North Carolina-based Carolina Chocolate Drops follow up their critically lauded label debut-2010's Grammy Award-winning Genuine Negro Jig. The group returns with a record of original compositions, covers, and traditional songs produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Solomon Burke). 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. The band's sound is rooted in, and very reverent to, the traditional African-American string band sound of generations ago. But the attitude is anything but old-timey, as the band brought in hip-
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The band have mixed it up on their 11th album, bringing in the powerhouse production team of Sam Hollander and Dave "Sluggo" Katz-aka S*A*M* and Sluggo (Katy Perry) and inviting a slew of special guests such as Ron Sexsmith, Spin Doctor's Chris Barron and American Idol's Crystal Bowersox, who contributed both in the songwriting and performing to help take the Blues Traveler trademark sound to a new level.