Carrying on the African-American string-band tradition of their mentor Joe Thompson, Durham, N.C., ensemble the Carolina Chocolate Drops focus squarely on the historic fiddle-and-banjo music of North Carolina's Piedmont region. All 14 tracks on Dona Got a Ramblin 'Mind are traditional tunes; though some of the songs feature vocals, the emphasis is strongly on the instrumental interplay. Some of the titles may be familiar — "Little Sadie," "Tom Dula," "Dixie" — but you may never have heard them rendered this raw and real before.
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By Tad Hendrickson on 02.28.12 in Reviews
The Carolina Chocolate Drops rose to prominence a few years back by reviving the African-American string band tradition, the roots of which go back as far as early 19th-century minstrelsy. Often wrongly filed under blueg...