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Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops

05 Feb 11 - 12:22 PM (#3089244)
Subject: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: Desert Dancer

Grammy-Nominated Chocolate Drops Shuffle Lineup

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
New York Times
February 5, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Grammy-nominated Carolina Chocolate Drops have made a lineup change on the eve of the awards.

Nonesuch Records spokeswoman Melissa Cusick told The Associated Press that founding member Justin Robinson has left the band. Beat boxer Adam Matta and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins are coming aboard to join Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons, she said.

The Chocolate Drops announced the change at a show last week. No reason was given for the switch.

"The Carolina Chocolate Drops have been playing together and touring the world for more than five years," Robinson said. "During those years, we have experienced great successes, heartbreaks, trials and triumphs. It is, however, time for me to take a separate road and though it is bittersweet, it is the best choice."

Robinson said he won't be touring with the band full-time, but may show up on stage every once in a while.

The Chocolate Drops are a North Carolina-based folk group in the old string band tradition that grew out of friendships made while playing with Piedmont string musician Joe Thompson and at the Black Banjo Gathering. The band is up for best traditional folk album for their critically acclaimed fourth album "Genuine Negro Jig" at the Feb. 13 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

"Folks can still expect great music from our group the same way a jazz band can change personnel without sacrificing the quality or the talent on stage," Flemons said.

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Robinson is the fiddler. I'm impressed that this would show up in the New York Times.

~ Becky in Long Beach


05 Feb 11 - 04:16 PM (#3089390)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: mg

I believe that Rhiannon Giddens is on you tube with the women music box project. I;ll post a link later if I find her. Or someone else can beat me to it as I am on my way to laundromat. mg


05 Feb 11 - 04:21 PM (#3089397)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: mg

here she is singing in Gaelige ??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aChSCpczhzo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aChSCpczhzo


05 Feb 11 - 07:41 PM (#3089495)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: BanjoRay

I hope one of the new guys plays fiddle as well as Justin..
Ray


05 Feb 11 - 08:12 PM (#3089506)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: Cuilionn

MG-- She's singing in Scottish Gaelic (Gaidhlig) in that clip. Before she linked up with the fellows to start the Chocolate Drops, she was a classically-trained singer (arias and all that!) and took a nice side trip into Gaelic singing. I was a fellow student in a few Gaelic song workshops led by tradition-bearer Catherine Ann MacPhee at Feis Shiatail (The Seattle Feis) back then--I think it must have been 2002 or 2004. I marveled back then at Rhiannon's already considerable grace, skill, and presence.

--Cuilionn


05 Feb 11 - 08:50 PM (#3089517)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: Arkie

I believe that Rhiannon also plays fiddle.


06 Feb 11 - 09:11 PM (#3090152)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: Janie

It will be interesting to see how the new line-up influences their music.

Bunch of fine musicians.


07 Feb 11 - 08:11 AM (#3090340)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: Charmion

Rhiannon also plays not only the banjo, but also -- with considerable skill -- the fool.


08 Feb 11 - 06:11 AM (#3091004)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: GUEST,matt milton

Interesting that a beatboxer's joined. 'Mouth music' in the South Bronx tradition!


08 Feb 11 - 07:15 PM (#3091433)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: Janie

I had to google beatboxer to know what it meant. The wiki article is pretty interesting. ain't nuttin' new about it at all!


13 Feb 11 - 07:25 PM (#3094693)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: GUEST,Dani

They WON! They WON!

Very exciting. I'm so happy for them.

Dani


13 Feb 11 - 07:52 PM (#3094704)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: BanjoRay

A great achievement for an Old Time band...
Excellent stuff
Ray


13 Feb 11 - 07:57 PM (#3094707)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: Janie

Whoohoooo!

And Mavis Staples, another favorite of mine, won a well deserved Grammy for Best Americana album.


03 May 11 - 04:46 PM (#3147277)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: Desert Dancer

A post-Grammy appearance on Mountain Stage via NPR.

