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Carolina Chocolate Drops

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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

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.

eMusic Features

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New This Week: School of Seven Bells, Trust & More

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

Man. There are just so many new records today. Also, I think about halfway through this, I developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Trust, TRST: Behind the year's worst album cover is one of the year's best records. Super goth, in all the right ways. Where my Apoptygma Berzerk fans at? Home crying? Cool. See you there. This one is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Barry Walters goes: Trust is danceable even if you're not stuck in a K-hole. Its tempos vary… more »

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The Mississippi Sheiks

By John Morthland, Contributor

They're the beneficiaries of a rather unlikely tribute album and a primary inspiration and/or influence for numerous contemporary string bands, from the high-profile Carolina Chocolate Drops to Geoff Muldaur's one-off collaborators the Texas Sheiks. No doubt about it, the Mississippi Sheiks are happening these days. But then, they always have been - at least to the extent that's possible for musicians who thrived in the first half of the 1930s. When they formed around Jackson, Mississippi,… more »

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  • 10.20.15 RT @RhiannonGiddens: ...but because it would have made Tomorrow Is My Turn too long. So happy they are being released! https://t.co/zSh97iV…
  • 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
  • 03.03.15 RT @RhiannonGiddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn is now available on vinyl! Get the 140g LP now: http://t.co/2HALUrRvIW #TomorrowIsMyTurn #vinyl ht…
  • 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…