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    Watch: Carolina Chocolate Drops Perform "No Man's Mama" on "Later ... with Jools Holland"

    Carolina Chocolate Drops, who joined The Chieftains for a performance on Later ... with Jools Holland on BBC Two last Tuesday, were also featured on the full, one-hour episode of Later on Friday night. That show included an encore broadcast of The Chieftains performance as well as a solo performance from the Chocolate Drops of the song "No Man's Mama," off of their new album, Leaving Eden, released earlier this year on Nonesuch Records. Watch the performance below.

    As noted in the Nonesuch Journal, the Chocolate Drops were in New Orleans this past weekend for Jazz Fast, giving "a joyous, emotionally committed show," according to Chris Waddington's review for the Times-Picayune. "The passion of the Chocolate Drops came through in their playing—the high lonesome wail of [Rhiannon] Giddens' violin and the lithe alto she deployed on vocals; the percussive banjo lines of [Dom] Flemons and [Hubbie] Jenkins, and the clattering exchanges when the men took up the bones. [Leyla] McCalla's cello added a pulsing, accordion drone and some funky walking bass lines ... If other players had chosen to sit in, the Chocolate drops could have easily accommodated everyone from a bluegrass fiddler to a West African griot plucking the kora. If that's not the kind of thing you expect from hip, young African-American musicians—then get to know the Chocolate Drops, and please bring your dancing shoes." Read the complete review at nola.com.

    This week, the Carolina Chocolate Drops tour takes the band to the Midwest for performances at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis tonight, followed by shows at the Capitol Theater in Madison, Lincoln Hall in Chicago, and the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan. The Chocolate Drops head back down south in the coming weeks, starting at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, next Thursday. For additional details and ticket information, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    Watch Carolina Chocolate Drops perform "No Man's Mama" off Leaving Eden on Later here:

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Watch: Carolina Chocolate Drops Perform "No Man's Mama" on "Later ... with Jools Holland"

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Carolina Chocolate Drops, who joined The Chieftains for a performance on Later ... with Jools Holland on BBC Two last Tuesday, were also featured on  Friday's full episode of Later. That show included an encore broadcast of The Chieftains performance as well as a solo performance from the Chocolate Drops of the song "No Man's Mama," off of their new album, Leaving Eden. Watch the performance here. Following the weekend's "joyous, emotionally committed show" (Times-Picayune) at New Orleans Jazz Fest, the band performs in the Midwest this week.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops, who joined The Chieftains for a performance on Later ... with Jools Holland on BBC Two last Tuesday, were also featured on the full, one-hour episode of Later on Friday night. That show included an encore broadcast of The Chieftains performance as well as a solo performance from the Chocolate Drops of the song "No Man's Mama," off of their new album, Leaving Eden, released earlier this year on Nonesuch Records. Watch the performance below.

As noted in the Nonesuch Journal, the Chocolate Drops were in New Orleans this past weekend for Jazz Fast, giving "a joyous, emotionally committed show," according to Chris Waddington's review for the Times-Picayune. "The passion of the Chocolate Drops came through in their playing—the high lonesome wail of [Rhiannon] Giddens' violin and the lithe alto she deployed on vocals; the percussive banjo lines of [Dom] Flemons and [Hubbie] Jenkins, and the clattering exchanges when the men took up the bones. [Leyla] McCalla's cello added a pulsing, accordion drone and some funky walking bass lines ... If other players had chosen to sit in, the Chocolate drops could have easily accommodated everyone from a bluegrass fiddler to a West African griot plucking the kora. If that's not the kind of thing you expect from hip, young African-American musicians—then get to know the Chocolate Drops, and please bring your dancing shoes." Read the complete review at nola.com.

This week, the Carolina Chocolate Drops tour takes the band to the Midwest for performances at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis tonight, followed by shows at the Capitol Theater in Madison, Lincoln Hall in Chicago, and the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan. The Chocolate Drops head back down south in the coming weeks, starting at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia, next Thursday. For additional details and ticket information, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Watch Carolina Chocolate Drops perform "No Man's Mama" off Leaving Eden on Later here:

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Carolina Chocolate Drops: "Later ... with Jool Holland," April 2012

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