Monday, November 29, 2010

Carolina Chocolate Drops: the Sweet Sound of Style

Say folk music today and most people will run away in fear of listening to tortured songs of self reflection or anti-war protest songs.  This is so much so that the television series The Gilmore Girls regularly poked fun at the folk singer. 

This is with good reason much of what passes for folk music is little better than warmed-over acoustic grunge from the 1990's.  This is not the case with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. 

I just finished listening to their CD Genuine Negro Jig and found myself enraptured with the talent and diverse musical styling of this trio.  Throughout the CD you will hear a blend of bluegrass, ragtime, jazz, blues, folk and world music sounds.  This was not a mash-up of sameness, but each song was a unique treat to the ear as well as the soul. 

This CD is everything that is right about folk music.  It is currently ranked in the Top 10 in the folk genre and is a breath of fresh air.  Those who enjoy folk, or roots music appreciate the variety of musical styles that are produced around the United States and around the world.  In this CD each song stands alone as a thing of beauty.  You can feel the deep currents of American roots music run through this CD and yet know that the group is a representation of the best in American and world music in the 21st Century.

Genuine Negro Jig is available at the South Sioux City Public Library.

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