10.15.2008

Introducing the Carolina Chocolate Drops!

Visited my buddy in Nashville this past weekend, and got to see some great live music, including the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who are revitalizing traditional African American string band music, which was very popular in the pre-World War II era, but is now incorrectly perceived as the sole domain of white mountain folk from the South.

The CCDs spiced up their already impressive show with a version of Blu Cantrell's Hit 'Em Up Style, which unfortunatley is not featured on their website(s), as well as some spontaneous hootenany-ing.

However, here is an embedded clip from them in concert, it features 18 songs, and Hit Em Up Style is #17. You can get to it by pressing FF about 17 times, which is kind of annoying, or you can set aside about 3 hours of your day and listen to all 18songs...it's worth it! (Or just go here, and click on #17...lazy bastards!)



The CCDs opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, another traditional string band that really rocked the old Ryman Auditorium...leading to a young woman getting into a heated argument with security guards before being kicked out for standing on the church pews.

I couldn't figure out how to embed it, but here is a video of Old Crow doing an awesome cover of Wagon Wheel, an awesome song with an even more awesome history:

Wagon Wheel" is a song composed of two different parts. The chorus for the song comes from a Bob Dylan outtake from the soundtrack for the film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Although never officially released, the Dylan song was released on a bootleg and is usually named after the chorus and its refrain of "Rock Me Mama." Although Dylan left the song an unfinished sketch, Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show wrote verses for the song around Dylan's original chorus. Secor's additional lyrics transformed "Rock Me Mama" into "Wagon Wheel." Secor has stated the song is partially autobiographical. The song has become extremely popular since its inclusion on Old Crow Medicine Show's major label debut, "O.C.M.S." in 2004, although the song appeared in earlier form on the now out of print "Troubles and Up and Down the Road" EP in 2001.

1 comment:

Mike said...

I love the Old Crow Medicine Show! This other band seems pretty dope, too.

One of the best things about having XM radio via my TV (because of DirecTV) is that they have a pretty good bluegrass station, so I can keep up with my down-south peeps.