Friday, February 12, 2010

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson

What can I say?

I’ve found a new treat to satisfy my craving!

The Carolina Chocolate Drops!

Cornbread and Butterbeans

In the summer and fall of 2005, three young black musicians, Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson, made the commitment to travel to Mebane, N.C., every Thursday night to sit in the home of old-time fiddler Joe Thompson for a musical jam session. Joe was in his 80’s, a black fiddler with a short bowing style that he inherited from generations of family musicians.
He had learned to play a wide ranging set of tunes sitting on the back porch with other players after a day of field work. Now he was passing those same lessons on to a new generation.


Hit 'Em Up Style, originally performed by Blu Cantrell


I found an
amazing live performance they did in
Granville, Ohio at Centenary United Methodist Church, which includes their own rendition of Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad.

You can catch them this summer at Bonnaroo!

1 comment:

emaleigh said...

Heard about this band on NPR this week. Kinda cracked me up... I like their story. Quote on their site sums it up well:

“Tradition is a guide, not a jailer. We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians.”

—Justin Robinson