgefield, CT | The Ridgefield Playhouse June 21 |Boothbay Harbor, ME | The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor June 22 | St. Johnsbury, VT | St. Johnsbury Academy June 28 | Frankfort, KY | The Grand Theatre June 29 | Owensboro, KY | ROMP Festival August 4 | Cambridge, United Kingdom | Cambridge Folk Festival 2018 August 5 | Cambridge, United Kingdom | Cherry Hinton Hill August 15 | Chautauqua, NY | Chautauqua Amphitheater [Duo with Francesco Turrisi]