Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Carolina Chocolate Drops

“Tradition is a guide, not a jailer. We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians.”

—Justin Robinson of the 
Carolina Chocolate Drops
This information taken from their website.
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The Carolina Chocolate Drops and String Band History

The Carolina Chocolate Drops are the newest and youngest players in a long lineage of Black String Bands. The tradition traces its roots to musicians from Africa who came to the Americas in the holds of slave ships. The anchor instruments were made of gourds with a neck and a variety of string combinations. The same basic gourd banjo, called the ekontone, is played today in Gambia. Alongside the banjo gourd, musicians devised a number of fiddles, American-born relatives of the African ritti or one-stringed fiddle. Eventually, perhaps under the influence or orders of masters who wanted Irish jigs played in their parlors, black fiddle-players picked up the European violin, taking that instrument back to their cabins, adding classical-style fiddle to banjo and percussion; so the blurring of boundaries began.

Yes, I am dancing.  ; )

I've had this Cornbread song on here before.
I LOVE how the voice in this song
celebrates the simplicity of his life
and finds joy in his meager daily tasks.

Oh the joy!!!!!!
Makes me want to dance a jig!
Did you tap your toe a bit?
; )

Here's to a 
Tuesday to ya!

Love to you all...
xoxoxo d

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