Carolina Chocolate Drops Co-Founder To Leave Band

Nov 13, 2013

Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founders Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons
Credit Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dom Flemons, a co-founder of North Carolina-based Grammy award winning string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, will leave the band in mid-December following a series of concert dates. He will be starting a solo career. 

The Drops will continue with co-founder Rhiannon Giddens and  Hubby Jenkins, who joined in 2011, and two new musicians - cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett, according to a statement released by the band.

'Dom and I have been a tremendous team for the last eight years, and I wish him all the best on his new solo endeavor. I know he will be enriching the landscape of American music wherever he goes' - Rhiannon Giddens

The Carolina Chocolate Drops formed in late 2005 shortly after attending the first Black Banjo Gathering held in Boone, North Carolina.  Their album Genuine Negro Jig won the 2010 Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy.

Flemons is the second c0-founding member to leave; Justin Robinson departed in 2011.

The remaining concert dates that feature Flemons are:

  • Dec 6    Variety Playhouse    Atlanta, GA
  • Dec 7    The Orange Peel    Asheville, NC
  • Dec 8    The Orange Peel    Asheville, NC
  • Dec 12    Bijou Theatre    Knoxville, TN
  • Dec 13    Bijou Theatre    Knoxville, TN
  • Dec 14    Neighborhood Theatre    Charlotte, NC
  • Dec 15    Neighborhood Theatre    Charlotte, NC

The Carolina Chocolate Drops with fiddler Joe Thompson
Credit Carolina Chocolate Drops

The Carolina Chocolate Drops preserve and extend African-American traditions in old-time and string band music. They worked closely with celebrated North Carolina fiddle player Joe Thompson, a third-generation musician from Alamance County, NC.

Their music will be featured in an upcoming PBS Special "Nashville 2.0" later this month.