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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Carolina Chocolate Drops are an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina. A little bit country, a little bit folk. What our American friends would describe as Roots music.
They are one of the very few, if not the only, acts featuring black artists to enjoy a degree of mainstream success in this genre.
Indeed the album featured Genuine Negro Jig won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010.
Lead singer and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens has also enjoyed a degree of solo success and as one of the artists featured on The New Basement Tapes.
One of the acquisitions  from my recent haul.and one where the jury is still out.
Whilst admiring their musical dexterity I'm not sure that their style is for me.I'm more of a Bluegrass man when it comes to banjos.

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Trouble in Your Mind

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Why Don't You Do Right?


  1. Did you know that "Why Don't You Do Right?" was reworked from a song titled "The Weed Smoker's Dream"? Thought it worth mentioning.

    I have the Carolina Chocolate Drops "Genuine Negro Jig" and I fell in love with Rhiannon Giddens a couple of years back when I saw her dancing on Jools' Annual Hootenanny TV show.

  2. The h«jury here are back in with their decision.........