Factory Girl [EP]

Submitted by nonesuch on Fri, 10/16/2015 - 16:39
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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

Nonesuch Selection Number

551822

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Album Status
Artist Name
Rhiannon Giddens
MusicianDetails

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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UPC/Price
Label
VINYL 10"
UPC
075597948998
Label
MP3
Price
4.00
UPC
075597947694
Label
FLAC
Price
5.00
UPC
075597947588
Label
96/24 HD FLAC
Price
6.00
UPC
075597947601
Label
CD+MP3
UPC
075597938333
  • 551822

News & Reviews

  • Rhiannon Giddens is on Sing for Science, the science and music podcast from Talkhouse. The focus of the episode, titled “At the Purchaser’s Option: Listening for the African Diaspora in American Music,” is the opening track to her 2017 album, Freedom Highway. Giddens, host Matt Whyte, and ethnomusicologist Dr. Portia Maultsby discuss "At the Purchaser's Option," the African origins of the banjo, and the connection between African and African American music. You can hear it here.

  • Rhiannon Giddens will tour the UK this spring, joined by multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi. The tour starts in Aberdeen on April 27, with shows in Edinburgh, Gateshead, Perth, London, Norwich, Birmingham, and Essex. They follow the last two concerts of Giddens' Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall and bookend the Boston Lyric Opera run of Omar, her opera with Michael Abels, in May. They precede the 2023 Ojai Festival, of which she is Music Director, in June, and a trip to Italy for festival sets in Spoleto and Umbria in July.

  • 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