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New Carolina Chocolate Drops Lineup Plays on PBS Video

Shortly before winning a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, the Carolina Chocolate Drops announced a new lineup and the departure of fiddler Justin Robinson. The Drops added multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and human beatboxer Adam Matta to replace Robinson, who provided much of the group's old-time vibe with his bowing and singing.

Ever since, I'd been wondering how the new makeup of the Carolina Chocolate Drops would sound. Now, I no longer have to guess, as the group was featured on the 30-Minute Music Hour on Wisconsin Public Television.



As you can see from the video, it appears Matta has taken over playing the jug--albeit without the jug--from Dom Flemons, who in the video concentrates on four-string banjo and sings. Rhiannon Giddens handles the fiddle duties and adds her solid vocals. Jenkins plays bones, guitar and mandolin and sings a song.

On the program, the Drops' sound leans more toward early jazz and blues than old-time. And of course, they play their no-routine "Hit 'Em Up Style."

Matta's other beatbox noises blend in well to the band's overall sound, but his singing leaves a bit to be desired. The CCDs continue to perform as tight as ever. However, I'm a bit sad that the group seems to be steering away from old-time.

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