Rhiannon Giddens Quotes
I'm really interested in history and when I looked into the settlers who came to my home state, North Carolina, I found that the largest settlement of Hebridean islanders outside of Scotland was right there in North Carolina.
My life used to be record, tour, record, tour. You can never say no as a freelance musician. I was on the road 200 days a year.
Black women have historically had the most to lose and have therefore been the fiercest fighters for justice.
American music is always best when it comes from a mixture of things.
Ibn Said's autobiography is an extraordinary work, and his story is one that's absolutely crucial to tell.
I love the U.K. folk scene. In the States, nobody knows what to do with me. There's still a very narrow definition of Americana.
Being mixed in the South, that's a struggle that everybody deals with differently. Some people go careening to one side or the other, and some people try to walk a tightrope between the two. I grew up spending equal time with both sides of my family.
We have been fed so many false narratives, many of them racialized to deliberately feed a racist agenda. It's important to address and dig into that wherever you can.
When I got into college, I got into operatic vocalists, like Leontyne Price.
I stood on people's shoulders, so I want to be there for somebody else to take it even further.
I think it's important that everybody has access to music, and not just people who live in cities or who can afford to drive to the nearest city.
I'm not gonna force something or fake something to try to get more black people at my shows. I'm not gonna do some big hip-hop crossover.
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