No Depression named Rhiannon Giddens its top Artist of the Decade, and asked her bandmate Allison Russell (of Birds of Chicago and Our Native Daughters) to celebrate her mentor and friend in writing.
“Rhiannon Giddens is more than an artist of the decade. She’s an artist for the ages. The breadth and bounty of her oeuvre and accolades over the last two years, let alone the last decade, is staggering.”
Russell acknowledges Giddens’ countless projects and accomplishments over the past decade, including her numerous GRAMMY nominations and awards, collaborations with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Francesco Turrisi and Our Native Daughters, the Lucy Negro Redux Ballet, a MacArthur Fellowship Grant, an upcoming opera and musical, the Aria Code podcast, a TED Talk, involvement in Ken Burns’ newCountry Music documentary, and far more.
“She’s quintessentially American, but also a global citizen — and her music knows no boundaries. Rhiannon is an artist whose currency is empathy and connection,” Russell praises. Giddens’ worldly approach to her artistry has turned heads over the past ten years, creatively breaking genre stereotypes and cultural limitations.