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Just the Two of Us (feat. Sxip Shirey)

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  • Rhiannon Giddens has been appointed the next Artistic Director of Silkroad. Her first official appearance will be this Wednesday in a virtual concert for Tanglewood. "Rhiannon is a source of inspiration for all of us," says Kathy Fletcher, Executive Director of Silkroad. “In addition to her enormous musical talent, she fosters an immense social consciousness and creates unity through her art. These are goals for which we consistently strive in our own performances and education initiatives." "Rhiannon is an extraordinary human being and musician," says Silkroad founder Yo-Yo Ma. "She lives Silkroad’s values, at once rooted in history and its many musics, and is an advocate for the contemporary voices that can move us to work together for a better world."

  • While we can't go out to take in great live music, here are some events taking place online to enjoy while staying home this weekend: Lianne La Havas joins NPR Music's live listening party of her new album; Rhiannon Giddens, Francesco Turrisi perform in National Concert Hall Covid-19 memorial concert; Chris Thile's Caramoor concert is streamed; Sam Amidon performs on DeBarra's Folk Club Facebook live; Jeremy Denk's 2015 BBC Proms debut airs on BBC Radio 3; the virtual Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival features past sets by Nickel Creek, Michael Daves.

  • About This Album

    Rhiannon Giddens has released a new music video and recording of “Just the Two of Us,” her take on the Bill Withers classic. The video, which you can watch below, features photos and videos taken by friends and family in quarantine, and workers in the North Carolina UNC and NY-Presbytarian healthcare systems. The recording features longtime collaborator Sxip Shirey on harmonica and electronics. You can listen to and download the song here; proceeds go to Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    “We made this song in a very un-socially distanced time, a few years ago when our paths crossed in New York. It sat, untouched in our vaults since then. When Bill Withers passed, we suddenly remembered we had made this beautiful version of ‘Just the Two of Us,’ and thought it would serve as the perfect backdrop to the reality of where we are now—staying inside so that our healthcare workers have the best chance to fight this virus that cares nothing for the artificial divisions we have put up between us. So whether it's just the two of us, or just a few of us; whether the lockdown has been for months or it’s about to be lifted; Covid-19 is here for the foreseeable future, and the more we can be alone together now, the better the future will be.”

    For more information on the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund and to donate, visit globalgiving.org.

    Giddens recently launched Art Is Alive: A COVID-19 Directory of Give and Take. The website collects and lists resources for artists and those willing to help them. It also has links and resources for fostering awareness, togetherness, and hope for the creative freelance communities affected by the pandemic. Art Is Alive lays out donation opportunities, sources of available funding, a full and ever-evolving list of official insights and information, as well as a breakdown of platforms offering at-home performance opportunities. The site aims to connect artists to fans in the current stay-at-home climate.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Rhiannon Giddens, vocals
    Sxip Shirey, harmonica and electronics
    John Altieri, sousaphone
    Attis Clopton, drums
    Don Godwin, valve trombone

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on May 1, 2020 - 4:54pm
Release Date: 
Thursday, May 7, 2020 (All day)
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“We made this song in a very un-socially distanced time, a few years ago," Rhiannon Giddens says of her take on Bill Withers' "Just the Two of Us" featuring Sxip Shirey. "When Bill Withers passed, we suddenly remembered we had made this and thought it would serve as the perfect backdrop to the reality of where we are now—staying inside so that our healthcare workers have the best chance to fight this virus that cares nothing for the artificial divisions we have put up between us." Proceeds go to Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Description: 

Rhiannon Giddens has released a new music video and recording of “Just the Two of Us,” her take on the Bill Withers classic. The video, which you can watch below, features photos and videos taken by friends and family in quarantine, and workers in the North Carolina UNC and NY-Presbytarian healthcare systems. The recording features longtime collaborator Sxip Shirey on harmonica and electronics. You can listen to and download the song here; proceeds go to Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

“We made this song in a very un-socially distanced time, a few years ago when our paths crossed in New York. It sat, untouched in our vaults since then. When Bill Withers passed, we suddenly remembered we had made this beautiful version of ‘Just the Two of Us,’ and thought it would serve as the perfect backdrop to the reality of where we are now—staying inside so that our healthcare workers have the best chance to fight this virus that cares nothing for the artificial divisions we have put up between us. So whether it's just the two of us, or just a few of us; whether the lockdown has been for months or it’s about to be lifted; Covid-19 is here for the foreseeable future, and the more we can be alone together now, the better the future will be.”

For more information on the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund and to donate, visit globalgiving.org.

Giddens recently launched Art Is Alive: A COVID-19 Directory of Give and Take. The website collects and lists resources for artists and those willing to help them. It also has links and resources for fostering awareness, togetherness, and hope for the creative freelance communities affected by the pandemic. Art Is Alive lays out donation opportunities, sources of available funding, a full and ever-evolving list of official insights and information, as well as a breakdown of platforms offering at-home performance opportunities. The site aims to connect artists to fans in the current stay-at-home climate.

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Friday, May 1, 2020 - 17:00
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Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597919493
Price: 
1.39
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MP3
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075597919516
Price: 
1.29
Artist Name: 
Rhiannon Giddens
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MUSICIANS
Rhiannon Giddens, vocals
Sxip Shirey, harmonica and electronics
John Altieri, sousaphone
Attis Clopton, drums
Don Godwin, valve trombone

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