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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 10:17 PM


The Carolina Chocolate Drops were on NPR radio show "Fresh Air." Listen to the program in its entirety here;

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123968480




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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 10:29 PM
Why can't this group at least get a Grammy nomination.

I was driving with most of my aunts in the car while going to my Uncles' funeral.
The music they played brought them back to times when they were young and went to different houses each week for "back porch concerts". they talked about things they did back then and remembered good times with their little brother, rather than the sad fact of taking him to his grave.

I'll support the Carolina Chocolate Drops as long as they're together. They helped helped us through a bad time, and their music is always uplifting to hear.

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 10:55 PM
Jesus dude, when I saw the title of the post, I thought it may be inappropriate. Until I realized it was about a great band. Was unfamiliar with the title. Nice job.
 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 11:03 PM
Thanks for starting this thread and making me aware of this band!

These guys are freakin awesome!

They have a ton of videos on youtube---check them out folks!

 

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  posted on 3/2/2010 at 11:15 PM
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Thanks for starting this thread and making me aware of this band!

These guys are freakin awesome!

They have a ton of videos on youtube---check them out folks!




Great music here no doubt, thanks for turning us on to it. What an original band name, throwback to the late 60's early 70's. The band names back then were much more unique than today.

 

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  posted on 3/3/2010 at 12:56 AM
Rhiannon Giddens..
 

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  posted on 3/3/2010 at 09:36 AM
stuff!
 

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  posted on 3/3/2010 at 09:43 AM
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Jesus dude, when I saw the title of the post, I thought it may be inappropriate. Until I realized it was about a great band. Was unfamiliar with the title. Nice job.


At first I thought this was about a fishing lure ... or a dance.

I caught these guys (and gal) a while back - FANTASTIC!

 

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  posted on 3/3/2010 at 10:17 AM
Shepp, their name is not entirely original. It's a take off on The Tennessee Chocolate Drops.
 

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  posted on 3/3/2010 at 11:00 AM
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Rhiannon Giddens..


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  posted on 3/3/2010 at 08:12 PM
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Shepp, their name is not entirely original. It's a take off on The Tennessee Chocolate Drops.


Oh, ok thanks, still pretty cool though. Really good music. Too bad they'll never get any radio play. Maybe on Sattelite?

 

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  posted on 3/3/2010 at 08:26 PM
These guys are fantastic!!!!! I've caught them 2 out of the last 3 times they've played in Charleston...once at the world-renowned Spoleto Festival under the grand oaks and stars at the Sistern Chapel @ College of Charleston, and once last year at the BBQ & Bluegrass Festival at Boone Hall Plantation. They opened for Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder and damn-near stole the show. They are incredible string musicians and truly capture a sound and feel of yesteryear. Do yourselves a favor and see them before the Grammy nods start rolling in. I actually video'd their performance at Boone Hall...once I figure out how to transfer the mini-dvds to big/burnable/tradable sized dvds I'm gonna start a vine!!!
 

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  posted on 3/3/2010 at 08:30 PM
love this - thanks for sharing!

 

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 01:38 PM
Thanks for letting me in on this great combo! What a find! I went to the NPR link, and instantly recognized the name Dom Flemons. I lived in Flagstaff AZ for 23 years, and used to play music around town all the time. Dom was always playing, everywhere, anywhere there was a microphone, or ears on the street. I was always glad to hear him, he reminded me very much of Woody Guthrie...he could always sing away your blues. He has a great talking blues style. I always requested his absolutely hilarious talking woodstock blues, his impressions of a recent Woodstock concert, could stand side by side with Arlo.

Go Dom! Wow. Local kid makes good. And, it would sure be nice to hear some more of Rhiannon's opera voice, she sings a little on the NPR interview. Incredible. This is a group to follow, they have a lot of tricks up their sleeves.

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  posted on 9/5/2010 at 02:09 PM
Love this band.....watched them as complete unknowns on the Thursday [Friday?] at Merlefest some years back only to see their star rise by the Sunday. Great pleasure to see them with Joe Thompson [their inspiration] the following year.
Rhiannon G, oh yesssssss

 

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  posted on 9/7/2010 at 12:22 PM
I heard the "Fresh Air" interview a while back & I'm now waiting for the "Hardly Strickly Bluegrass Festival" here in SF the first weekend of October when they're scheduled to perform, really looking forward to seeing them.
Here's the link for HSBG: http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/

 

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  posted on 9/8/2010 at 03:41 PM
There's a torrent running on etree...
http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=538456

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Weesner Amphitheater
Minnesota Zoo
Apple Valley, MN
August 27, 2010


Busman BSC1's (Cards)>Busman Mod HD-P2, 24/48
Format: 16-bit, 44.1 kHz, Soundforge (dither, resample)
Samsung 8gb CF>Soundforge>WAV
Taped and transferred by Cliff Morse

