Rhiannon Giddens Releases New Song ‘Don’t Call Me Names’

By Scott Bernstein Aug 24, 2020 7:41 am PDT

Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens unveiled a new single entitled “Don’t Call Me Names.” The song premiered yesterday on Apple Music Country’s first-ever Southern Craft Radio episode.

“The framework in the song is a love affair, but it can happen in any kind of connection,” Giddens said of her latest single. “The real story was accepting my inner strength and refusing to continue being gaslit and held back; and refusing to keep sacrificing my mental health for the sake of anything or anyone.”

Read more from Rhiannon about “Don’t Call Me Names”:

I don’t often write personal songs but this one has stayed with me – it poured out then and has just sat there waiting for the right time. I got a chance to do it with some incredible musicians and a fabulous producer and I’m thrilled it’s going to be out in the world; when I listen to it, the anger that I felt then now is the anger I feel at my entire country being gaslit, held back, and sacrificed. We have to keep saying NO to toxic behavior, no matter how small or large the stage, and keep saying it nice and loud.

Stream “Don’t Call Me Names” below:

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