Sunday, June 22, 2008

Something sweet from the Carolina Chocolate Drops

This’ll be my third time since February blogging about the Carolina Chocolate Drops. I am not ashamed. (Previous posts are here and here.)

Rhiannon Giddens, Justin Robinson and Dom Flemons (pictured) are my kind of Negroes... “doing culture” at a high level. And they’re in demand, with gigs booked into next April.

Heads up, Brooklyn! The Chocolate Drops will play a free show Thursday night in Prospect Park. (Organizers of the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series request that you donate $3.)

Next month the Carolina Chocolate Drops will travel to France for a world-music festival. And in August they return to the Ottawa Folk Festival... after rocking it a year ago.

Now guess what else? The Chocolate Drops last weekend made their debut at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House – the tabernacle of country music – and they got a standing ovation!

Below, the group performs “Cornbread and Butterbeans” during an April showcase in Knoxville, Tenn. Enjoy!

13 comments:

daughterofthedream said...

I still love their name. Question: Will they be at the BET Awards? .... Ever?

bklyn6 said...

Thanks for the heads up, UBM! :thumbsup:

You know always seem to know what's goin' down with new music acts in Brooklyn. (I bleed Brooklyn; yet, I'm not on top of all this!)

Haven't been to Prospect Park in a long while. It'd be nice to change that on Thursday. :-)

btw, the annual MLK Jr. Concert Series in Bklyn usually has great musical acts on its bill.

eeaster said...

My favorite tune by them, actually. Good call. I lost the CD they gave me what "Cornbread and Butterbeans" on it and been pissed ever since. My kids love that tune.

Des said...

Good call Eeaster. My kids like this one also...but their fave is still Salty Dog....

and Rhiannon Giddens is my UnRandom Hotness. Brains, Talent, Beauty, Personality, and that lil extra...

As for the BET awards....I see them presenting the Bob Johnson Lifetime Humanitarian Award to Mugabe....just not sure which of the other 2 universes it will be in.

Undercover Black Man said...

and Rhiannon Giddens is my UnRandom Hotness. Brains, Talent, Beauty, Personality, and that lil extra...

That lil extra being: she plays barefoot!

Yep, Des... Rhiannon is bad. Maximum badness. Imagine the drama between the two cats! You know they got to fall in love with her.

purejuice said...

kewel!
i had occasion to plug into the old time music scene in blacksburg VA a couple of years ago, and there's good musical scholarship, very interesting, about the contributions of black people, free and slave, to OT -- since in the 18th century all the fiddlers, at least, were black. and then there are the permutations of black religious music morphing into "country/folk songs" -- she'll be comin' round the mountain, and many others. i think there was prolly a whole lot more hoedowin' up there in the hollers than anybody wants now to acknowledge.

purejuice said...

http://www.blackbanjo.com/

eeaster said...

That's funny about Rhiannon. She just got married too - dammit! To some Irish cat.
The whole time they were in my office doing the interview I'm thinking "Which one of these brothers has fallen head over heels yet?" She's just riculously talented and smart, and the fine part is just the icing on the cake to drive a brotha crazy.

Undercover Black Man said...

Love that link, purejuice!

From a 21st-century perch, we can't imagine two more profoundly separate populations than blacks and whites in the Old South. But the music gives us a handle understanding that they lived together culturally.

The influence had to have gone the other way too... with Scots-Irish folk music influencing black music.

Undercover Black Man said...

The whole time they were in my office doing the interview I'm thinking "Which one of these brothers has fallen head over heels yet?"

LOL!

Des said...

Eeaster,

"in your office?" I'd turn green with envy....cept I wouldn't want the Irish dude to think I was sending him a seal of approval.

dam dam dam.

The other icing is that she comes off so unpretentiously and down to earth...but then a lot of "roots" and blues musicians share that trait.

Rebecca Norris said...
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Rebecca Norris said...

Hey- the Carolina Chocolate Drops are playing in Columbia, MO for the 4th of July this year. If you live in the region, you should check out their show! You can get tix at www.thebluenote.com