Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre:
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Milwaukee Blues”

Time once again for our usual midday Wednesday feature.

Frequent readers of mwbh -- you both know who you are -- will remember last year's presentation of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, who won a Grammy for best traditional folk album that year. (Too bad the awards for traditional and contemporary folk have been merged since then, but alas, we digress ...) Since then, fiddler Justin Robinson has left the band. Rhiannon Giddens (5-string banjo, fiddle, kazoo) and Dom Flemons (4-string banjo, guitar, jug, harmonica, kazoo, snare drum, bones, quills) are now joined by Hubby Jenkins (guitar, mandolin, 5-string banjo, bones) and Adam Matta (beatbox, tambourine). The result not only expands from a trio to a quartet, but expands their musical horizons.

Here, the new lineup (minus Matta, but joined by guest celloist Leyla McCalla) performs "Milwaukee Blues" live from the Folk Alley studios.

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