For me this doesn't have the same magical feel as Genuine Negro Jig but it's still amazing. I find myself skipping over a few tracks where with the above mentioned I never did. I definitely missed Justin Robinson on this one but love the addition of Hubby Jenkins. My favorite songs on this one are Country Girl, Ruby, Are You Mad at Your Man, and Leaving Eden (this one will bring a few tears on). Definitely a solid album for the CCD fans.
This band took old songs and gave them new life, with performances that are both passionate and playful. It's American roots music at its best. Recommended by Eric
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A lively, entertaining CD of old-time music, by a band from the Piedmont area of the US. The "Chocolate Drops," who take this part of their name from an older African-American Tennessee string band, play music of their region, refusing to be pegged by racial categories defining what they "should" play. Still, the members seem to be formally trained musicians with little of the rawness of the earlier musicians they claim to emulate, which may be good or bad according to your own tastes.
Love this group and recording! A friend sent me a YouTube link for their song "Leaving Eden". It was so haunting and beautiful that I looked to see if the library had the CD; it did and I am playing it a lot. No doubt I'll be purchasing this CD. The Caroline Chocolate Drops play a wide variety of music, from Grand Ol' Oprey style to bluegrass to old time country to Gaellic (yes, I said Gaellic though not on this CD). The four members play well together and complement each other nicely. Rhiannon's voice, however, is the real draw here.
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