XPN Welcomes Carolina Chocolate Drops
May 27, 2010
Lauded by SPIN for bringing “a modern sizzle to the legacy of classic African American string bands” and hailed by NPR’s All Things Considered as “a wonderful thing to watch,” North Carolina-based string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops seeks to keep the centuries-old string music tradition alive and developing. The trio is getting the major attention of music critics, historians & fans and have been heavily featured on NPR including Morning Edition, World Cafe & Fresh Air. All three band members were trained in the Piedmont banjo and fiddle musical tradition under the tutelage of Joe Thompson, who, at age 90, is believed to be the last living performer from the Piedmont string band heyday.