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The Carolina Chocolate Drops must be the only band with a new album that features both the banjo and a human beat box.
“Leaving Eden” is a collection of 15 original and cover songs that continues the Grammy Award-winning group’s mission of not just playing old-time music, but playing with it.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops are also showcasing African American musicians who play string music, typically seen as a white genre.
“There’s a lot of history of black string bands and African American people playing this type of music, which is generally considered white music,” The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Dom Flemons told Here & Now‘s Robin Young. “We decided to… play the old time music and show that there are participants who are black and African American.”
The musicians have become the most visible members of a revivalist movement that, by nature of its existence, is doing away with the cultural perception that old-time music is nothing more than the soundtrack of a racist South.