Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind

Peter Blackstock

By Peter Blackstock

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind

The Carolina Chocolate Drops
Raw and real fiddle-and-banjo music from Carolina Chocolate Drops

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.