Carolina Chocolate Drops At Grand Ole Opry

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Formed in 2005, the Carolina Chocolate Drops is an old-time string band that plays the traditional music from the Piedmont region of North and South Carolina. The group also strives to emulate the music of African American fiddler Joe Thompson. CCD released 4 albums before charting on the billboard charts in 2010. Genuine Negro Jig, which was released in 2010 quickly rose to No. 1 on the US bluegrass charts. Their subsequent albums, Luminescent Ochestrii EP and Leaving Eden reached No. 3 and No. 1 respectively.

The band members each play several instruments thereby providing the audience with a very diverse band. When the group recorded their most recent album, Leaving Eden, they rented a house in Nashville for a week in order to do nothing but jam, write songs, practice songs, find inspiration, and spend time getting to know each other better. Sax, cello, and bass player Hubby Jenkins says, “I felt like that was really the key to creating the band’s sound, that one week in Nashville when we had the house together and just played everyday.” The all African American band made their Grand Ole Opry debut in 2011.  

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