Carolina Chocolate Drops in conversation
This ground-breaking string and jug band’s latest album, Genuine Negro Jig, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Don’t let the category deceive you. True, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have roots reaching deep into African-American folk music and tradition. But this talented and knowledgeable trio goes beyond just revivalism, instead blending modern influences while drawing on roots influences from all over the continent.
Roots Music Canada editor-in-chief David Newland spoke with band members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson during their Canadian tour last spring.
The interview touches on the landscape of Canadian influences, the importance of staying honest, and the challenges of public perception in their work as Black musicians.