February 4th, 2015
Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman, Rhiannon Giddens will release her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, next week on the 10th.
When the CCD were here last year Giddens mentioned a forthcoming solo album and the band played “Shake Sugaree” by Elizabeth Cotten which appears on Tomorrow Is My Turn. She related that much of the impetus for doing a solo project came from T Bone Burnett who heard her performance at the Another Day, Another Time concert in New York. He was quite impressed with Giddens’ voice and also with the audience’s reaction and so suggested she do an album to showcase her singing. Giddens agreed and Burnett produced.
You can listen to Tomorrow Is My Turn in its entirety at NPR Music.
While I hope that Giddens doesn’t leave the Chocolate Drops, she deserves whatever solo success comes her way. I would also opine that, should she depart, the remaining members should fill the vacancy and continue. CCD has reached the point of being less about who is in the band and more about exploring American musical traditions through an African-American set of lenses.
UPDATE: a tour stop here in Madison has been announced: 27 April at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets go on sale 13 February.