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Carolina Chocolate Drops

Leaving Eden

With their Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig, which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy last year, the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time fiddle and banjo-based music they'd so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, contemporary sound. They didn't seek to merely revive songs from the past as much as freshly interpret them, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation's popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. A Carolina Chocolate Drops (CCD) concert, the New York Times has declared, is "an end-to-end display of excellence... 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. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting."

  • 1. Riro’s House
    2. Kerr’s Negro Jig
    3. Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man?
    4. Boodle-De-Bum-Bum
    5. Country Girl
    6. Run Mountain
    7. Leaving Eden
    8. Read ’Em John
    9. Mahalla
    10. West End Blues
    11. Po’ Black Sheep
    12. I Truly Understand That You Love Another Man
    13. No Man’s Mama
    14. Briggs’ Corn Shucking Jig / Camptown Hornpipe
    15. Pretty Bird

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