~ Becky in Long Beach


05 May 11 - 05:59 PM (#3148836)
Subject: RE: Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup change
From: Desert Dancer

During that appearance they explained that the original fiddler, Justin Robinson, wanted to be at home more with his animals and is pursuing a graduate degree in forestry.

~ Becky in Long Beach


04 Jun 16 - 02:16 PM (#3793804)
Subject: RE: Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops
From: Joe Offer

Here's a CBS video that marks September 2013 as the transition between Carolina Chocolate Drops and the solo career of Rhiannon Giddens, accompanied by the Chocolate Drops:Rhiannon still does "roots" music, but she's also doing a lot more music that might be considered commercially popular.

Whatever the case, it's a pleasure to listen to her. I came across her YouTube channel today, and was hooked for hours. Take a listen:

-Joe-


15 Jul 17 - 04:32 PM (#3866291)
Subject: RE: Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops
From: Joe Offer

I came across this gem today - a musical TED Talk by Rhiannon Giddens: Songs that bring history to life Alternate, with transcript: https://www.ted.com/talks/rhiannon_giddens_3_songs_that_bring_history_to_life/transcript?language=en


15 Jul 17 - 05:21 PM (#3866296)
Subject: ADD: Come Love Come (Rhiannon Giddens)
From: Joe Offer

You'll find this song in the TED talk I linked to above.

COME, LOVE, COME
(Rhiannon Giddens)

Come, love, come, the road lies low
The way is long and hard I know
Come, love, come, the road lies free
I'll wait for you in Tennessee

When I was four, my loving mam
Was cornered by the boss's man
She turned her head, and got struck down
They buried her in the cold, cold ground

Come, love, come, the road lies low
The way is long and hard I know
Come, love, come, the road lies free
I'll wait for you in Tennessee

When I was twelwe, my father dear
Was strong of arm and free of fear
Until the day he raised his hand
Then he was sold to Alabam'

Come, love, come, the road lies low
The way is long and hard I know
Come, love, come, the road lies free
I'll wait for you in Tennessee

When I was sixteen, found my bloom
And found my man, we jumped the broom
We pledged each other the rest of our lives
And on Saturday nights we were man and wife

Come, love, come, the road lies low
The way is long and hard I know
Come, love, come, the road lies free
I'll wait for you in Tennessee

When I was eighteen, bugles called
And boys in blue came o'er the wall
I took my chance, and followed free
They led the way to Tennessee

Come, love, come, the road lies low
The way is long and hard I know
Come, love, come, the road lies free
I'll wait for you in Tennessee

So here I sit, in a tiny shack
With thirteen others at my back
I've sent you word, so all I can do
Is wait, and wait, and wait... for you

Come, love, come, the road lies low
The way is long and hard I know
Come, love, come, the road lies free
I'll wait for you in Tennessee

I'll wait for you
I'll wait for you
I'll wait for you
I'll wait for you


from the album Freedom Highway (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-DTNHh-iA0


15 Jul 17 - 10:47 PM (#3866337)
Subject: RE: Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops
From: Stewart

Joe, thanks for this. Rhiannon is one of my favorite folk artists.

Cheers, S. In Seattle


16 Jul 17 - 06:46 AM (#3866368)
Subject: RE: Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops
From: GUEST,gilltmor

What a song! Ms. Giddens is a treasure.


16 Jul 17 - 07:35 AM (#3866373)
Subject: RE: Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops
From: Janie

Indeed. Thanks Joe!


16 Jul 17 - 06:31 PM (#3866458)
Subject: RE: Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops
From: GUEST,Gerry

She was at the Blue Mountains (New South Wales) music festival in 2016, and she's a terrific entertainer. I hope you get the chance to see her perform.


16 Jul 17 - 09:23 PM (#3866471)
Subject: RE: Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops
From: ChanteyLass

I started a thread on July 3rd with this link to an NPR interview with Rhiannon. http://www.npr.org/2017/07/03/534887214/rhiannon-giddens-speaks-for-the-silenced


17 Jul 17 - 01:21 AM (#3866479)
Subject: RE: Rhiannon Giddens/Carolina Chocolate Drops
From: mg

she is an actress on nashville also