Description of Carolina Chocolate Drops' Music:
Carolina Chocolate Drops Lineup:
Rhiannon Giddens - 5-string banjo, fiddle, kazoo
Adam Matta - beatbox, tambourine
Hubby Jenkins - guitar, 5-string banjo, bones
Recommended Carolina Chocolate Drops CDs:
Carolina Chocolate Drops with Luminescent Orchestrii (Nonesuch, 2010) compare prices
Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch, 2010) compare prices
Purchase/Download Carolina Chocolate Drops MP3s:
"Snowden's Jig" (from Genuine Negro Jig)
"Short Life of Trouble" (from Heritage)
Carolina Chocolate Drops Biography:
As the band emerged and solidified its sound, the members learned a large chunk of repertoire from fellow Carolinian and fiddle player Joe Thompson. All along, they've tried to focus heavily on the music indigenous to the central Carolinas, to spotlight the heritage of their home-region around Durham, NC.
While their albums are well worth several spins, it's their live show where Carolina Chocolate Drops really shine. They swap instruments and lead vocal duties throughout, sharing stories about the origins of the songs they perform, and adhering to the tradition of their craft. Still, the band's live energy is undeniable, getting the crowd pulsing and dancing along to old timey fiddle tunes and cover songs alike. Shows in North Carolina have even been known to include guest appearances from local clogging troupes, who spin around the stage to traditional tunes like "Cornbread and Butterbeans."
In 2011, Robinson left the band and was replaced by two new members - multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beatboxer Adam Matta - bringing the member count to four. They've released six albums since 2006, with a seventh album - Leaving Eden - due Feb. 28, 2012 on Nonesuch Records. They received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010 for Genuine Negro Jig. They've toured around the world, playing gigs everywhere from Bonnaroo to the Americana Music Association Conference and Festival, South by Southwest, and Mountain Stage. They've toured as the opening band for legendary bluesman Taj Mahal.
Release of their 2012 album Leaving Eden will be accompanied by another nationwide tour, with stops in New England, Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, back home in the Carolinas, and beyond. Check out the Carolina Chocolate Drops website for more information and an ongoing list of tour dates.