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."

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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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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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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

  • Nashville Ballet's production of Black Lucy and the Bard, set to an original score by Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi, premieres on PBS's Great Performances this Friday, September 16, at 9pm ET. Playing onstage alongside the dancers, Giddens and Turrisi play several instruments including violin, banjo, mandolin, and piano. Author and performer Caroline Randall Williams narrates the ballet with her own spoken word poetry from the 2015 book on which the show was based, Lucy Negro, Redux. Choreographed and directed by Nashville Ballet’s artistic director Paul Vasterling, the ballet was recorded in March 2022.

  • Rhiannon Giddens is on Southern Living's Biscuits & Jam podcast. She talks with Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans about her childhood in North Carolina, learning from her mentor Joe Thompson, making music with Carolina Chocolate Drops and in her own solo work, her new opera, Omar, and more, not least her efforts to bake the perfect biscuit. “I feel like I represent what the South is, which is a mixture of things,” Giddens says. “And I think that’s where our strength is.” You can hear their conversation 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