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Leaving Eden

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  • Rhiannon Giddens and the Carolina Chocolate Drops will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame this October. "I'm so honored to be part of the 2016 class of inductees into the NC Music Hall of Fame," says Giddens. "Being from North Carolina has been such a big part of what I do and will remain so for the rest of my life; being a mentee of Joe Thompson and starting the Carolina Chocolate Drops along with Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson are among the things of my life that I am most proud of. Happy to be in such good company as the Avett Brothers, David Holt, my fellow Chocolate Drops, and other fine musicians. Carolina forever!"

  • The Americana Music Association announced today its nominations for the 2015 Americana Honors & Awards, and among the nominees are Rhiannon Giddens for Artist of the Year and Album of the Year for her T Bone Burnett-produced solo debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn; Punch Brothers for Duo/Group of the Year; and Carolina Chocolate Drops' own Hubby Jenkins for Instrumentalist of the Year. The Americana Honors & Awards return to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 16.

  • About This Album

    North Carolina–based Carolina Chocolate Drops follow up their critically lauded label debut—2010’s Grammy Award–winning Genuine Negro Jig, which reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers and Folk Charts—with Leaving Eden, due February 28 on Nonesuch Records, with vinyl to follow on March 20. The group returns with a record of original compositions, covers, and traditional songs produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Solomon Burke).

    With Leaving Eden the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ founding members Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens expand their lineup to include multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins; during their live sets the members share singing duties and swap instruments regularly. (Cellist Leyla McCalla also joins the band on the record.)

    The Drops have toured year-round internationally since the band’s inception, playing festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Telluride and selling out concert halls and clubs. The band regularly receives critical accolades from publications such as the Seattle Times, which said “What a treat to bask in this Grammy-winning group’s top-notch musicality, easy good humor and understated but sparkling showmanship with just the right dollop of historical background.” And the Capital Times (Madison, WI) said, “The string band performed a joyful, high-energy show that had the packed, sweaty theater moving and cheering for the entire time. The band’s sound is rooted in, and very reverent to, the traditional African-American string band sound of generations ago. But the attitude is anything but old-timey, as the band brought in hip-hop and soul elements, a no-holds-barred energy, and just a sense of playfulness to the songs.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Dom Flemons, vocal (1, 4, 6, 11), snare drum (1), bass drum (1, 2, 12), bones (3, 14), 4-string banjo (4-6, 9-11, 13), jug (4), quills (6, 12), guitar (7), lead vocal (8)
    Rhiannon Giddens, fiddle (1, 3, 5, 6, 10-12), 5-string gourd banjo (2, 14), 5-string banjo (3), 5-string cello banjo (4), background vocal (4, 6, 12), vocal (5, 7, 10, 13, 15), harmony vocal (8)
    Hubby Jenkins, 5-string banjo (1, 12), mandolin (3-5, 7), guitar (6, 9, 13), background vocal (6), vocal (8, 12), bones (11, 14)
    Adam Matta, beatbox (3, 5, 11), background vocal (4, 6), tambourine (6, 14), vocal (8), vocal bass (13)
    Leyla McCalla, cello (5, 7), background vocal (7)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Buddy Miller
    Recorded by Mike Poole at Buddy Miller's Home, Nashville, TN
    Assistant Engineer: Gordon Hammond
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME

    Track 1, 12 arranged by Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Hubby Jenkins; track 2 arranged by Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons; tracks 3, 8, 11, 14 arranged by Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Dom Flemons, and Adam Matta

    Design by Al Quattrocchi / Tornado Design
    Photography by Bill Steber

    Executive Producer: David Bither

Format Availability

  • This album is available from Nonesuch in the world outside of France.

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Artist Name: 
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 05:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

On Leaving Eden, the Carolina Chocolate Drops follow their Grammy-winning album Genuine Negro Jig with a record of original compositions, covers, and traditional songs produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Solomon Burke). They “may take their cues from 1920s string- and jug-band music," says USA Today, "but they're simply a great band.” The Observer calls them "the most electrifying acoustic act around." Rolling Stone gives the album four stars. The BBC says: "It's plain terrific."

Description: 

North Carolina–based Carolina Chocolate Drops follow up their critically lauded label debut—2010’s Grammy Award–winning Genuine Negro Jig, which reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers and Folk Charts—with Leaving Eden, due February 28 on Nonesuch Records, with vinyl to follow on March 20. The group returns with a record of original compositions, covers, and traditional songs produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Solomon Burke).

With Leaving Eden the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ founding members Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens expand their lineup to include multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins; during their live sets the members share singing duties and swap instruments regularly. (Cellist Leyla McCalla also joins the band on the record.)

The Drops have toured year-round internationally since the band’s inception, playing festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Telluride and selling out concert halls and clubs. The band regularly receives critical accolades from publications such as the Seattle Times, which said “What a treat to bask in this Grammy-winning group’s top-notch musicality, easy good humor and understated but sparkling showmanship with just the right dollop of historical background.” And the Capital Times (Madison, WI) said, “The string band performed a joyful, high-energy show that had the packed, sweaty theater moving and cheering for the entire time. The band’s sound is rooted in, and very reverent to, the traditional African-American string band sound of generations ago. But the attitude is anything but old-timey, as the band brought in hip-hop and soul elements, a no-holds-barred energy, and just a sense of playfulness to the songs.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Buddy Miller
Recorded by Mike Poole at Buddy Miller's Home, Nashville, TN
Assistant Engineer: Gordon Hammond
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME

Track 1, 12 arranged by Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Hubby Jenkins; track 2 arranged by Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons; tracks 3, 8, 11, 14 arranged by Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins, Dom Flemons, and Adam Matta

Design by Al Quattrocchi / Tornado Design
Photography by Bill Steber

Executive Producer: David Bither

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

529809

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
FormatRestrictions: 

This album is available from Nonesuch in the world outside of France.

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075597962710BUN
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13.00
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MP3
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075597962703
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11.00
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LP+CD+MP3
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19.00
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075597949681
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MUSICIANS
Dom Flemons, vocal (1, 4, 6, 11), snare drum (1), bass drum (1, 2, 12), bones (3, 14), 4-string banjo (4-6, 9-11, 13), jug (4), quills (6, 12), guitar (7), lead vocal (8)
Rhiannon Giddens, fiddle (1, 3, 5, 6, 10-12), 5-string gourd banjo (2, 14), 5-string banjo (3), 5-string cello banjo (4), background vocal (4, 6, 12), vocal (5, 7, 10, 13, 15), harmony vocal (8)
Hubby Jenkins, 5-string banjo (1, 12), mandolin (3-5, 7), guitar (6, 9, 13), background vocal (6), vocal (8, 12), bones (11, 14)
Adam Matta, beatbox (3, 5, 11), background vocal (4, 6), tambourine (6, 14), vocal (8), vocal bass (13)
Leyla McCalla, cello (5, 7), background vocal (7)

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