Rhiannon Giddens | They're Calling Me Home (Vinyl)
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Rhiannon Giddens’s 12-track album They’re Calling Me Home, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, speaks of the longing for the comfort of home as well as the metaphorical “call home” of death, which has been a tragic reality for so many during the COVID-19 crisis. They’re Calling Me Home features several traditional songs that Giddens hasn’t played for years, including some of the first old-time pieces she ever learned: “I Shall Not Be Moved,” “Black As Crow (Dearest Dear),” and “Waterbound.” The album also includes a new song by Giddens (“Avalon”) as well as an Italian lullaby (“Nenna Nenna”) that Turrisi used to sing to his infant daughter that took on new resonance during the lockdown. Joining them at key moments are Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu and Irish traditional musician Emer Mayock on flute, whistle, and pipes.