Rhiannon Giddens and friends break musical barriers in The Current studio

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Rhiannon Giddens in The Current studio
Rhiannon Giddens performs in The Current studio. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
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  • Rhiannon Giddens - Gonna Write Me a Letter (Live at The Current) 04:28
  • Rhiannon Giddens - Black Swan (Live at The Current) 04:19
  • Rhiannon Giddens - Pizzica di San Vito (Live at The Current) 02:19

The day after playing a show at the Dakota in Minneapolis, Rhiannon Giddens, Francesco Turrisi and bassist Jason Sypher visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

Giddens and Turrisi recently collaborated on an album, There Is No Other, and as the music and the accompanying interview attest, neither of these artists is very interested in — nor limited by — the categories put on music by the industry. Rather, they prefer finding their own connections, which they're pleased to find are corroborated by music history.

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session.

Songs Performed


"Gonna Write Me a Letter"
"Black Swan"
"Pizzica di San Vito"
All songs from Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi's 2019 album, There Is No Other, available on Nonesuch Records.

Hosted by Bill DeVille
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Corey Schreppel and Eric Romani
Visuals by Mary Mathis
Web production by Luke Taylor

External Links

Rhiannon Giddens - official site

Francesco Turrisi - official site

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  • Rhiannon Giddens in The Current studio
    Rhiannon Giddens and bassist Jason Sypher performing in The Current studio. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Rhiannon Giddens in The Current studio
    Francesco Turrisi and Jason Sypher performing with Rhiannon Giddens in The Current studio. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, 'There Is No Other'
    Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, 'There Is No Other' (Nonesuch Records)