"Leaving Eden (Deluxe Version)" by Carolina Chocolate Drops on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

On Leaving Eden, Carolina Chocolate Drops infuse traditional African-American string band music with immediacy and drive. The North Carolina–based Drops (originally a duo, now a quintet) have won international accolades thanks to their raw-edged passion and sly humor, as well as their collective virtuosity. Singer/fiddler Rhiannon Giddens commands the spotlight with a ferocious rendition of the bluesy “Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man?” and gives a sassy spin to Ethel Waters’ ‘20s hit “No Man’s Mama.” Especially striking are her vocals on the title track (a poignant original song featuring new band member Leyla McCalla on cello) and “Pretty Bird” (an Appalachian love lament performed a cappella). As an ensemble, the Drops veer from risqué jugband numbers (“Boodle-De-Bum-Bum”) to raucous dance tunes (“Po’ Black Sheep”) and bittersweet Southern odes (“Country Girl”) with equal aplomb, serving up their music with tasty guitar and banjo licks and rootsy rhythms. Leaving Eden is a major step forward for this innovative and downright inspiring combo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Leaving Eden, Carolina Chocolate Drops infuse traditional African-American string band music with immediacy and drive. The North Carolina–based Drops (originally a duo, now a quintet) have won international accolades thanks to their raw-edged passion and sly humor, as well as their collective virtuosity. Singer/fiddler Rhiannon Giddens commands the spotlight with a ferocious rendition of the bluesy “Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man?” and gives a sassy spin to Ethel Waters’ ‘20s hit “No Man’s Mama.” Especially striking are her vocals on the title track (a poignant original song featuring new band member Leyla McCalla on cello) and “Pretty Bird” (an Appalachian love lament performed a cappella). As an ensemble, the Drops veer from risqué jugband numbers (“Boodle-De-Bum-Bum”) to raucous dance tunes (“Po’ Black Sheep”) and bittersweet Southern odes (“Country Girl”) with equal aplomb, serving up their music with tasty guitar and banjo licks and rootsy rhythms. Leaving Eden is a major step forward for this innovative and downright inspiring combo.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

101 Ratings

Old School meets New School !

Amazing Dick,

I really like this recording and everything the CCD's put out over the years .
This one will definately be on my Spring music rotation and onward thru the year .
Can you say GRAMMY ?

Sweet!

johnnyd311,

I saw this group in Lyons, CO at Folks Festival and they are amazing!

About Carolina Chocolate Drops

The three full-time members of the string band known as the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Dom Flemons on guitar, jug, and harmonica, Rhiannon Giddens on banjo and fiddle, and Justin Robinson on banjo and fiddle — Sule Greg Wilson sometimes sits in on percussion) met in 2005 at the Black Banjo Gathering at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, drawn together by their mutual love of bluegrass, "jass," jug music, and prehistoric country and rock. The acoustic musicians play a lively combination of standards and originals in these styles, sporting tongue-in-cheek, old-timey outfits and a spirited irreverence that barely disguises their technical facility. Their 2006 debut, Dona Got a Ramblin Mind, was released on the Music Maker label to wide acclaim, and they recorded three additional independent albums before their first widely distributed album, Genuine Negro Jig, appeared on Nonesuch in 2010. The group's next release on the label, which appeared early in 2011, was a four-song EP recorded with the New York City-based Romanian Gypsy punk band the Luminescent Orchestrii. Robinson left the group that same year and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins was added. The group augmented things further with New Orleans-based cellist Leyla McCalla and beat box specialist Adam Matta for 2012's full-length Leaving Eden, which was produced by Buddy Miller. Later that year, they contributed the song "Daughter's Lament" to the Hunger Games soundtrack. In 2013, the Drops announced that original member Dom Flemons would be leaving to pursue a solo career. Cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett were introduced into the lineup and the band continued to tour, though frontwoman Giddens would deliver her own solo debut in early 2015.

  • ORIGIN
    Boone, NC
  • FORMED
    2005

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