#612: Carolina Chocolate Drops

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The string band, Carolina Chocolate Drops, perform at the Folk Alliance International in Memphis, TN.

Rolling Stone Magazine describes the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity”. The Carolina Chocolate Drops newest release, Genuine Negro Jig, features string band interpretations of Blu Cantrell’s beat-box driven R&B single “Hit ‘Em Up Style” and Tom Waits’ “Trampled Rose,” as well as a pair of original compositions, alongside such traditional tracks as “Cornbread and Butterbeans” and “Trouble in Your Mind.” It is the band’s second record; their 2007 release, Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind, was praised by Paste for “bravely and expertly reclaiming the string band tradition for modern African-American culture,” while NPR’s Weekend Edition calls the band “the hottest thing to hit the old-time music community in decades.”

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