NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation is popular among its listeners, but their Top Ten list was newly published yesterday. In no particular order, Our Native Daughters and Josh Ritter both had the honor of being featured.
Ritter’s “Old Black Magic” from his new album Fever Breaks (due April 26) was praised for its dramatic nature and elevating qualities. Deemed “one of the strongest songwriters on the scene,” Ritter makes waves by collaborating with producer Jason Isbell and his band, The 400 Unit, backing them up.
Female supergroup Our Native Daughters’ “Black Myself” won respect as a unique banjo quartet, reincarnating African-American roots music. The band’s reflection of the female black experience is captivating, winning NPR’s heart this week. The four members – Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell excel in storytelling and lyricism on their debut record, Songs of Our Native Daughters, released via Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.