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Carolina Chocolate Drops

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 of standards and originals in these styles, sporting tongue-in-cheek, old-timey outfits and a spirited irreverence that barely disguises their technical facility. Their 2006 debut, Dona Got a Ramblin Mind, was released on the Music Maker label to wide acclaim, and they recorded three additional independent albums before their first widely distributed album, Genuine Negro Jig, appeared on Nonesuch in 2010. The group's next release on the label, which appeared early in 2011, was a four-song EP recorded with the New York City-based Romanian Gypsy punk band the Luminescent Orchestrii. Robinson left the group that same year and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins was added. The group augmented things further with New Orleans-based cellist Leyla McCalla and beat box specialist Adam Matta for 2012's full-length Leaving Eden, which was produced by Buddy Miller. Later that year, they contributed the song "Daughter's Lament" to the Hunger Games soundtrack. In 2013, the Drops announced that original member Dom Flemons would be leaving to pursue a solo career. Cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett were introduced into the lineup and the band continued to tour, though frontwoman Giddens would deliver her own solo debut in early 2015. ~ Paula Carino
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forrest28
very talented!! I walked across the room to see who is this?? very cool
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I love this song
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Saw then last month at MerleFest Nd they were even better than when they were at the Shikori Hills Music Fest! Love them live!
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jimroberts06 6 5
great music you need to see them live to really appreciate this glorious music
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cordelia_han n a c h e r u i y o t
They have a nice sound. Very authentic and raw. Good to find them.
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Very great down home music
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Someday maybe pandora will notice this is seriously screwed up.
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Agreed!! they deserve much better
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What the heck? Agree with Jeff and Warner: Fix the Bio! This is an egregious error and Pandora should have a better system for feedback! :(

There's a ton to say about the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Giddens Sisters, the Music Maker Relief Foundation, and their tremendous depth of musical knowledge, talent, and artistry. It's a shame not to have that info available for many Pandora listeners who might otherwise discover so much more.

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HEY !!! Whomever has the power.. FIX THE BIO!!! Its the Carolina Chocolate Drops!!! this one is entirely misleading. Luminescent Orchestrii should only be mentioned as a related collaboratio n . . . Not the entire BIO!!!
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wrong bio
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Cool artists :) love the fusion of styles and times!
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They put on one heck of a show. So much talent! Glad to see they are getting the attention & fame they deserve.
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mboyd0043
They are coming to the ROMP fest in Owensboro, KY Next weekend!
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empackfan
SUCH TALENT!
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allisons174
wrong bio!
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No clue what they are saying in this song but I like It
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siennapierce
I don't like this song at all so dull
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@ hunter richardson.. . apaprently the CCD are on the hunger games soundtrack.. . http://www.c a r o l i n a c h o c o l a t e d r o p s . c o m / h u n g e r - g a m e s - s o u n d t r a c k
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absolute favorite! saw these guys perform on moutain stage back in 2009. amazing then and now : ) so glad to see they have reached such popularity.
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@adaptations What does that have to do with the Carolina Chocolate Drops?
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adaptations- h i
Loved the Hunger Games soundtrack.. .
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Fantastic show in Madison, WI! :D
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billnme77
on hippie jacks this weekend. she is just adorable.
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amoura117
saw them in nyc last nite AMAZING!!!! big smiles....
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wattscove
They're coming to Rockland Maine Thursday!!!! !
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fantastic band.....
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get to see em in athens, ga for 1st time in a few weeks. cant wait!!!!
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mattanddonna
they rock! saw them in RI...
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Glad to see that there are still muscians who can play and have talent!
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sounds great like
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I THINK HE MIGHT BE A F*G
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dena-miller
Incredible musicians, entertainers , historians. Saw them in Iowa City and was blown away.
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mattanddonna
Saw them on St. Paddy's day at Bryant U in RI. What a wicked good show!
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I saw them live at the High Sierra Music Festival in June 2010. One of the best of the festival -- fun, energetic, danceable, a great live act!
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love them :)
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eija_naika
These guys are as unlikely and refreshing as you'll find on bluegrass. Very nice.
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wlawing001
saw them at neighorhood in charlotte nc one of the best shows i have seen in a very long time their latest album is nominated for a grammy
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Saw 'em at the Orange Peel last night... It was a gooooood time! They're fun, funny, talented, and soulful!
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I love this group, they are upbeat, dancable, and fun!
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cloudweststu d i o
good good fun
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tpaigemyers
Just saw them at the NC State Fair this weekend. Very good performance considering the venue. Acoustics in the arena are horrible but they made it work. Great group with lots of energy.
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christiebrin k l e y
saw them at slim's on friday and hardly strictly the next day. they are exceptional live. immensely talented, solid performers, and charming attitudes. love them!
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I didn't make it to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, but heard these guys were best group there. After a quick listen, I love these guys!
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deanna19513
Just saw them yesterday at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Fransisco. My favorite act there.
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Hit em up Style....bes t song i've heard all week :)
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gonegrayinvt
They rocked Burlington Vermont this week!! Amazing show that drew a diverse crowd of people in awe...
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saw them at the 9th street summerfest in columbia missouri. totally free, totally AWESOME.
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midnightbasi l
I just saw them live last night and they have a great stage performance.
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rmcallaway1
if you ever get to see a rerun of their appearance with Marty Stuart on the Grand Ole Opery be sure to check it out.
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