Carolina Chocolate Drops is an African-American string band from Durham, NC, one of the few such groups still in existence.Â The trio steps into an old tradition of storytelling and instrument swapping.Â Â Genuine Negro Jig is a bonafide bluegrass record; even their cover of 2001 pop hit â€œHit â€˜Em Up Styleâ€ sounds like itâ€™s straight out of a scratchy 1920â€™s record.Â Whether letting loose with a traditional foot-stomping classic like â€œTrouble in Mindâ€ or slowing things down with the soulful vocals of Rhiannon Giddens on â€œWhy Donâ€™t You Do Right?â€,Â Geniune Negro Jig is a memorable album from start to finish. Â I don’t want to count all my chickens before they hatch, or however we want to update that phrase for the year 2010, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this on my Best of 2010 list.
The trio performs this Friday at Park West at 8:00; Pieta Brown opens. Â Tickets are still available.
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