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    Carolina Chocolate Drops Launch US Tour; Preview New Album's Opening Track

    Carolina Chocolate Drops are back in the United States after a week in the UK to launch a months-long US tour at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, tonight. The tour will take the band up and down the East Coast and to the Midwest into March, when they head West for stops in LA, San Francisco, Seattle, and more, till they head back east to play the New Orleans Jazz Fest at the end of April. See below for all the currently scheduled dates and head to nonesuch.com/on-tour for additional details and ticket links.

    While on the road, the band will celebrate the release of their new album, Leaving Eden, due out February 28 on Nonesuch Records. To reserve a copy now, head to the Nonesuch Store, where pre-orders include an instant download of the track “Country Girl”; a limited-number of CDs ordered will be signed by the band. To get a taste of the new album, check out the preview video below, featuring the album's opening track, "Riro's House."

    Carolina Chocolate Drops earned rave reviews on their UK tour. As noted earlier this week in the Nonesuch Journal, their show with Punch Brothers at Celtic Connections in Glasgow earned five stars from the Scotsman and was described as "riotously good fun" by the Herald Scotland. The Chocolate Drops' headlining show at Cecil Sharp House in London has since earned the band four stars from both the Guardian and the Times of London.

    Their "energetic set ... provided a reminder that pre-war string band music was played not just by white country artists but also by African-American musicians," writes the Guardian's Robin Denselow, "and their revivalism involved both classy playing on fiddle, banjo and guitar, and a no-nonsense, stomping approach worthy of the early skiffle bands." In the Times, reviewer Clive Davis reports: "By the end of the evening the atmosphere was little short of ecstatic."

    Watch a preview of Leaving Eden, featuring the album's opening track "Riro's House," here:

    CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS ON TOUR

    Jan 26 Music Hall Portsmouth, NH
    Jan 27 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT
    Jan 28 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA
    Jan 29 Swyer Theatre, The Egg Albany, NY
    Jan 31 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA
    Feb 2 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
    Feb 3 Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
    Feb 7 Butcher Auditorium, Hiwassee College Madisonville, TN
    Feb 9 Henderson Fine Arts Center Henderson, KY
    Feb 17 Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
    Feb 18 Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Library of Congress Washington, DC
    Feb 19 Ruby Diamond Auditorium, Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
    Feb 23 Clifton Center Louisville, KY
    Feb 24 Buskirk-Chumley Theater Bloomington, IN
    Feb 25 Carpenter Hall, Earlham College Richmond, IN
    Feb 26 Stuart's Opera House Nelsonville, OH
    Feb 28 Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center York, PA
    Feb 29 World Cafe Live at the Queen Wilmington, DE
    Mar 2 Michael Schimmel Center, Pace University New York, NY
    Mar 3 Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA
    Mar 4 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA
    Mar 7 Infinity Hall Norfolk, CT
    Mar 8 Strand Theatre Rockland, ME
    Mar 9&10 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield, ME
    Mar 13 Carnegie Hall (multi-artist benefit concert) New York, NY
    Mar 31 Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA
    Apr 6 Royce Hall, UCLA Los Angeles, CA
    Apr 7 Slim's San Francisco, CA
    Apr 11 Simms Center for the Performing Arts Albuquerque, NM
    Apr 15 McDowell Mountain Music Festival Phoenix, AZ
    Apr 28 New Orleans Jazz Fest New Orleans, LA
    Jun 17 Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival Palisade, CO

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Carolina Chocolate Drops Launch US Tour; Preview New Album's Opening Track

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Carolina Chocolate Drops are back in the US after a week in the UK, which saw four-star reviews from the Guardian and Times of London, to launch a months-long US tour in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, tonight. The tour will take the band up and down the East Coast and to the Midwest then out West before they head back east to play the New Orleans Jazz Fest in April. The band's new album, Leaving Eden, is due out February 28. Check out a preview video here, featuring the album's opening track, "Riro's House."

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Carolina Chocolate Drops are back in the United States after a week in the UK to launch a months-long US tour at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, tonight. The tour will take the band up and down the East Coast and to the Midwest into March, when they head West for stops in LA, San Francisco, Seattle, and more, till they head back east to play the New Orleans Jazz Fest at the end of April. See below for all the currently scheduled dates and head to nonesuch.com/on-tour for additional details and ticket links.

While on the road, the band will celebrate the release of their new album, Leaving Eden, due out February 28 on Nonesuch Records. To reserve a copy now, head to the Nonesuch Store, where pre-orders include an instant download of the track “Country Girl”; a limited-number of CDs ordered will be signed by the band. To get a taste of the new album, check out the preview video below, featuring the album's opening track, "Riro's House."

Carolina Chocolate Drops earned rave reviews on their UK tour. As noted earlier this week in the Nonesuch Journal, their show with Punch Brothers at Celtic Connections in Glasgow earned five stars from the Scotsman and was described as "riotously good fun" by the Herald Scotland. The Chocolate Drops' headlining show at Cecil Sharp House in London has since earned the band four stars from both the Guardian and the Times of London.

Their "energetic set ... provided a reminder that pre-war string band music was played not just by white country artists but also by African-American musicians," writes the Guardian's Robin Denselow, "and their revivalism involved both classy playing on fiddle, banjo and guitar, and a no-nonsense, stomping approach worthy of the early skiffle bands." In the Times, reviewer Clive Davis reports: "By the end of the evening the atmosphere was little short of ecstatic."

Watch a preview of Leaving Eden, featuring the album's opening track "Riro's House," here:

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS ON TOUR

Jan 26 Music Hall Portsmouth, NH
Jan 27 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington, VT
Jan 28 Calvin Theater Northampton, MA
Jan 29 Swyer Theatre, The Egg Albany, NY
Jan 31 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA
Feb 2 Georgia Theatre Athens, GA
Feb 3 Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 7 Butcher Auditorium, Hiwassee College Madisonville, TN
Feb 9 Henderson Fine Arts Center Henderson, KY
Feb 17 Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
Feb 18 Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Library of Congress Washington, DC
Feb 19 Ruby Diamond Auditorium, Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
Feb 23 Clifton Center Louisville, KY
Feb 24 Buskirk-Chumley Theater Bloomington, IN
Feb 25 Carpenter Hall, Earlham College Richmond, IN
Feb 26 Stuart's Opera House Nelsonville, OH
Feb 28 Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center York, PA
Feb 29 World Cafe Live at the Queen Wilmington, DE
Mar 2 Michael Schimmel Center, Pace University New York, NY
Mar 3 Berklee Performance Center Boston, MA
Mar 4 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA
Mar 7 Infinity Hall Norfolk, CT
Mar 8 Strand Theatre Rockland, ME
Mar 9&10 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield, ME
Mar 13 Carnegie Hall (multi-artist benefit concert) New York, NY
Mar 31 Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA
Apr 6 Royce Hall, UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Apr 7 Slim's San Francisco, CA
Apr 11 Simms Center for the Performing Arts Albuquerque, NM
Apr 15 McDowell Mountain Music Festival Phoenix, AZ
Apr 28 New Orleans Jazz Fest New Orleans, LA
Jun 17 Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival Palisade, CO

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