Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens is a Grammy and MacArthur Genius Award winner and cofounder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has released two albums on Nonesuch Records: Tomorrow Is My Turn (2014) and Freedom Highway (2017).
November 20, 2018

Track 1 – “Lights in the Valley” (Live) by Joe & Odell Thompson 

They were part of a dying tradition: musicians from the community playing functional music for social dances, not to make a living but because that’s simply what they did. They were also among the last living links to a vast black string band tradition that used to be spread all over the South and other parts of the U.S. but had slowly disappeared until very few were left. And they were swallowed up by the wider societal notion that fiddle and banjo music was strictly a white preserve.