Track ListingClick tracks with speaker icon to listen
|1||Peace Behind the Bridge (Etta Baker)||2:34|
|2||Trouble in Your Mind (Traditional)||2:55|
|3||Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine (Charlie Jackson / Dom Flemons)||3:00|
|4||Hit 'Em Up Style (Dallas Austin)||3:56|
|5||Cornbread and Butterbeans (Traditional)||3:10|
|6||Snowden's Jig (Genuine Negro Jig) (Traditional)||3:53|
|7||Why Don't You Do Right? (Kansas Joe McCoy)||3:36|
|8||Cindy Gal (Traditional)||2:28|
|9||Kissin' and Cussin' (Justin Robinson)||3:21|
|10||Sandy Boys (Traditional)||2:25|
|12||Trampled Rose (Tom Waits)||4:36|
|13||Bonus Download: Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine (live) (Charlie Jackson / Dom Flemons)||3:38|
|14||Bonus Download: Cornbread and Butterbeans (live) (Traditional)||3:57|
|15||Bonus Download: Georgia Buck (live) (Traditional)||3:03|
|16||Bonus Download: Hit 'Em Up Style (live) (Dallas Austin)||5:28|
|17||Bonus Download: Snowden's Jig (Genuine Negro Jig) (live) (Traditional)||4:07|
|18||Bonus Download: Memphis Shakedown (live) (Traditional)||3:40|
|19||Bonus Download: Trouble in Your Mind (live) (Traditional)||3:06|
News & Reviews
- Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Luminato Line-Up Includes Free Sets from Bombino, Amadou & Mariam, Laurie Anderson, Carolina Chocolate Drops
The line-up for the 2013 Luminato Festival in Toronto has been announced, and included among this year’s performers are Bombino, Amadou & Mariam, Laurie Anderson, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. All of these artists will give free concerts in David Pecaut Square at the Hub of the Festival, which runs from June 14 to 23. Among the Luminato Festival’s other highlights will be a multi-artist, two-night tribute to Joni Mitchell at Massey Hall.
- Monday, April 1, 2013
Carolina Chocolate Drops, whom Paul Krugman recently featured briefly in his New York Times Friday Night Music column, launch a months-long spring tour of the United States with a performance at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia, tonight. The extensive, nationwide tour includes shows in New York, Boston, Charlotte, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, and more, as well as sets at festival like DelFest and ROMP.
About this Album2010 Grammy Award Winner: Best Traditional Folk Album
Nonesuch Records released the label debut of North Carolina–based string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops on February 16, 2010, and the vinyl version, which includes the album on 140-gram vinyl and CD, on July 13. The album has received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Produced by critically acclaimed recording artist and songwriter Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke), Genuine Negro Jig features string band interpretations of Blu Cantrell’s beat-box driven R&B single “Hit ‘Em Up Style” and Tom Waits’ “Trampled Rose,” as well as a pair of original compositions, alongside such traditional tracks as “Cornbread and Butterbeans” and “Trouble in Your Mind.” It is the band’s second record; their 2007 release, Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind, was praised by Paste for “bravely and expertly reclaiming the string band tradition for modern African-American culture,” while NPR’s Weekend Edition calls the band “the hottest thing to hit the old-time music community in decades.”
Customers ordering Genuine Negro Jig through the Nonesuch Store receive the album both on CD and as audiophile-quality, 320 kbps MP3s. In addition, with those MP3s will be a full seven Nonesuch Store-exclusive bonus tracks, all recorded before a live audience at Santa Monica's famed Village Recorder studio in November 2009.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops formed after band members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson met at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, in 2005; they have toured continuously since the band’s inception. All three trained in the Piedmont banjo and fiddle musical tradition under the tutelage of Joe Thompson, who, at age 90, is believed to be the last living performer from the Piedmont string band heyday. While old-time Southern string music is often associated with Caucasian musicians from Appalachia, Giddens pointed out in a recent NPR interview that “it seems that two things get left out of the history books. One, that there was string band music in the Piedmont, period. (And that) black folk was such a huge part of string tradition.” The Carolina Chocolate Drops seek to not only correct this misunderstanding, but to keep the centuries-old string music tradition alive and developing.
The members of Carolina Chocolate Drops all come from diverse musical backgrounds, sharing singing duties and swapping instruments throughout their sets. Flemons has immersed himself in the music of the past, with a prodigious record collection and an immense knowledge of the different playing styles of the blues, country, and string band traditions. In addition to her work with Joe Thompson, Giddens—a Piedmont native—studied opera at Oberlin Conservatory, performs with a Celtic band and is also an avid contra dancer and caller. Robinson, the group’s main fiddler, also plays banjo; he grew up in a house full of musicians—his mother is a classically trained opera singer and cellist, his sister a classical pianist and his grandfather a harmonica player.
Carolina Chocolate Drops are Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson
Produced by Joe Henry
Recorded January 9-16, 2009 and mixed February 17-20, 2009 by Ryan Freeland at The Garfield House, South Pasadena, CA
Studio assistance provided by Julian Cubillos
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
Tracks 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, and bonus tracks 14, 15, 18, 19 arranged by by Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson; track 6 and bonus track 17 arranged by Rhiannon Giddens.
Design by Barbara DeWilde
This album is available from Nonesuch in the world outside of France.