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Rhiannon Giddens Performs on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Rhiannon Giddens Performs on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"

    Rhiannon Giddens, co-founding member of the Grammy Award–winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, is featured on the latest episode of Nurse Jackie, Episode 602, which will premiere on Showtime this Sunday, April 20, at 9 PM. On the episode, titled "Pillgrimage," Giddens performs four tunes, backed by her Chocolate Drops bandmate Hubby Jenkins and three New York–based old-time musicians. They perform four traditional numbers, with Giddens doing square dance calls and playing fiddle: "Black Annie," "Cluck Old Hen," "Sail Away Ladies," and "Cumberland Gap." The episode will also be available via Showtime On Demand starting April 21 and is available now via Showtime Anytime, the online streaming service for Showtime subscribers.

    Carolina Chocolate Drops, featuring Giddens, Jenkins, and newer bandmates Rowan Corbett and Malcom Parson, are currently touring the United States, performing music from their Nonesuch albums, Leaving Eden and Genuine Negro Jig, and more. Last week, the group made a stop at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a special concert, part of the BAM's celebration of Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary, that included the world premiere of a dance choreographed by Twyla Tharp set to the band's live musical performance. The New York Times' Brian Seibert called the show a "rollicking, revelatory concert," lauding Giddens as "ridiculously charismatic."

    The concert also inspired New York Times columnist Paul Krugman to make the band the subject of his Friday Night Music feature, an honor he has bestowed upon the group multiple times. "Totally amazing," he writes of the concert and band. "Every time you thought they couldn’t surprise you any more with their range, they pulled something else out ... When Rhiannon Giddens kicked off her shoes and starting dancing, the whole audience lost it."

    To find out where Carolina Chocolate Drops are playing near you, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To peruse the band's Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout.

    In addition to her work with the Chocolate Drops, Giddens continues to make solo appearances. She performed last fall with fellow folk artists for a one-night-only event at New York City's Town Hall to celebrate the music featured in the Coen Brothers' most recent film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The event, which later aired as a Showtime documentary now available on iTunes, garnered Giddens rave reviews. The New York Times called her the "concert's real head turner," while Variety named her a "breakout star ... hold[ing] the capacity crowd spellbound." Nonesuch will release an album of music from the concert later this year.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens is featured on the latest episode of Nurse Jackie, airing on Showtime this Sunday, April 20. She performs four traditional tunes, backed by her bandmate Hubby Jenkins and three other old-time musicians, with Giddens doing square dance calls and playing fiddle. The episode is available now via Showtime's online streaming service, Showtime Anytime. The New York Times, reviewing Carolina Chocolate Drops' recent show in Brooklyn, called it a "rollicking, revelatory concert," lauding Giddens as "ridiculously charismatic." Times columnist Paul Krugman called the show "totally amazing."

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Rhiannon Giddens, co-founding member of the Grammy Award–winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, is featured on the latest episode of Nurse Jackie, Episode 602, which will premiere on Showtime this Sunday, April 20, at 9 PM. On the episode, titled "Pillgrimage," Giddens performs four tunes, backed by her Chocolate Drops bandmate Hubby Jenkins and three New York–based old-time musicians. They perform four traditional numbers, with Giddens doing square dance calls and playing fiddle: "Black Annie," "Cluck Old Hen," "Sail Away Ladies," and "Cumberland Gap." The episode will also be available via Showtime On Demand starting April 21 and is available now via Showtime Anytime, the online streaming service for Showtime subscribers.

Carolina Chocolate Drops, featuring Giddens, Jenkins, and newer bandmates Rowan Corbett and Malcom Parson, are currently touring the United States, performing music from their Nonesuch albums, Leaving Eden and Genuine Negro Jig, and more. Last week, the group made a stop at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a special concert, part of the BAM's celebration of Nonesuch Records' 50th anniversary, that included the world premiere of a dance choreographed by Twyla Tharp set to the band's live musical performance. The New York Times' Brian Seibert called the show a "rollicking, revelatory concert," lauding Giddens as "ridiculously charismatic."

The concert also inspired New York Times columnist Paul Krugman to make the band the subject of his Friday Night Music feature, an honor he has bestowed upon the group multiple times. "Totally amazing," he writes of the concert and band. "Every time you thought they couldn’t surprise you any more with their range, they pulled something else out ... When Rhiannon Giddens kicked off her shoes and starting dancing, the whole audience lost it."

To find out where Carolina Chocolate Drops are playing near you, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. To peruse the band's Nonesuch catalog, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include a download of the complete album at checkout.

In addition to her work with the Chocolate Drops, Giddens continues to make solo appearances. She performed last fall with fellow folk artists for a one-night-only event at New York City's Town Hall to celebrate the music featured in the Coen Brothers' most recent film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The event, which later aired as a Showtime documentary now available on iTunes, garnered Giddens rave reviews. The New York Times called her the "concert's real head turner," while Variety named her a "breakout star ... hold[ing] the capacity crowd spellbound." Nonesuch will release an album of music from the concert later this year.

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Rhiannon and her band were such a pleasure to work with! Hope this "Nurse Jackie" performance gives them a wee boost. Great music.

I am the production sound mixer for the show.

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