"In the summer and fall of 2005, three young black musicians, Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson, made the commitment to travel to Mebane, N.C., every Thursday night to sit in the home of old-time fiddler Joe Thompson for a musical jam session. Joe was in his 80’s, a black fiddler with a short bowing style that he inherited from generations of family musicians. He had learned to play a wide ranging set of tunes sitting on the back porch with other players after a day of field work. Now he was passing those same lessons on to a new generation.
When the three students decided to form a band, they didn’t have big plans. It was mostly a tribute to Joe, a chance to bring his music back out of the house again and into dance halls and public places. They called themselves The Carolina Chocolate Drops." -their website
--Listen to the Rickett's Hornpipe jam on the myspace. Wow!
This is some really neat stuff. An amazing story played by some amazing people. Check it.
P.S. If you live in st louis (shoulder bump to rusty, jason, and tom) they are playing at the St. Louis Art Museum on Feb. 26th!!