[Dixielandjazz] Carolina Chocolate Drops on Prairie Home Companionthis we...
Gluetje1 at aol.com
Gluetje1 at aol.com
Sat Jun 23 21:28:52 PDT 2007
Actually I have yet to hear them including on this show. Their web site
will give you good information.
I know of them primarily through their active participation on a Yahoo list
entitled, "Black Banjo Then and Now". I believe they formed as a group only
a couple of years ago after meeting at a Black Banjo Gathering that was an
out-growth of the Black Banjo list. All of that in turn has had support from
an Appalachian college which I can't think to name just now, and grows out of
a doctoral research project on Old Time Banjo Playing, what the exchange
between mountain blacks and whites might have been as reflected in extant
memories and playing. The book that came out of that by Cecelia Conway is "African
Banjo Echoes in Appalachia". No significant OKUM content as the focus is
Appalachian Folk Traditions and various five-string finger-picking approaches.
They seem to be finding rapid and steady success in return for their
extraordinary sincerity and devotion to what they are about.
In a message dated 6/23/2007 10:50:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
LRG4003 at aol.com writes:
I was at the Prairie Home Companion performance featuring the Carolina
Chocolate Drops on Friday (live show was Friday, first broadcast on
First time I had heard (or heard of) them. They are a very interesting,
energy group. Played more of the Piedmont blue grass folk genre for this
but I got the distinct feeling that they could do just about anything. At
least 3 players are classically trained. They also danced at one point
the program. Quality players and performers. So is the group name a
one or just a tongue in cheek salute to the fact that they are all
Afro-American? Anyone know they're background or how long they've been
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