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Carolina Chocolate Drops

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Biography All Music Guide

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The three full-time members of the string band known as the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Dom Flemons on guitar, jug, and harmonica, Rhiannon Giddens on banjo and fiddle, and Justin Robinson on banjo and fiddle -- Sule Greg Wilson sometimes sits in on percussion) met in 2005 at the 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 facility. Their 2006 debut, Dona Got a Ramblin Mind, was released on the Music Maker label to wide acclaim, and they recorded three additional independent albums before their first widely distributed album, Genuine Negro Jig, appeared on Nonesuch in 2010. The group's next release on the label, which appeared early in 2011, was a four-song EP recorded with the New York City-based Romanian Gypsy punk band the Luminescent Orchestrii. Robinson left the group that same year and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins was added. The group augmented things further with New Orleans-based cellist Leyla McCalla and beat box specialist Adam Matta for 2012's full-length Leaving Eden, which was produced by Buddy Miller.

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  • 10.20.15 RT @RhiannonGiddens: These songs just missed being on the original album- not because they weren't good enough... [1/2] https://t.co/mfPgY7…
  • 05.19.15 RT @RhiannonGiddens: Watch Rhiannon on The @LincolnAwards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family on @PBS on Friday, 5/22 at 9pm EST …
  • 05.14.15 RT @NonesuchRecords: .@RhiannonGiddens, @PunchBrothers, @_CCDs' Hubby Jenkins up for @AmericanaFest Honors & Awards http://t.co/kfSiOkETjH
  • 04.16.15 .@RhiannonGiddens was featured on PBS @NewsHour last night. Watch the video now! http://t.co/FwAWgAtEP6
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  • 02.20.15 RT @BitterSouth: Grab your headphones & listen as we set the record straight about the #banjo. #WordsAndAudio http://t.co/uflkPx7Amw http:/…
  • 02.13.15 RT @RhiannonGiddens: USA! Rhiannon & the band hit the road this Spring. Tickets available now: http://t.co/AVFFUhUa31 #TomorrowIsMyTurn htt…
  • 02.05.15 RT @RhiannonGiddens: NEW TOUR: Rhiannon & the band have announced the #TomorrowIsMyTurn Spring Tour! Details here: http://t.co/DqUHBGtbsZ h…
  • 02.04.15 RT @RhiannonGiddens: So incredibly grateful for all the great response my record has been getting!! Thanks everyone! #whatayearalready
  • 02.02.15 RT @nprmusic: First Listen, Rhiannon Giddens, 'Tomorrow Is My Turn' http://t.co/vTVLt1fwqU http://t.co/oJ9ZgECUdE
  • 12.15.14 RT @RhiannonGiddens: Rhiannon appears & sings in a new Apple commercial that debuted yesterday! Watch here: https://t.co/xFJUiJxCEo #TheSon…