The intelligence of a self-described nerd, the voice of an angel, the conscience of a saint. Rhiannon Giddens sang last night at Duke. Stunning and fabulous.
Founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, now on a solo tour (but still backed by a newly reconstituted and amazing Chocolate Drops), Giddens ranged from Patsy Cline to Sister Rosetta Tharpe ("Up Above My Head"), from blues to reclaimed ministrel tunes.
Check her out. Amazing.