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Session Notes from Songs of Our Native Daughters

Wednesday, March 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Session Notes from Songs of Our Native Daughters
On recording the new Smithsonian Folkways album with producers Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell
By
Charlie Weber
Folklife, March 18, 2019

Dirk Powell, producer of Songs of Our Native Daughters, pointed to the back of the control room. I was filming him on a break at Cypress House, his studio in Louisiana.

“She was sitting right there on that green Naugahyde couch, and I was in that little room playing the guitar, and she had the talkback mic.”

Dirk was telling me about the day before, when he and his producing partner, Rhiannon Giddens, were laying down a “guide track” for a song they would later name “Barbados.” . . .

For years before, Rhiannon—a native of North Carolina, a musician, and an activist—had researched the songs and haunting narratives of enslaved Africans. . . .

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