Posts tagged "Carolina Chocolate Drops"

Rhiannon Giddens is Named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow

Rhiannon Giddens was named earlier this month as one of 24 recipients of 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, also known as a “genius grants,” awarded annually to “individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future.” [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Rhiannon Giddens Earns 2016 Steve Martin Prize

Rhiannon Giddens has been named the recipient of the 2016 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. A North Carolina-based musician and co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Giddens, 39, is the first woman and the first African-American to win the prize in its seven-year history. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

FreshGrass Returns to MASS MoCA, Sept. 19-21

FreshGrass, a family-friendly bluegrass and roots music festival in the Berkshires of northwestern Massachusetts, is slated for Sept. 19-21, 2014. For three days and nights, the indoor galleries and outdoor courtyards and meadows of the Mass MoCA campus in North Adams will be filled with the sounds of banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and voices of traditionalists and trailblazers alike. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]

Entries Sought for 2014 FreshGrass Awards

Up-and-coming bluegrass artists who offer a fresh take on the genre are invited to compete for the 2014 FreshGrass Award, a highlight of the eponymous three-day bluegrass and roots festival held each fall at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
'Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana' Airs on PBS

‘Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana’ Airs on PBS

The burgeoning Americana music scene is the focus of Nashville 2.0, a new hour-long music documentary that airs on PBS television stations across the U.S. on Nov. 22. The special, which may be viewed as a primer of the genre, features performances by a number of well-known roots music artists and emerging artists who are transcending traditional boundaries and putting their own contemporary stamp on long-established genres like country, folk, bluegrass, blues, roots rock, R&B, rockabilly, folk-rock and honky-tonk that have inspired what is broadly known as Americana today. These are interspersed with filmed interviews with some of these artists as well as select music journalists and historians. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]
Dom Flemons to Leave Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dom Flemons to Leave Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dom Flemons, a founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, has announced that he is leaving the Grammy Award-winning African-American string band following a final round of shows with the group in December. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
Old Settler's Music Festival Set for April 18-21

Old Settler’s Music Festival Set for April 18-21

The roots, bluegrass and Americana-oriented Old Settler’s Music Festival returns to the Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion and Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood, Texas, April 18-21. Now in its 26th year, the festival is not as well-known outside the state as some others in the Austin area – and that’s part of its allure. Old Settler’s Music Festival also takes place during what’s usually the height of Texas Hill Country’s bluebonnet and wildflower season. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
Nominees Named for 55th Annual Grammy Awards

Nominees Named for 55th Annual Grammy Awards

Nominees in more than 75 categories have been named for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, to be broadcast live on CBS television stations from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Mumford & Sons was among the top nominees with nods for Album of the Year, Best Americana Album and Best Rock Performance. [To view the full article, including a list of nominees in the Roots Music Field, click on the headline.]
Banjo Symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill, Aug. 25

Banjo Symposium at UNC-Chapel Hill, Aug. 25

“The Banjo: Southern Roots, American Branches” will be explored during s series of free lectures and panel discussions presented by The Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. The symposium, extending from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be followed in the evening with a 7:30 p.m. concert showcasing the banjo at the campus’ Memorial Hall featuring Tony Trischka, Riley Baugus with Kirk Sutphin, and Don Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]
Roots Music Report Folk and Roots Country Radio Charts, 06-29-12

Roots Music Report Folk and Roots Country Radio Charts, 06-29-12

Carolina Chocolate Drops' Leaving Eden --a collection of original compositions, covers and traditional tunes -- tops the Roots Music Report folk radio chart this week, while Texas-based singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo's June release Big Station moves into the #1 position on the roots country chart. [To view the latest Folk and Roots Country Top 50 albums charts, click on the headline.]
Roots Music Report Folk and Roots Country Radio Charts, 06-15-12

Roots Music Report Folk and Roots Country Radio Charts, 06-15-12

Carolina Chocolate Drops' Leaving Eden -- a collection of original compositions, covers and traditional tunes -- returns to the #1 position on the Roots Music Report folk radio chart this week, while Texan Ray Wylie Hubbard's The Grifter's Hymnal continues to top the roots country chart. [To view the latest Folk and Roots Country Top 50 albums charts, click on the headline.]

Roots Music Report Folk and Roots Country Radio Charts, 05-25-12

Carolina Chocolate Drops' third full-length album, Leaving Eden, a collection of original compositions, covers and traditional tunes, moved into the #1 spot on the Roots Music Report folk radio chart last week. Justin Townes Earle's Nothing's Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me Now continues to top the roots country chart. [To view the Folk and Roots Country Top 50 albums charts, click on the headline.]