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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.
Deep & Folksy!
These guys & gal really know how to make some soulful music together. Looking forward to more great things from the trio.
Good old fashioned folk music!
This is how music should sound!! The Carolina Chocolate Drops are the revival of classic folk music and are original in doing so. Cant wait for more!!
This is an excellent rendition of traditional American music, done by very talented and caring-for-the-music people! Thank you for a great album!
Years Active: '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs By Carolina Chocolate Drops
||Hit 'Em Up Style||Genuine Negro Jig||3:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Cornbread and Butterbeans||Genuine Negro Jig||3:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Snowden's Jig (Genuine Negro Jig)||Genuine Negro Jig||3:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Country Girl||Leaving Eden (Deluxe Version)||3:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine||Genuine Negro Jig||3:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Knockin'||Carolina Chocolate Drops / Luminescent Orchestrii - EP||5:27||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Why Don't You Do Right?||Genuine Negro Jig||3:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Leaving Eden||Leaving Eden (Deluxe Version)||4:35||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Trouble In Your Mind||Genuine Negro Jig||2:55||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sourwood Mountain||Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|