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Just the Two of Us (feat. Sxip Shirey)

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  • Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi performed an NPR Music Tiny Desk Home Concert from Dublin. The set includes four "old songs," as Giddens calls them—"'cause with these kinds of emotions, the old songs say it best." You can watch it here. "They're finding comfort in being together, making music together, thinking of their families in both Italy and the United States, and hoping to comfort us all with some down-home tunes," says NPR's Bob Boilen. "And with banjos, fiddles, a bodhrán, and that stunning voice, it sure worked for me!"

  • 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—a long Memorial Day weekend in the US: Joshua Redman and Tigran Hamasyan perform in the free online Tokyo Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday; Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi lead a live home concert to benefit Gather New Haven Friday; Lake Street Dive's 2018 concert at The Anthem in DC premieres on Nugs Friday; Lianne La Havas is on BBC Two's Later... With Jools Holland from home Friday night.

  • 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
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
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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