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: