Rhiannon Giddens

FREEDOM HIGHWAY

The title track, written and originally made famous by the Staple Singers in 1965, was released as a first single. Giddens shared a statement about Freedom Highway that she wrote the day after the election: “I am a daughter of the South; of the white working class, of the black working class; of the Democrat, and the Republican; of the gay, and the straight; and I can tell you one thing—we are far more alike than we are different. We cannot let hate divide us; we cannot let ignorance diminish us; we cannot let those whose greed fills their every waking hour take our country from us. They can’t take U.S. from US—unless we let them. I recorded this with Bhi Bhiman, all-American singer-songwriter from St. Louis, whose parents are from Sri Lanka. America’s strength is her people, whether they came 4,000, 400, or 40 years ago, and we can’t leave anyone behind. Let’s walk down Freedom Highway together.” 9 originals and three covers make up this superb sequel to her 2015 solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn.