Our Native Daughters featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell(from the album Songs of Our Native Daughters available on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) (by Bryant Liggett)
This could be one of the better Punk Rock albums of 2019. The Minutemen’s D. Boon once said ‘punk is whatever we made it to be’ and an album with the self-described genre classification of ‘struggle and protest’ that finds Rhiannon Giddens (solo, Carolina Chocolate Drops) joined by Leyla McCalla, Amythyst Kiah and Allison Russell playing Blues and Folk, Old Time Music and Gospel while exploring class cultural issues of race and gender in early American, a topic right up Joe Strummers alley. The rich harmonies and loose instrumentation that roll from plucked Folk notes to a foot-stomping beat, accompanied by the stellar booklet history lesson that releases on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings contain.
Songs of Our Native Daughters opens with the gospel oriented “Black Myself,” the narrator proudly letting us know this is who she is. The musical stance is followed by the hopeful “Moon Meets the Sun,” a narrative that speaks to the unbroken spirit of people forced to be somewhere against their will. “I Knew I Could Fly” is a beautiful Folk song of escape and “Polly Ann’s Hammer” is ripe for clogging and loaded with old-time charm. “Slave Driver” goes light on the Reggae and heavy on the Blues, followed by “Better Git Yer Learnin’”, a soundscape that moves from a finger-plucked melody to driving fiddle, narrated by the lyrical advice of those soon to be free while “Music and Joy” is a song where the title matches the content. Songs of Our Native Daughters exits with “You’re Not Alone”, a great closer for an album that is rich with history and hope. (by Bryant Liggett)
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