Rhiannon Giddens – You’re The One (Indies Clear Vinyl)

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Rhiannon Giddens’ You’re the One is the Grammy- and MacArthur-winning singer, composer, and instrumentalist’s third solo studio
album and her first of all original songs; her last solo album was 2017’s critically acclaimed Freedom Highway. This collection of 12
songs written over the course of Giddens’ career bursts with life-affirming energy, drawing from the folk music that she knows so
deeply, as well as its pop descendants. The album was produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alicia Keys, Valerie
June, Tank and the Bangas) and recorded at Criteria Recording Studios in Miami with a band composed of Giddens’s closest musical
collaborators from the past decade alongside musicians from Splash’s own Rolodex, topped off with a horn section, making an
impressive ten- to twelve-person ensemble.
Giddens made You’re the One with some of her closest musical collaborators from the past decade, including her partner, Italian
multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, plus multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell, bassist Jason Sypher, and Congolese guitarist Niwel
Tsumbu. The album features electric and upright bass, conga, Cajun and Piano accordions, guitars, a Western string section, and
Miami horns, among other instruments, capturing the inclusive spirit that channels through all of her work.
"I hope that people just hear American music," Giddens says. "Blues, jazz, Cajun, country, gospel, and rock – it's all there. I like to be
where it meets organically. They're fun songs, and I wanted them to have as much of a chance as they could to reach people who
might dig them but don't know anything about what I do. If they're introduced to me through this record, they might go listen to other
music I've made and make some new discoveries.”
You’re the One opens with ‘Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad’, an R&B blast (complete with background "shoops" and horns) that takes a
titan for inspiration. "I listened to a bunch of Aretha Franklin, and then turned to fellow Aretha-nut Dirk Powell and said, ‘Let’s write a
song she might have sung!'" Giddens recalls. Her danceable, vivacious tribute to Franklin's sound is a vocal showcase, spotlighting
her soaring high notes and nearly-growling low ones. Another highlight, ‘If You Don't Know How Sweet It Is', intentionally puts an
edgier spin on the sass of Dolly Parton's early work.
The lead track from the album – its title track ‘You’re the One’ – was inspired by a moment Giddens had with her son not long after he
was born (he's now ten years old, and she also has a fourteen-year-old daughter). "Your life has changed forever, and you don't
know it until you're in the middle of it and it hits you," Giddens says. "I held his little cheek up to my face, and was just reminded, 'Oh
my God, my children – they have every bit of my heart.'"
One of the album's most powerful moments is ‘Another Wasted Life’, inspired by the tragic story of Kalief Browder, who was
incarcerated on Rikers Island for three years without trial. The lone featured guest on the album is Jason Isbell on ‘Yet to Be’, the
story of a Black woman and an Irish man falling in love in America.
It was announced on May 8 that Giddens has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for the opera Omar , which she co-wrote with
Michael Abels (Get Out, Nope).  Omar, based on the autobiography of an enslaved Muslim man, Omar Ibn Said, who lived in
Charleston, SC in the 19 th century, made its world premiere last year at Spoleto Festival and has been performed at LA Opera, Boston
Lyric Opera and North Carolina Arts, with San Francisco Opera scheduled for this November.
As Pitchfork once said, ‘few artists are so fearless and so ravenous in their exploration’ – a journey that has led to NPR naming her
one of its 25 Most Influential Women Musicians of the 21 st Century and to American Songwriter calling her ‘one of the most important
musical minds currently walking the planet’. Giddens’ previous album They're Calling Me Home won the GRAMMY for Best Folk
Album in 2022, making her a two-time winner and eight-time nominee. In the past two years Giddens has also debuted her opera,
Omar, written with film composer Michael Abels (Get Out, Nope), had her PBS’ Great Performances debut with the Nashville Ballet in
Black Lucy and the Bard, which she composed and performed the music for with Francesco Turrisi, and released a children's book
inspired by a song she wrote for Juneteenth called Build A House. She is also the creative director of the Silkroad Ensemble, is this
year’s musical director of the Ojai Festival, created a 10-part video series about the banjo on Wondrium, and is hosting a new series
on PBS this summer called My Music . Giddens has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Elvis Costello and Daniel Lanois, appeared on the
Kennedy Center Awards for Joan Baez, and has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Late Show with
Stephen Colbert, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, CBS Saturday Morning, and the recent GRAMMY Salute to Paul Simon on

1. Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad
2. You’re the One
3. Yet to Be (feat. Jason Isbell)
4. Wrong Kind of Right
5. Another Wasted Life
6. You Louisiana Man
7. If You Don’t Know How Sweet It Is
8. Hen in the Foxhouse
9. Who Are You Dreaming Of
10. You Put the Sugar in My Bowl
11. Way Over Yonder
12. Good Ol’ Cider