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This article was written by E on 09 Mar 2010, and is filed under Country, Covers, Folk, Guitars, Indie, links, Live Music, Mash Ups, Music Video, New.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops. Their music is as Yummy as their Name. | Their Kickass Bluegrass Cover of “Hit ‘em Up Style.”


Old Time Country.

These Kids are cool.
I found this band totally by accident (the best way to find music in my opinion) while continuing my nerd search for cool bands doing Cross-Genre Covers of random songs, I ran across the Epic Victory that is Carolina Chocolate Drops. A Bluegrass Country Band from Durham, North Carolina, Carolina Chocolate Drops are already 4 albums deep since forming in 2005. This Revival Band is unique in the sense that the musicians (Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, and Justin Robinson) frequently trade of instruments whenever they feel like it, basically. All are musically fluent in instruments like Guitar, Banjo, Violin, Harmonica, Snare Drum, Bones, Jug, and Kazoo (yeah buddy.)

Quickly releasing their first album after meeting at the Black Banjo Convention (omgwtfbbq?), someone recognized their talent and immediately put them on the soundtrack for the movie “The Great Debaters.” Since then, the trio has been on the go, making appearances wherever they can, like gigs at Mountain Stage and opening for Music Legends like Taj Mahal.

Just so you get an ideal of what you’re working with, just listen to their awesome cover of Blu Cantrell’s (where is she?) “Oops! Hit ‘em up Style.”

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Then work your way into these.
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….and have a good time.


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  • http://www.joeplays.com joe e

    Heard them on npr a few weeks ago…dope stuff. I had forgotten their name, though. Thanks for the post!