I usually don't post twice on Monday, but tomorrow, February 10th, Rhiannon Giddens releases her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn. If you have been following my previous posts on Monday Monday Music, you'll already know that I'm a big fan and believe it is truly her turn to get the attention she deserves. Here, she is again in good company as T Bone Burnett has produced this album and continues to guide one of the most dynamic voices of her generation.
Here is her YouTube Channel Playlist for Tomorrow Is My Turn
This new project is Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes produced by T Bone Burnett. It uncovers new lyrics that were written in 1967 by Bob Dylan that were never released and not part of the original, The Basement Tapes (The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete). These sessions werehome-recorded reel to reel tapes made with members of The Band at their "Big Pink" house basement in Woodstock, New York, 1967.
Mr. Burnett's vision with The New Basement tapes was to capture the open spirit and collaboration of the original recordings with a new group of musicians including: Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford. Watching the documentary of the creative process of Burnett with this group of people was very inspiring to me. I think this would be a great activity for any organization to view; how a group of people can come together and create something completely new from a set of existing materials, in this case, Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics and drawings.
The song, Lost on the River was recorded in several different versions with different members of the band taking lead- adding new lyrics, orchestrating the arrangement and lead vocals. One arrangement, just blew me away as Rhiannon Giddens goes through her journey with her mates on this song. I hope you appreciate her work here, because if you have not heard of Rhiannon Giddens, you will after this, and know that a star is born in our Americana consciousness.