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The first all African-American band to play the Grand Ole Opry, Carolina Chocolate Drops are an old-time revival trio specializing in the traditional ‘30s negro stringband songs that were originally played around campfires and on back porches after long days of toiling in the fields. Back in 2005, Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson would travel to Mebane, NC every Thursday night to jam with Joe Thompson, a black fiddler in his 80s who shared with them generations of songs and their history. Genuine Negro Jig resonates with antiquated tones from the past — instruments like kazoo, jug and bones are played alongside banjo, fiddle and guitar as the trio sing in approximated bygone styles. A cover of the old standard “Trouble In Your Mind” was produced with the authentically aged sound of a field recording, and the more ragtime steeped “Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine” sounds like it’s playing off a thick vinyl 78rpm platter. The trio gives contemporary R&B singer Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style” an old-fashioned makeover. (Robinson has stated that for their music, tradition is a guide, not a jailer.)

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People, you need to chill

First off- it isn't blackface. They are truly African American. Also, for the people saying it is the worst music ever made- Carolina Chocolate Drops is a talented group of people. They actually use instruments, and atop of that, instruments that aren't used often. The only instruments people know nowadays are the guitar-bass-keys-drums that crappy wannabe punkers use or the MACHINES that rappers use to recreate the sounds of instruments that any no-talent can use.

This is talent, and good music. it isn't racist, but a show of heritage pride. I'd rather listen to CCD and Holy Ghost Tent Revival than Kanye West and Lady Gaga anyday.

Old time music with a contemporary twist

Fantastic album! Really great musicianship, from a band specializing in an infectious variety of the all-but-forgotten southern string band genre. "Hit 'Em Up Style" is an AWESOME track!

Great old-time/appalachian sound

This a great album for anyone who is interested in or likes old-time mountain music. You feel like you are sitting on the front porch listening to some top notch musicians having some fun. I just love the clawhammer banjo sound that Rhiannon uses throughout the album. Not sure what all the fuss is about with the album title.


Formed: 2005 in Boone, NC

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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Genuine Negro Jig, Carolina Chocolate Drops
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