Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
The Carolina Chocolate Drops perform on
The Carolina Chocolate Drops perform on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
- "Julianne Johnson / Arkansas Traveler"
- "From 4 'Til Late"
- "Po' Black Sheep"
- "Hit 'Em Up Style"
- "Lights In the Valley"
Fresh off a recent win at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, The Carolina Chocolate Drops make their second appearance on Mountain Stage. The band modifies and preserves the traditional fiddle and banjo music of the Piedmont, recently adding two new members — multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beatboxer Adam Matta — to its continually evolving sound.
The young group came together when members Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons and original fiddler Justin Robinson met at the 2005 Black Banjo Festival in Boone, N.C. The group's first album, Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind, was released in 2006 to wide acclaim, and in 2008, the Drops were invited to appear at the Grand Ole Opry. Their Grammy-winning Genuine Negro Jig was released in 2010 and featured traditional songs as well as string band treatments of modern tunes like their crowd pleasing cover of Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em up Style."
This segment originally aired on May 3rd, 2011.