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Track Listing

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1Riro's House (Traditional)2:02
2Kerr's Negro Jig (Traditional)1:09
3Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man? (Cousin Emmy)3:46
4Boodle-De-Bum-Bum (Ben Curry/Dom Flemons)4:03
5Country Girl (Rhiannon Giddens/Lalenja Harrington/Adam Matta)3:22
6Run Mountain (J. E. Mainer)2:01
7Leaving Eden (Laurelyn Dossett)4:36
8Read 'Em John (Traditional)1:54
9Mahalla (Hannes Coetzee)1:54
10West End Blues (Etta Baker/Rhiannon Giddens)3:02
11Po’ Black Sheep (Traditional)3:21
12I Truly Understand That You Love Another Man (Traditional)2:34
13No Man’s Mama (Lew Pollack/Jack Yellen)4:00
14Briggs’ Corn Shucking Jig / Camptown Hornpipe (Traditional)2:54
15Pretty Bird (Hazel Dickens)4:04

News & Reviews

  • Rhiannon Giddens Performs on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"

    Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens is featured on the latest episode of Nurse Jackie, airing on Showtime this Sunday, April 20. She performs four traditional tunes, backed by her bandmate Hubby Jenkins and three other old-time musicians, with Giddens doing square dance calls and playing fiddle. The episode is available now via Showtime's online streaming service, Showtime Anytime. The New York Times, reviewing Carolina Chocolate Drops' recent show in Brooklyn, called it a "rollicking, revelatory concert," lauding Giddens as "ridiculously charismatic." Times columnist Paul Krugman called the show "totally amazing."

  • Rhiannon Giddens Wins Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award in North Carolina

    Rhiannon Giddens, co-founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, receives the 2014 Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC, today. The Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina. "Honorees are persons who have, over a long period, been outstanding practitioners of their art," says Ron Bayes, distinguished professor of creative writing Emeritus, "and who have selflessly shared their talent with other creators, working in their primary genre and beyond."

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.”


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)


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


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

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