Monday, May 7, 2012
Watch: Carolina Chocolate Drops' "Country Girl" Video Premieres at CMT.comCarolina Chocolate Drops' video for the track "Country Girl" has premiered on CMT.com. The song is from the band’s new album, Leaving Eden, released earlier this year on Nonesuch Records. Leaving Eden, the group’s follow-up to their lauded label debut—2010’s Grammy Award-winning Genuine Negro Jig—is a record of original compositions, covers, and traditional songs produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Solomon Burke). Check out the "Country Girl" video, directed by Thomas Ciaburri, below.
The Chocolate Drops—founding members Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons and newer full-time member Hubby Jenkins, plus cellist Leyla McCalla, who has been touring with the band—are continuing their North American tour throughout the summer including a run of shows with the Dave Matthews Band. Following tonight's performance in Michigan, the tour takes the band to Virginia for three shows, starting with a concert at the Birchmere in Alexandria. For all of the currently scheduled tour dates, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.
Their performance at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on Saturday proved to be "an ecstatic celebration of old-time music," raves the Chicago Tribune. "The Carolina Chocolate Drops are not just reviving the African-American string band tradition. They are young, modern musicians with an electrifying understanding of roots music, in the deepest sense of that loose genre term," explains reviewer Chrissie Dickinson. "With a loving, inclusive set that had the audience clapping, singing and dancing along, the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the future—and the past—of American roots music is in very good hands."
Dickinson calls attention to the band's performance of "Country Girl" in particular. "Giddens' self-penned 'Country Girl' was all funky sway and rhythmic drive, and so heady was her vocal performance that she evoked the feel of two modern country-soul greats: Bobbie Gentry and Dusty Springfield. This classically-trained vocalist is nothing short of a powerhouse ..."
Read the complete concert review at chicagotribune.com.
To pick up a copy of Leaving Eden, head to the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout; the album is also available to purchase there as MP3s and FLAC lossless files.
Watch the "Country Girl" video here, via CMT.com: