Striving to embody the musical heritage of the North and South Carolina foothills, the members of Carolina Chocolate Drops combine contemporary folk, roots and blues music. After coming together in 2005, Rhiannon Giddens, Don Flemons and Justin Robinson began swapping vocals, banjos, fiddles, guitars, jugs, kazoos, harmonicas and bones. As one of the few remaining African-American string bands, the group finds a way to balance innovation and tradition.
Carolina Chocolate Drops recently signed to Nonesuch Records, joining the likes of The Black Keys and Wilco, to release its third album, Genuine Negro Jig. With the help of the band's inspiration, Joe Thompson, the album finds the trio reworking covers of classics, pop hits and carefully crafted originals. Together, CCD's members share a single passion: to keep the tradition of old-time string music alive, exciting and inventive.