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Factory Girl [EP]

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  • Rhiannon Giddens has released "Waterbound," a second track from her upcoming album with Francesco Turrisi, They’re Calling Me Home, out April 9. The song is a traditional fiddle tune first recorded in the 1920s that includes the refrain, "Waterbound, and I can't get home, down to North Carolina," capturing a central theme of the new album: longing for the comfort of home and family in this time of prolonged isolation. The video, which you can watch here, was filmed in Ireland and includes footage from the recording session that took place in a small studio on a working farm outside Dublin. The song and video also feature Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu. Giddens says, “‘Waterbound’ is a song I learned a long time ago and it brings me forcefully home to North Carolina when I sing it, and considering that I am, indeed waterbound, and have been for a long time, it's a rare moment when a folk song represents exactly my situation in time.”

  • Rhiannon Giddens’ new album, They're Calling Me Home, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, will be released April 9 (vinyl June 11) on Nonesuch Records; vinyl is due June 11. The album was recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown in Ireland. The two expats found themselves drawn to and comforted by the music of their native and adoptive countries of America, Italy, and Ireland, which they recorded at a spare studio on a working farm outside of Dublin. The result is a twelve-song album that speaks to the longing for the comfort of home as well as the metaphorical call "home" of death. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a limited-edition, autographed print and an instant download of the song "Calling Me Home," the video for which can be seen here.

  • About This Album

    On the heels of her highly acclaimed solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn, Rhiannon Giddens's five-song vinyl EP Factory Girl was first released on Nonesuch Records on November 27, 2015, to coincide with the Black Friday Record Store Day event, and became widely available, including digitally, December 11. It was released on CD for the first time on February 10, 2017. The EP is culled from the same T Bone Burnett–produced sessions that yielded Tomorrow Is My Turn. "It's a clutch of tunes that work together like the cards in a winning poker hand," the New York Times says of Factory Girl. "Her accompaniment … points to an ageless gold standard for American roots music." "Deftly curated, gorgeously sung," says NPR, "this EP is America."

    As with Tomorrow Is My Turn, Giddens again records traditional songs music and rethinking ones written or made famous by her musical heroes Ethel Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharp. Giddens co-wrote, with her sister Lalenja Harrington and Burnett, "Moonshiner's Daughter," which draws inspiration from family lore about her great-grandfather, a notorious rum-runner. A traditional Gaelic mouth music tune also is featured, along with the title track, a traditional Irish song for which Giddens, deeply troubled by the 2013 factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,100 workers, wrote additional lyrics.

    The sessions for the album and EP took place in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group of players assembled by Burnett. Musicians on Factory Girl include Burnett; fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's renowned Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens' Carolina Chocolate Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Rhiannon Giddens, vocals
    Jay Bellerose, drums
    Dennis Crouch, acoustic bass
    Colin Linden, guitar (1, 3, 4, 5)
    Gabriel Witcher, fiddle
    Jack Ashford, tambourine (1)
    Hubby Jenkins, acoustic guitar (1), banjo (5)
    Adam Matta, beatbox (2)
    Paul Kowert, acoustic bass (2, 4, 5)
    Jack Ashford, tambourine (2, 4, 5)
    T Bone Burnett, guitars (3)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by T Bone Burnett
    Recorded by Vanessa Parr
    "Moonshiner’s Daughter" recorded by Mike Piersante
    Additional Recording by Jason Wormer and Chris Wilkinson
    Mixed by Jason Wormer
    Second Engineers: Jeff Gartenbaum, Chris Wilkinson, Chandler Harrod
    Recorded at The Village, Los Angeles, CA; House Of Blues, Nashville, TN; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
    Mixed at Olympic Studios, Los Angeles, CA and The Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA
    Equipment Tech: Zachary Dawes
    Production Coordinator / Contractor: Ivy Skoff

    Design by Doyle Partners
    Photography by John Peets

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on October 16, 2015 - 4:39pm
Release Date: 
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 14:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Recorded during the T Bone Burnett–produced sessions for Rhiannon Giddens's highly acclaimed solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, the five-song EP Factory Girl includes songs written or made famous by musical heroes Ethel Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharp; a song co-written by Giddens; a traditional Gaelic mouth music tune; and the title track, a traditional Irish song for which Giddens wrote additional lyrics. "It's a clutch of tunes that work together like the cards in a winning poker hand," says the New York Times. "Her accompaniment … points to an ageless gold standard for American roots music." "Deftly curated, gorgeously sung," says NPR, "this EP is America."

Description: 

On the heels of her highly acclaimed solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn, Rhiannon Giddens's five-song vinyl EP Factory Girl was first released on Nonesuch Records on November 27, 2015, to coincide with the Black Friday Record Store Day event, and became widely available, including digitally, December 11. It was released on CD for the first time on February 10, 2017. The EP is culled from the same T Bone Burnett–produced sessions that yielded Tomorrow Is My Turn. "It's a clutch of tunes that work together like the cards in a winning poker hand," the New York Times says of Factory Girl. "Her accompaniment … points to an ageless gold standard for American roots music." "Deftly curated, gorgeously sung," says NPR, "this EP is America."

As with Tomorrow Is My Turn, Giddens again records traditional songs music and rethinking ones written or made famous by her musical heroes Ethel Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharp. Giddens co-wrote, with her sister Lalenja Harrington and Burnett, "Moonshiner's Daughter," which draws inspiration from family lore about her great-grandfather, a notorious rum-runner. A traditional Gaelic mouth music tune also is featured, along with the title track, a traditional Irish song for which Giddens, deeply troubled by the 2013 factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,100 workers, wrote additional lyrics.

The sessions for the album and EP took place in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group of players assembled by Burnett. Musicians on Factory Girl include Burnett; fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's renowned Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens' Carolina Chocolate Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Recorded by Vanessa Parr
"Moonshiner’s Daughter" recorded by Mike Piersante
Additional Recording by Jason Wormer and Chris Wilkinson
Mixed by Jason Wormer
Second Engineers: Jeff Gartenbaum, Chris Wilkinson, Chandler Harrod
Recorded at The Village, Los Angeles, CA; House Of Blues, Nashville, TN; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
Mixed at Olympic Studios, Los Angeles, CA and The Village, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA
Equipment Tech: Zachary Dawes
Production Coordinator / Contractor: Ivy Skoff

Design by Doyle Partners
Photography by John Peets

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

551822

ns_album_releasedate: 
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 19:45
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
VINYL 10"
UPC: 
075597948998
Price: 
12.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597947694
Price: 
4.00
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597947588
Price: 
5.00
Label: 
96/24 HD FLAC
UPC: 
075597947601
Price: 
6.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597938333
Artist Name: 
Rhiannon Giddens
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MUSICIANS
Rhiannon Giddens, vocals
Jay Bellerose, drums
Dennis Crouch, acoustic bass
Colin Linden, guitar (1, 3, 4, 5)
Gabriel Witcher, fiddle
Jack Ashford, tambourine (1)
Hubby Jenkins, acoustic guitar (1), banjo (5)
Adam Matta, beatbox (2)
Paul Kowert, acoustic bass (2, 4, 5)
Jack Ashford, tambourine (2, 4, 5)
T Bone Burnett, guitars (3)

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