Friday, June 15, 2012
Watch: Carolina Chocolate Drops Perform Three-Song Set for USA TodayCarolina Chocolate Drops recently stopped by USA Today's StudioA to perform a three-song set featuring music from their new album, Leaving Eden, released earlier this year on Nonesuch Records, and their Grammy-winning Nonesuch debut album, Genuine Negro Jig. The set opens with "Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine," off the earlier album, followed by "Country Girl" and "Riro's House," both from the new album. The band followed the performance by talking with USA Today's Korina Lopez about the band's history and music. Watch the complete set and interview below.
Carolina Chocolate Drops have returned to the OK Mozart festival for a second year in a row, performing two sets in the Oklahoma festival earlier this week. Tonight, band member Rhiannon Giddens joins the Amici New York Orchestra for an outdoor concert at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, featuring an eclectic program of songs by Edith Piaf, Johann Strauss Jr., and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
She and her fellow Chocolate Drops Dom Flemons and Hubby Jenkins, as well as cellist Leyla McCalla, continue their US tour with a set at River Bend Park in Palisade, Colorado, on Sunday as part of the Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival. The Huffington Post, in a recent review of Leaving Eden, says: "You can marvel at Giddens' vocals, appreciate Flemons's tasteful quills playing, or kick your heels up at Jenkins's banjo and bones ... the one thing you can't do is get bored."
See for yourself in the USA Today session below, and to find out where the band is playing near you, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.