Rhiannon Giddens, lead singer of the Carolina Chocolate Drops

Rhiannon Giddens, lead singer of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is touring around the country, singing songs from her solo album Tomorrow is My Turn! She has a beautiful voice, and her music is historically informed. She also has an interesting life story: she learned to fiddle from Joe Thompson in her home state of North Carolina, but before that she studied opera at Oberlin Conservatory!

 

Listen to and read about her here.

 

“The Joyful Tradition of Mountain Music” TED Talk!

 

David Holt plays and talks about music from Appalachia!

Throw Down Your Heart

 

This is a clip from Béla Fleck’s documentary Throw Down Your Heart, featuring a woman named Ruth on thumb piano!