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Sweet Revival: Carolina Chocolate Drops Deliver String Band Roots

first_imgFor the Carolina Chocolate Drops there’s a fine line between offering a history lesson and a foot-stomping good time. The Durham, N.C., trio has spent the last five years unearthing the largely unsung traditions of black string band music, and along the way become one of the most dynamic live acts on the continuously exploding youth-charged old-time revival scene. The formula mixes a throwback of past generations—plucking banjos and sawing fiddles—with an underlying progressive edge.“We’re depicted as a very traditional group, but the way that we approach the music is not very strict,” says band member Dom Flemons, who plays guitar, banjo, and a variety of old-fashioned percussion, including jugs and bones. “We add things to bring it forward.”The Carolina Chocolate DropsThe group, which also includes versatile instrumentalists Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, met in 2005 at the Black Banjo Gathering. The event was held at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., by scholars as a one-time symposium and festival to discuss the African roots of the banjo. After realizing a shared love of old-time sounds, the trio was collectively mentored by Joe Thompson, a 91-year-old elder statesman of traditional Carolina Piedmont music, who’s regarded as one of the last original black string band players. With Thompson’s tutoring, the Chocolate Drops soon started bringing pre-Civil War sounds of the rural South to stages across the country.While the group is committed to mining material from the past, they also can’t help but incorporate the influences that come from being in their ‘20s. The band’s latest album, last year’s Genuine Negro Jig, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album, strikes a proper balance between the generation gaps. In addition to longstanding traditional tunes like “Cornbread and Butterbeans” and “Cindy Gal,” the effort also features front porch-style takes on Tom Waits’ “Trampled Rose” and R&B singer Blu Cantrell’s dance club anthem “Hit ‘Em Up Style.” It’s all part of a dual mission to be ambassadors of forgotten sounds and to encourage crowds to get up and move.“We’re presenting a particular form of music, but interpreting it in a way that’s true to our generation,” says Flemons. “All of the history is important, but what’s most important is that the music needs to be hot and swinging. We want people to get up and shake it.” 1 2last_img read more

Liverpool to make Virgil van Dijk the world’s best-paid defender

first_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo “Being able to reinvest over £220m on players during this financial period is a result of a successful business strategy, particularly the significant uplift in commercial revenues. “The cost of football however does continue to rise in transfers and associated fees but what’s critical for us is the consistency of our financial position, enabling us to live within our means and continue to run a sustainable football club.” Liverpool now have the third highest wage bill in the Premier League, and with Van Dijk due to get a new contract in the summer – which could make him the highest paid defender in world football – costs will rise once more. Boss Jurgen Klopp has also signed a new extended contract which will be felt in next year’s financial results, and the club are also making big efforts to sign their brightest stars of the future on long contracts. Teenager Harvey Elliott will sign a three year contract in the summer, after he turns 17, which will keep him at the club until 2023 – but the Reds will also hope to extend that further on his 18th birthday. Another rising star Curtis Jones is also likely to get improved terms, which shows Liverpool’s commitment to the future. Read Also:Liverpool set to financially overtake Man Utd And Hughes added: “These financial results and this sustained period of solid growth is testament to our ownership, Fenway Sport Group, who continue to support the Club’s ambitions and continue to reinvest revenues both in strengthen the playing squad and the Club’s infrastructure to build for the future.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool’s record-breaking success – on and off the pitch – has given them the financial muscle to match the biggest payers in world football. And that will see the financial commitment to keeping stars like Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, who all got huge new pay deals in the last year, extended to the most coveted defender on the globe, Virgil van Dijk. The Anfield club released their year end results up until May 31 2019, and it showed a record level of revenues from TV, commercial and stadium income. But profits before tax were more than halved on the previous year to just £42m, because the club’s board reinvested the huge revenues – with turnover up year on year by £78m to a record level of £533m – in improved player salaries to keep the best players on Merseyside. A club statement said that Liverpool had made a bold statement by investing in player recruitment and retainment at Anfield. “Alisson, Keita, Fabinho and Shaqiri all signed for LFC, “ it read. “The first team squad was further reinforced with 11 players renewing their contracts including the Club captain Jordan Henderson, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.” And chief operating officer Andy Hughes explained that such investment doesn’t come cheap in a market which is dominated by big spenders such as Real Madrid , Barcelona and Manchester United . “The underlying financial sustainability of the Club is enabling us to make significant investments both in player recruitment and infrastructure,” he said. Loading… last_img read more