Nonesuch to Release Rhiannon Giddens's EP "Factory Girl" for Black Friday Record Store Day, November 27

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Recorded during the T Bone Burnett–produced sessions for Rhiannon Giddens's highly acclaimed solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, her five-song vinyl EP Factory Girl is due on Black Friday Record Store Day, November 27, 2015; a digital version is due December 11. The EP 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 she wrote additional lyrics. Giddens resumes her tour on November 6, with new international tour dates announced for early 2016, including several as part of Transatlantic Sessions.

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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 is released on Nonesuch Records on November 27, 2015, to coincide with the Black Friday Record Store Day event; a digital version of Factory Girl is available December 11. The EP is culled from the same T Bone Burnett–produced sessions that yielded Tomorrow Is My Turn, which the Wall Street Journal said "confirms the arrival of a significant talent whose voice and distinctive approach communicate the simmering emotion at the core of the songs." Additionally, the Los Angeles Times called the album "a collection that should solidify her status as one of the bright new lights in pop music." Giddens continues touring in support of the album and EP on November 6, with new international tour dates announced for early 2016, including several as part of Transatlantic Sessions. See below for all of the currently scheduled dates.

As with Tomorrow Is My Turn, Giddens again records traditional songs and rethinks 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's Carolina Chocolate Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.

Giddens tours with her bandmates from Carolina Chocolate Drops—Jenkins, cellist Malcolm Parson, and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett—augmented by drummer Jamie Dick and bassist Jason Sypher.

RHIANNON GIDDENS ON TOUR

Nov 6 Silver Creek Event Center* New Buffalo, MI
Nov 8 Théâtre Petit Champlain* Quebec City, QC
Nov 9 La Tulipe* Montreal, QC
Nov 10 Infinity Music Hall* Hartford, CT
Nov 12 Hangar Theatre* Ithaca, NY
Nov 13 Towne Crier Café Beacon, NY
Nov 14 The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor, ME
Nov 15 The Flying Monkey Plymouth, NH
Nov 19 Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Brookeville, NY
Nov 20 The Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
Nov 24 Acadiana Center for the Arts** Lafayette, LA
     
Jan 20 Handelsbeurs Gent, BELGIUM
Jan 21 Kulturkirche Cologne, GERMANY
Jan 22 Columbia Theatre Berlin, GERMANY
Jan 23 North Sea Jazz Club Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Jan 25 New Morning Paris, FRANCE
Jan 27 Old Fruit Market Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Jan 29 Royal Concert Hall^ Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Jan 31 Royal Concert Hall^ Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Feb 1 Royal Festival Hall^ London, ENGLAND
Feb 2 Symphony Hall^ Birmingham, ENGLAND
Feb 3 Sage Gateshead^ Gateshead, ENGLAND
Feb 4 Bridgewater Hall^ Manchester, ENGLAND
Feb 5 Millennium^ Derry, N. IRELAND
     

* w/special guest Birds of Chicago
** Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell
^ Rhiannon Giddens appears as part of Transatlantic Sessions, an all-star band featuring artists from both sides of the Atlantic

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Rhiannon Giddens: "Factory Girl" [cover]
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015
    Nonesuch to Release Rhiannon Giddens's EP "Factory Girl" for Black Friday Record Store Day, November 27

    On the heels of her highly acclaimed solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn, Rhiannon Giddens's five-song vinyl EP Factory Girl is released on Nonesuch Records on November 27, 2015, to coincide with the Black Friday Record Store Day event; a digital version of Factory Girl is available December 11. The EP is culled from the same T Bone Burnett–produced sessions that yielded Tomorrow Is My Turn, which the Wall Street Journal said "confirms the arrival of a significant talent whose voice and distinctive approach communicate the simmering emotion at the core of the songs." Additionally, the Los Angeles Times called the album "a collection that should solidify her status as one of the bright new lights in pop music." Giddens continues touring in support of the album and EP on November 6, with new international tour dates announced for early 2016, including several as part of Transatlantic Sessions. See below for all of the currently scheduled dates.

    As with Tomorrow Is My Turn, Giddens again records traditional songs and rethinks 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's Carolina Chocolate Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.

    Giddens tours with her bandmates from Carolina Chocolate Drops—Jenkins, cellist Malcolm Parson, and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett—augmented by drummer Jamie Dick and bassist Jason Sypher.

    RHIANNON GIDDENS ON TOUR

    Nov 6 Silver Creek Event Center* New Buffalo, MI
    Nov 8 Théâtre Petit Champlain* Quebec City, QC
    Nov 9 La Tulipe* Montreal, QC
    Nov 10 Infinity Music Hall* Hartford, CT
    Nov 12 Hangar Theatre* Ithaca, NY
    Nov 13 Towne Crier Café Beacon, NY
    Nov 14 The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor Boothbay Harbor, ME
    Nov 15 The Flying Monkey Plymouth, NH
    Nov 19 Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Brookeville, NY
    Nov 20 The Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE
    Nov 24 Acadiana Center for the Arts** Lafayette, LA
         
    Jan 20 Handelsbeurs Gent, BELGIUM
    Jan 21 Kulturkirche Cologne, GERMANY
    Jan 22 Columbia Theatre Berlin, GERMANY
    Jan 23 North Sea Jazz Club Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
    Jan 25 New Morning Paris, FRANCE
    Jan 27 Old Fruit Market Glasgow, SCOTLAND
    Jan 29 Royal Concert Hall^ Glasgow, SCOTLAND
    Jan 31 Royal Concert Hall^ Glasgow, SCOTLAND
    Feb 1 Royal Festival Hall^ London, ENGLAND
    Feb 2 Symphony Hall^ Birmingham, ENGLAND
    Feb 3 Sage Gateshead^ Gateshead, ENGLAND
    Feb 4 Bridgewater Hall^ Manchester, ENGLAND
    Feb 5 Millennium^ Derry, N. IRELAND
         

    * w/special guest Birds of Chicago
    ** Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell
    ^ Rhiannon Giddens appears as part of Transatlantic Sessions, an all-star band featuring artists from both sides of the Atlantic

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