Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Push It Further: Rhiannon Giddens (OC '00) Takes A Turn On Tradition

As a member of the Carolina Chocolate DropsRhiannon Giddens is used to turning songs from another era into something her own. Her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, consists mostly of cover songs by different women, such as Patsy Cline, Jean Ritchie and Libba Cotton. But one interpretation stands out."I just started going, 'What if I just kind of pushed it a little bit further?' " Giddens tells NPR's Renee Montagne of her funky version of "Black Is the Color," a folk song popularized by Nina Simone.  Listen!