(l to r: Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, Hubby Jenkins) credit: Crackerfarm

The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ new album, Leaving Eden–the follow-up to their 2010 Grammy Award-winning Genuine Negro Jig–will be released on February 28 on Nonesuch Records.  Produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Solomon Burke), the album is a mix of original compositions, covers, and traditional song.

Some background from the press release:

Carolina Chocolate Drops formed after founding members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson met at a roots festival in 2005, and discovered a shared interest in traditional African-American string band music of the Piedmont region. In 2011 multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins joined Flemons and Giddens in the group upon Robinson’s departure. The members share singing duties and swap instruments throughout their sets. (Cellist Leyla McCalla also joins the band on the record and on their upcoming tour.)

Tour dates are as follows

January 26     Music Hall                                                       Portsmouth, NH
January 27     Flynn Center for the Performing Arts       Burlington, VT
January 28     Calvin Theater                                               Northampton, NH
January 29     The Egg                                                           Albany, NY
January 31     Jefferson Theater                                          Charlottesville, VA
February 2     Georgia Theatre                                             Athens, GA
February 3     University of North Carolina                      Chapel Hill, NC
February 7     Butcher Auditorium                                      Madisonville, TN
February 9     Henderson Fine Arts Center                       Henderson, KY
February 17    Monmouth University                                 West Long Branch, NJ
February 18    Library of Congress                                     Washington, DC
February 19    Ruby Diamond Auditorium                       Tallahassee, FL
February 20    Ruby Diamond Auditorium                      Tallahassee, FL
February 23    Clifton Center                                               Louisville, KY
February 24    Buskirk-Chumley Theater                         Bloomington, IN
February 25    Earlham College                                          Richmond, IN
February 26    Stuart’s Opera House                                 Nelsonville, OH
February 28    Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center  York, PA
March 2          Schimmel Center for the Arts                    New York, NY
March 3          Berklee Performance Center                     Boston, MA
March 4          Narrows Center for the Arts                      Fall River, MA
March 7          Infinity Hall                                                  Norfolk, CT
March 8         Strand Theatre                                              Rockland, ME
March 9         Stone Mountain Arts Center                      Brownfield, ME
March 10       Stone Mountain Arts Center                      Brownfield, ME
April 3           Vagabond Blues                                             Palmer, AK
April 4          Wendy Williamson Auditorium                  Anchorage, AK
April 6          UCLA Live                                                       Los Angeles, CA
April 11         Simms Auditorium                                       Albuquerque, NM
April 15        McDowell Mountain Music                        Phoenix, AZ
April 28       New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest            New Orleans, LA
June 17         Palisade Bluegrass & Roots                        Palisade, CO

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