Rhiannon Giddens: In my opinion, one of best, most talented, and most versatile female voices to come along in some time, and I love her eclectic mix of material -- old timey mountain music, blues, folk, spirituals, country, and even some pop standards. Singin' the blues, she can out-bessie Bessie Smith, and on country tunes she more than gives Patsy Cline a run for her money. On top of that, Rhiannon's a damn fine fiddler and banjo player, accompanying herself in performances steeped in tradition that pulse with authenticity and a deep understanding of roots music. I also enjoyed her former group, the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, who can be heard in many outstanding performances on Youtube. I guess it's clear I really dig this gal!
2010 Andres Marvi (cedar/Madagascar rosewood)
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