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Carolina Chocolate Drops

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Rediscovering the banjo's black roots

From the January, 2008 issue

The Carolina Chocolate Drops, young African American musicians from North Carolina, renew a fairly arcane tradition, the old-time black stringband music of the Carolina Piedmont that they learned from its handful of surviving octogenarian performers. They started out playing dances and clubs like the Ark, and in the booklet for their latest album, in

 
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