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Carolina Chocolate Drops to premiere new video



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 is currently premiering the Carolina Chocolate Drops' video for the track "Country Girl." The song is from the acclaimed band's new album Leaving Eden, out now on Nonesuch Records. View the video at 




The group is continuing their North American tour throughout the summer including a run of shows with the Dave Matthews Band; please see below for full schedule. 




Leaving Eden the group's follow-up to their lauded label debut--2010's Grammy Award-winning Genuine Negro Jig--is a record of original compositions, covers, and traditional songs produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Solomon Burke). The press continues to praise the album: 




"Eden grows handsome fruit from a nation's tangled roots...a lesson in 21st-century American folk--a tradition that's as miscegenated as ever, and stronger for it."--Rolling Stone 




"The band challenges limited notions of black musicianship by exploring string-band music."--NPR Music 




"Exciting audiences as instrumentalists, singers, even as dancers, while digging further into the broad legacy of Southern music...a core trio of Mr. Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins...have defied genre classification by charging, fully prepared, into many fields."--Wall Street Journal 




"Incredibly powerful music with a brand of resilience that, unlike the system that ensnared its creators, not only has survived but has also emerged victorious over it. The Carolina Chocolate Drops didn't just manifest this music but proved how much energy remains within these songs."--Los Angeles Times 




"[The Carolina Chocolate Drops are] simply a great band. Leaving Eden captures the variety of their 


exhilarating live shows."--USA Today 




With Leaving Eden the Carolina Chocolate Drops' founding members Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens expand their lineup to include multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins; during their live sets the members share singing duties and swap instruments regularly. (Cellist Leyla McCalla also joins the band on the record and on tour.) 




The Drops have toured year-round internationally since the band's inception, playing festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Telluride and selling out concert halls and clubs. The band regularly receives critical accolades from publications such as the Seattle Times, which said "What a treat to bask in this Grammy-winning group's top-notch musicality, easy good humor and understated but sparkling showmanship with just the right dollop of historical background." And the Capital Times (Madison, WI) said, "The string band performed a joyful, high-energy show that had the packed, sweaty theater moving and cheering for the entire time. The band's sound is rooted in, and very reverent to, the traditional African-American string band sound of generations ago. But the attitude is anything but old-timey, as the band brought in hip-hop and soul elements, a no-holds-barred energy, and just a sense of playfulness to the songs." 








May 10 Birchmere Alexandria, VA 


May 11 Brown's Island Richmond, VA 


May 20 Theater at Lime Kiln Lexington, VA 


May 25 Acoustic Café Amphitheater Haleyville, AL 


May 26 Comcast Theatre Hartford, CT* 


May 28 Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain Scranton, PA* 


May 29 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH* 


June 1 Gaves Mountain Festival of Music Syria, VA 


June 2 Appel Farm Arts & Music Center Elmer, NJ 


June 3 Mountain Jam Hunter, NY 


June 5-6 Comcast Center Mansfield, MA* 


June 8 Three Rivers Arts Festival Pittsburgh, PA 


June 13 OK Mozart Festival Oklahoma City, OK 


June 14 OK Mozart Festival Bartlesville, OK 


June 17 Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival Palisade, CO 


June 23 International Festival of Arts & Ideas New Haven, CT 


June 27 Mint Museum Charlotte, NC 


June 29 Grand Ole Opry Nashville, TN 


June 30 ROMP Bluegrass Festival Owensboro, KY 


July 7-8 Winnipeg Folk Festival Winnipeg, MB 


July 13 The Handlebar Greenville, SC 


July 14 Sugar Grove Festival Sugar Grove, NC 


July 15 Paramount Center for the Arts Bristol, TN 


July 20 Cain Park Cleveland Heights, OH 


July 24 Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series Lake Placid, NY 


July 26 Sound Town Music and Camping Festival Somerset, WI 


July 28 Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton, AB 


July 29 Prescott Park Arts Festival Portsmouth, NH 


August 4 L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series Freeport, ME 


August 11 Central Park Summerstage New York, NY 


August 12 Payomet Performing Arts Center Truro, MA 


September 1 Rhythm & Root Festival Charlestown, RI 


September 4 UNCG Performing Arts Series Greensboro, NC 


September 14 Grand Point North Festival Burlington, VT 




* with Dave Matthews Band 






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