01. Was You Ever In Quebec>Candy Gal
02. Old Corn Liquor
03. Don't Get Trouble In Your Mind
04. Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine
05. The Boatman's Dance
06. My Little Lady
07. We Got Married In A Fever
08. Snoden's Jig (Genuine Negro Jig)
09. Black Annie
10. (Gaelic Spoken Song)

01. Corn Bread and Butter Beans
02. Cindy Gal
03. Hit 'Em Up Style
04. Sourwood Mountain
05. Old Cat Died
06. Salty Dog
07. Travelin' Shoes

 

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  posted on 9/8/2010 at 06:51 PM
Historical American music. Just like the Blues. The last jug band I listened to was called Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions.
We all know what happened to them.

 

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  posted on 9/8/2010 at 07:51 PM
By the way, their live show is a fun guitar-throwing, buck dancing visual treat.

 

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  posted on 9/8/2010 at 08:02 PM
Got and love it!!

 

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  posted on 9/9/2010 at 06:38 PM
Just went to the record store and picked this one up. It's
"the real article" , as Woody Guthrie would say. Check it out!

 

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  posted on 9/11/2010 at 10:54 AM
I took ooogie's advice and found the torrent of the Minnesota Zoo show 8/27/2010 on bt.etree.
Great audience recording! If you're interested and don't run the torrents, I've posted it on the Vines
Forum of this site, here's the thread:

http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&am p;file=viewthread&tid=110021






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  posted on 11/9/2010 at 05:54 PM
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Nonesuch Records releases its second record from North Carolina-based string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops—a four-song EP—on January 25. The record is a collaboration with the New York City–based Romanian gypsy punk band Luminescent Orchestrii; it was co-produced by that group’s sound engineer, Joseph “Bass” DeJarnette, with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestrii. This self-titled EP is available for pre-order here in the Nonesuch Store, where the first 100 copies of the CD and the first 100 copies of the 10" vinyl EP will be signed by the Carolina Chocolate Drops. All pre-orders include an instant digital download of the record’s opening track, “Short Dress Gal.” (As always, purchases from the Nonesuch Store include a high-quality digital download of the record at no additional charge, available release day.) To pre-order now on CD and vinyl, click here - http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/carolina-chocolate-drops-luminescent-orchest rii.

The project began when both the Luminescent Orchestrii and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, longtime admirers of each others’ music, were performing at the Folk Alliance festival in Memphis, Tennessee. Every day in Memphis, the Lumiis would set up in the hall and do a short set for the passersby. One day the Lumiis’ Sxip Shirey noticed that the Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens was watching and asked her to join them. What followed was “magic … one of those rare festival moments that never happens again,” as Shirey said.

The Chocolate Drops were soon invited to Brooklyn to join the Luminescent Orchestrii and their friend human beatboxer Adam Matta to record “Knockin’,” from the Lumiis’ record Too Hot to Sleep, and Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ’Em Up Style,” which was on the Drops’ album Genuine Negro Jig. Next the Lumiis and Matta went down to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to record a new version of the Sam Morgan jazz classic “Short Dress Gal” and the Lumii song “Escoutas (Diga Diga Diga).” These four songs comprise Carolina Chocolate Drops / Luminescent Orchestrii.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops formed after band members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson met at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, in 2005; they have toured continuously since the band’s inception. All three trained in the Piedmont banjo and fiddle musical tradition under the tutelage of Joe Thompson. The members come from diverse musical backgrounds, sharing singing duties and swapping instruments throughout their sets. Flemons has immersed himself in the music of the past, with a prodigious record collection and an immense knowledge of the different playing styles of the blues, country, and string band traditions. In addition to her work with Joe Thompson, Giddens—a Piedmont native—studied opera at Oberlin Conservatory, performs with a Celtic band and is also an avid contra dancer and caller. Robinson, the group’s main fiddler, also plays banjo; he grew up in a house full of musicians—his mother is a classically trained opera singer and cellist, his sister a classical pianist and his grandfather a harmonica player.

The Luminescent Orchestrii’s music features Romanian gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard-rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip-hop beats, and Appalachian fiddle, all eaten and spit out by two violins, resophonic guitar, bullhorn harmonica, and bass. The band members are from different scenes in New York City, yet come together through their love of Balkan and Gypsy music. Sxip Shirey is an international circus composer, Sarah Alden is an old-time fiddle player, Rima Fand is an experimental theater composer, and Benjy Fox-Rosen is a free-jazz bassist. It is not uncommon to find Shirey playing with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Fand composing music for a Lorca puppet show, Fox-Rosen at a jazz gig, or Alden fiddling away at an all-night old-time session. Since 2002, when the band was formed, the Luminescent Orchestrii has toured the East Coast, England, Scotland, and Germany.


 

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