Carolina Chocolate Drops
Six years ago this group of young musicians started off with a shared interest in old-time string music had them collaborating with banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, snare drum, bones, jug and kazoo. Since then they’ve toured Europe, played Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and won their first Grammy (Best Traditional Folk Album) for their album "Genuine Negro Jig" that features string band and jug band music. Now a quartet, The Drops have proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. They dip into styles of Southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s—string-band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz—and beam their curiosity outward.