During her debut performance on Austin City Limits, Rhiannon Giddens introduced the fiery “Louisiana Man,” slighly suggesting that the number was especially for the women in the audience. “So we had a sad love song already today,” Giddens told the crowd. “This is a mad love song.”
Giddens and her stellar band launched into a breakdown fierce enough to strike fear in the heart of treacherous lovers everywhere.
The classically trained Giddens studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a proponent of old-time music, a genre which originated from both African and European music and dates back to the 19th century. Giddens recently made headlines as the first woman and non-white winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
Giddens, a co-founder of roots band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, is currently rising on the country charts through her collaboration with Eric Church on “Kill a Word.”
The multi-talented musician has also signed on to be the newest Nashville cast member when the series returns to television on Jan. 5 on CMT. Giddens will portray Hallie Jordan, a social worker hiding an incredible singing voice.
You can currently catch Giddens out on the road on the West Coast and in her home state of North Carolina.