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Season 1, Spring-Summer  2023


Grammy winner and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Rhiannon Giddens hosts a new half-hour series of musical performance and conversation with outstanding guest artists—innovative and accomplished musicians and storytellers who have forged unconventional paths to find their voices. This season’s featured guests are Allison Russell, Rissi Palmer, Charly Lowry, Adia Victoria, Joy Clark, Francesco Turrisi, Justin Robinson, Lalenja Harrington, and Laurelyn Dossett.


“Music has the power to bring us together in ways books, lectures, and indoctrination do not.”

Rhiannon Giddens

Acclaimed musician and North Carolina native Rhiannon Giddens uses her art to excavate the past and reveal bold truths about our present. A MacArthur “genius grant” recipient and two time Grammy Award-winning artist, she co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, formed Our Native Daughters with three other black female banjo players to tell musical stories of historic black womanhood and survival, and has been nominated for six additional Grammys for her work as a soloist and collaborator. Giddens’s latest album, They’re Calling Me Home, is her second collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi and won the 2022 Grammy for Best Folk Album. 

Airing on PBS stations nationwide


Changing the Face of American Music

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Ep 1: Friends in Music

Rhiannon sings and chats with three friends who have been lifelong musical influences.

Charly Lowry plays hand drum on porch of family home

Ep 4: Charly Lowry

Rhiannon Giddens visits the hometown of indigenous singer/songwriter Charly Lowry.

Francesco Turrisi, Jason Sypher, and Rhiannon play

Ep 7: Francesco Turrisi

Rhiannon performs and talks with her partner and musical collaborator, Francesco Turrisi.

Allison Russell talks to Rhiannon in a Nashville recording studio

Ep 2: Allison Russell

Rising star and activist Allison Russell performs and visits with host Rhiannon Giddens.

Adia Victoria talks to host Rhiannon Giddens

Ep 5: Adia Victoria

Rhiannon Giddens visits Nina Simone’s childhood home with indie artist Adia Victoria.

Rissi Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens perform

Ep 3: Rissi Palmer

Country music artist Rissi Palmer shares songs and stories with host Rhiannon Giddens.

Rhiannon and Joy Clark perform together

Ep 6: Joy Clark

Lyrical guitarist Joy Clark shares her upbeat vision with host Rhiannon Giddens.

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