Grammy Award-Winning Carolina Chocolate Drops Visit WUMB Radio
March 06, 2012
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The Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops stopped by UMass Boston yesterday to talk about their latest album and perform at WUMB 91.9FM studios.
The interview and performance will air Friday, March 9, at noon on WUMB 91.9FM and online at www.wumb.org.
Watch part of their in-studio performance on YouTube.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops are on tour in North America, performing music from their new album, Leaving Eden. Their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig, won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album last year.
According to their biography, with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, the band sought to freshly interpret this old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music, 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.
The New York Times has called their concerts “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.”
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