Grammy Award winners The Carolina Chocolate Drops will come to Downtown Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall on September 21, 2012 (same night as Florence and the Machine at the Amphitheater). The show is part of the PineCone Down Home Series which also includes Chatham County Line at Fletcher next March. The Chocolate Drops are touring on their excellent new album, Leaving Eden. Tickets will be on sale for CCD on May 14-16 for PineCone members, and on May 17 at 10 a.m. to the general public.
North Carolina’s own Grammy winning Carolina Chocolate Drops kick off PineCone’s Down Home Concerts at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Their latest release, Leaving Eden, has received widespread critical acclaim, and they’ve also penned a tune titled “Daughter’s Lament” for The Hunger Games soundtrack.
Leaving Eden is a record of original compositions, covers, and traditional songs produced by Buddy Miller. The current band line-up features founding members Dom Flemons and Rhiannon Giddens with Hubby Jenkins, and New Orleans-based cellist Leyla McCalla also joins them on their latest tour. The Drops formed after founding members Flemons and Giddens met Piedmont fiddler Joe Thompson at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, NC in 2005. They traveled to his home once a week to learn from him and jam with him, and they started performing as a tribute to Thompson, a chance to bring his music back out of the house again and into dance halls and public places. Today, their music carries on Thompson’s old-time Piedmont music legacy and proves that the music of the past is as alive and vibrant today as it ever was. Join PineCone for a night celebrating North Carolina Piedmont music!
Check out the new video for Country Girl, the new single by Carolina Choloate Drops, off their new album Leaving Eden.