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

Carolina Chocolate Drops: "Leaving Eden" [cover]
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 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:


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
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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