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Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

Through the Lens' Artist of the Year: Rhiannon Giddens

Amos, you summarized Rhiannon nicely in words and pictures. Perhaps a bit of an exaggeration to say she’s THE artist of her time, certainly she’s among the most compelling. She seems whip-smart, articulate and certainly has incredible pipes. 

She's great. I have been listening to (and buying) her music almost exclusively since hearing the Freedom Highway album late last year. I haven't been this excited about a singer since I first heard Iris DeMent back in the Nineties. No superlative can do her talents justice. She's the best.

I agree with you 100% Shawn about her voice, very few singers stop me dead in my tracks, she did.  And I love the range of sounds on her records. Saw her the year before last touring behind Tomorrow Is My Turn. She seemed confident and at ease on stage and sounded every bit as good as she does on record. She will be interesting to follow over the years.

I guess the classical training didn't hurt.

I saw her show recently as well as outdoors last Summer at the NC Museum of Art.  I can think of few musicians today who have her amount of pure talent.  The setlist for recent shows includes covers of Aretha, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bukka White, Blind Willie Johnson, Patsy Cline, Sam Cooke and the Staple Singers.  Of course she also still does banjo and fiddle songs. I have commented on other music threads about male artists who could claim the title Mr. Americana for wide-ranging interests.  Rhiannon takes my vote for the female version.  It is also interesting to read the bio of her bandmember Dirk Powell.  He played electric and acoustic guitar, fiddle, accordion, and keyboards last night.