Eric Easter at EbonyJet.com has written a great piece about the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a hip young trio that specializes in old-timey fiddle and banjo music.
You say, “Whaaat?”
I say, “Check ’em out. The Chocolate Drops are hap’nin’!” Click here to hear their version of “Starry Crown” on my Vox blog.
Before you get to thinking they’re just some dry, serious ethnomusic types, follow this link to YouTube and watch the Carolina Chocolate Drops cover Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style.” (This seems to be a big crowd-pleaser at their live shows.)
Now guess what? They’re coming to Cali! They’ll play at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica on February 8. The next day, it’s morning and afternoon gigs at the Music Center in downtown L.A.
Visit the Chocolate Drops’ MySpace page for more tour dates. And stream a few more of their tunes while you’re over there.
You can download the band’s music from iTunes, eMusic and Amazon.
UPDATE (02/07/08): Jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert adds to the Chocolate Drop love with a nice piece today in the San Francisco Chronicle.