Carolina Chocolate Drops is one of those bands who I hear about quite often and I find their sound very interesting, but I never get the chance to write about them.
Well here's a story I thought might interest fans of the band.
A note was posted to their Twitter today that gives fans an update of what's going on with the group. Seems the band's getting ready to shake things up with the departure of one band member and the arrival of two new ones.
We have some BIG news to share with you today, so read on!
We're all getting ready to hit the road together in December for a very special US tour. At the end of these dates, Dom Flemons will be embarking on a solo career and two new musicians – cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett – will join Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins in the New Year for a full run of dates!
"Dom and I have been a tremendous team for the last eight years, and I wish him all the best on his new solo endeavor. I know he will be enriching the landscape of American music wherever he goes," Rhiannon says. "Carolina Chocolate Drops lives on, and honors all past members who have added so much over the years; we wouldn't be where we are without each and every one. I'm looking forward to introducing new, talented musicians to the ever-expanding Chocolate Drop family!"
"Though my music is taking me to new places with my upcoming solo projects, I know that the Carolina Chocolate Drops will continue on to do new, amazing things," says Dom. "My past eight years with the band has been a wonderful experience, musically and personally. As my music grows in a new direction, I know I can count my time with them as a building block to where I am now. I am excited to continue on my musical journey exploring the hidden facets of American Music." Dom will kick off 2014 with a tour of Australia, and continue performing across the US throughout the year (full schedule here).
Leyla McCalla will also be departing the band in order to pursue a solo career. We're very excited for what the future holds for Dom, Leyla, and the Chocolate Drops and we hope you'll come along for the ride!
Below are our remaining tour dates for 2013:
12/06 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA Tickets
12/07 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC Tickets
12/08 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC Tickets
12/12 Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN Tickets
12/13 Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN Tickets
12/14 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC Tickets
12/15 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC Tickets
We hope to see you all at the shows! Please stop by the merch table to pick up this exclusive tour poster commemorating these last few shows of 2013!
Sad that one member is leaving, but definitely exciting for the band with the yummiest name in the show biz to be able to continue on with a brand new dynamic.
Here's a little something to get you acquainted with the band's sound. It's a song called Daughter's Lament that appeared on "The Hunger Games" soundtrack last year.