Rhiannon Giddens has announced she’s embarking on a tour in the spring of 2015. Giddens – a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who’s also a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops – will be touring in support of her upcoming debut solo album, “Tomorrow Is My Turn”, which is due out on February 10th, 2015.
In December 2014, Giddens released “Black Is the Color”, as an instant download for fans that pre-order “Tomorrow Is My Turn.” The title “Black Is The Color” may sound familiar, because it is a traditional song that has been covered by the likes of American jazz singer Nina Simone, and legendary folk musicians Pete Seeger and Joan Baez, along with a number of Irish artists like Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Susan McKeown, and The Corrs.
Apart from her solo commitments, Giddens is a member of The New Basement Tapes, a folk super-group that has come together to record and release songs penned by Bob Dylan during his “Basement Tapes” sessions, but later misplaced and never actually recorded by Dylan, himself. The group consists of Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens and Taylor Goldsmith. They have performed live in concert with Haim and Johnny Depp, amongst others. And, most recently, the core members appeared and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Listen to The New Basement Tapes’ “Spanish Mary” and “Liberty Street”, and check out a video of the group performing “Six Months In Kansas City” from the T Bone Burnett-produced album, “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes“.
Additionally, Giddens was recently featured in the series finale of Parenthood, where she sang Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” alongside Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, according to a press release. And, keep an eye out for Giddens to make her solo television debut when she performs “Waterboy” from “Tomorrow Is My Turn” on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on February 10th, 2015.
Giddens will kick off her tour on March 28th at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, and she will continue to wind her way through many regions and cities in the States, before wrapping up this tour with a performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colo., in mid-June. Check out a full listing of cities, states, and dates, below.
Rhiannon Giddens Spring 2015 Tour
[Dates marked with a ^ feature Bhi Bhiman supporting Giddens, an ~ next to a date indicates that Giddens is appearing with Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and an * indicates that Giddens will be appearing solo with Branford Marsalis & Friends.]
March 28: Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
March 29: Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival
March 31: Lexington, KY – Lexington Opera House ^
April 01: Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theatre ^
April 02: Durham, NC – Carolina Theater ^
April 03: Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre ^
April 04: Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry ~
April 07: Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center ^
April 08: Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater ^
April 09: New York, NY – Town Hall ^
April 10: Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts ^
April 12: Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre ^
April 14: Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall ^
April 16: Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre ~
April 17: Port Washington, NY – Landmark on Main Street ^
April 18: Somerville, MA – Somerville Theatre ^
April 19: Brownfield, ME – Stone Mountain Arts Center
April 21: Albany, NY – The Egg ^
April 23: Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre ^
April 24: Grand Rapids, MI – St. Cecilia Music Center ^
April 26: Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom ^
April 27: Madison, WI – Capitol Theatre ^
April 28: Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre ^
April 29: Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall ^
May 01: Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater ^
May 03: Anchorage, AK – Discovery Theatre
May 04: Palmer, AK – Glen Massay Theatre
May 08: Santa Barbara, CA – Campbell Hall, UCSB
May 09: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater ^
May 12: Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State Univ.
May 14: San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ
May 15: San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ
May 16: San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ
May 17: San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ
May 19: Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater ^
May 20: Seattle, WA – Meany Theater, University of Washington ^
May 23: Augusta, GA – Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que Music Festival
June 02: Raleigh, NC – Meymandi Concert Hall: NCS Benefit *
June 11-14: Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 18-21: Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival