The three members of this unique African-American string band met in 2005 at the annual Black Banjo Gathering at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, drawn together by their mutual love of bluegrass, "jass," jug music, and prehistoric country and rock. The acoustic musicians play a lively combination of standards and originals in these styles, sporting tongue-in-cheek old-timey outfits and a spirited irreverence that barely disguises their technical brilliance. Their 2006 debut was released to nearly unanimous acclaim.
"Even though the music's being played right in front of you, you expect to hear crackles and hisses as if the sounds were being torn from a salvaged 78." - Independent Weekly
Terrific renditions of old-time classics from the Carolina Chocolate Drops as they reclaim their African American NC Piedmont string band musical traditions! This young group is the hottest thing to hit the old-time music community in decades, and have grabbed the attention of folks like Taj Mahal, Mike Seeger, Alice Gerrard, and John Sebastian.
In April 2005, Dom Flemings, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson me at the Black Banjo Gathering, a ground-breaking musical and educational event that was held in Boone, NC. They rapidly discovered a common sense of purpose, and after many visits to respected elder fiddler Joe Thompson, the Carolina Chocolate Drops were born. They have since performed their work in a school system where they seek to inspire a new generation of music makers, and many Thursday nights you can still find them at Joe's house, listening to his stories and seeking to learn more of his music. Digipak.
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