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Carolina Chocolate Drops Jam On

•, By Michael Mechanic
 The Carolina Chocolate Drops were on fire in the wake of their 2010 release, Genuine Negro Jig. Deemed that year's best album by veteran music writer Greil Marcus, it sold briskly, topping the folk and bluegrass music charts. The Chocolate Drops, who found a niche reviving the spirit and music of a nearly forgotten tradition of black American string bands, were critical darlings, praised by the New York Times, performing on NPR's Fresh Air, and making the rounds on BBC Radio. They would walk away with that year's Grammy for best folk album.

Passionate and multitalented, the bandmates didn't exactly come off some back porch in Appalachia. Rhiannon Giddens, a North Carolina native who plays fiddle and banjo, is a classically trained singer who attended conservatory at Oberlin.

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