Tuesday, March 30, 2010

CD Review: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Make It Sound "Genuine"

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are a breath of fresh air in this computer heavy music industry. Their soulful roots shine bright on their newest release "Genuine Negro Jig".

The album feels like you time traveled back to the early 1900's when music was played from the heart and not from the wallet. The songs that make up this album are mostly covers of blues and jazz greats from yesteryear with a couple of originals added in. The album starts off with the Etta Baker instrumental "Peace Behind The Bridge". It's a great introduction on what to expect from this great band. Their version of the blues song, "Trouble In Your Mind" will put a little pep in your step. "Hit'em Up Style" has a beat provided by Justin Robinson that's hard to resist, but it's Rhiannon Giddens vocals that carry the song. If you close your eyes and listen to "Cornbread And Butterbeans" will your mind will place you right in the deep south, on the farm. Rhiannon's vocals fly high on "Why Don't You Do Right?" and the accapella "Reynadine." The eerie sounding original "Kissin' and Cussin'" was inspired by Ike and Tina Turner and all those bad relationships. Singer and banjo player Don Flemons saves his best act for last with a haunting version of Tom Waits' "Trampled Rose."

The new album "Genuine Negro Jig" was released in February and is available everywhere. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are also currently on tour in the North Carolina area before heading up the east coast at the end up April. For more information on this hot new band, please visit www.carolinachocolatedrops.com.

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