To create Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, T Bone Burnett (third from left) assembled the talents of Elvis Costello, Jim James, Jay Bellerose, Rhiannon Giddens, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Carolina Chocolate Drops' new album is Leaving Eden. Crackerfarm hide caption

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Song Of The Day

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Sweet Defiance

"Country Girl" is a 21st-century musical portrait of black America's Southern comfort.

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Newport Folk Festival

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Newport Folk 2011

Hear the Grammy-winning African-American string band perform live from Newport.

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From left: Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson of Carolina Chocolate Drops have just released their latest album, Genuine Negro Jig. Julie Roberts hide caption

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Two of the three members of Carolina Chocolate Drops are classically trained: Rhiannon Giddens (left) studied opera at the Oberlin Conservatory and Justin Robinson (center) studied classical violin. Dom Flemons (right) studied guitar and slam poetry. Julie Roberts hide caption

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From left: Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson of Carolina Chocolate Drops have just released their latest album, Genuine Negro Jig. Julie Roberts hide caption

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