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Rhiannon Giddens confirms new tour dates, including the Byham Theater in May

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, 2:48 p.m.

Rhiannon Giddens, a recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship, will bring her headlining tour to Pittsburgh's Byham Theater on May 22. The tour celebrates of her second solo album, "Freedom Highway."

This fellowship is a five-year grant to "individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future," and includes a no-strings attached $625,000 grant distributed over five years.

"Freedom Highway" has topped 2017 year-end best-of lists, including NPR Music's which said, "(Giddens) time-travels from antebellum New Orleans to the present day, touching upon spirituals and the blues, Cajun dance music and hip-hop." Rolling Stone magazine said "Giddens makes a most necessary argument for the contemporary urgency of centuries-old roots music stylings."

She co-produced "Freedom Highway" with multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell in his Breaux Bridge, La., studio, with the bulk of the recording done in wooden rooms built prior to the Civil War. The result is an album that is rawer and more personal than its predecessor.

Giddens, a singer, instrumentalist and songwriter, has a recurring role in CMT's series "Nashville." Her Grammy-nominated duet with country superstar Eric Church on his powerful anti-racism song "Kill a World," reached the top 10 on country radio.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 2.

Details: 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

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