Stumbling upon the Carolina Chocolate Drops concert on my trip to Austin, Texas was one of the best things that could have happened. This trio of musicians played to the happy ears of everyone at the show that night.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops, a modern folk band features instruments traditionally associated with folk music, such as the fiddle, and banjo. The retelling of many old mountain jigs, fused with sounds straight out of a jug, kazoos, and clacking bones (yes, it can be used as an instrument), you hear the beat. Hip hop beats created by body parts or foot taps of band members paired with a banjo and fiddle is a fascinating combination. Instruments aside, the vocals could be featured a cappella and you would still be just as enraptured.
Individually the members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops are impressive, and truly standout in this trio. First meeting at the Black Banjo Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina in 2005 and since then five albums are now available of which each is unique, heartfelt and completely refreshing.
At the concert, we heard stories from the origins of many of their songs which included African American fiddler players from Appalachia. The girl in me loves the music of old, the stories, the history, and the character of folk music, and I am even more excited about how this music is so beautifully paired with the future. I love what band member Justin Robinson says, “Tradition is a guide, not a jailer.”
The Carolina Chocolate Drops is the modern folk band you have been waiting to hear.