What Do Rhiannon Giddens, Sam Phillips, and the Movie “Amélie” Have in Common?

Rhiannon GiddensWhen a music critic declares an album “perfect,” it tends to say more about that listener’s enthusiasm—and, perhaps, hubris—than it does about the record. So I’m holding myself back from that kind of overreach here.

Suffice it to say that I’d have a hard time imagining a stronger “debut” record for Rhiannon Giddens than Tomorrow Is My Turn, an album that seems to immediately negate its own title by declaring “Today! Today belongs to Giddens.”

Here is Giddens’ chance to step into a solo spotlight under her own name for the first time, and what does she do? She shows respect to a legacy of performers who have come before her.

One of those names in particular just might become your new favorite rock n’ roll guitarist. (Hint: Are you a fan of the movie Amélie?)

Check out my latest edition of “Listening Closer.” Listen to a track from Tomorrow is My Turn, and learn about the inspirations for this incredible record.


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