The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Listening to Carolina Chocolate Drops is like taking a step into a time machine back into late 19th Century America. Featuring such instruments as the 5-string banjo, the 4-string banjo, the jug and various forms of bodily percussion, these three musicians show off their sheer ability in the twelve tracks on Genuine Negro Jig. Most of the tracks feature the quick picking/stomping beats and driving harmonies heard in bluegrass, but several others slow down this pace into soulful renditions of traditional African American music that is highlighted by powerful, female lead vocals. They even manage to slip in a cover of the R&B song “Hit ‘Em Up Style”, adding their own flair of course. Overall, Carolina Chocolate Drops is incredibly enjoyable. The band shows that modern artists are fully capable of embracing older styles of music and creating interesting and pleasing works for today’s listeners.