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Carolina Chocolate Drops 9/21/08

Great live tune with chillingly grave singing and a potent solo.

The singer makes me think of the 60s folk revival. I’m hearing Joan Baez and Odetta in her POV. And that makes me think of how old music acquires layers of meaning as different generations embrace it for their own purposes.

For me it was especially interesting to see the guitarist’s approach to soloing, since this is the same kind of stuff I do with Madame Pamita. I liked his take on it — hot fingerpicking, no single note runs.

The use of yodeling is really interesting, too.

I didn’t like their recorded stuff as much as this live bit.

1 reply on “Carolina Chocolate Drops 9/21/08”

That gal’s got a sweet warble, and the harmonized yodelish chorus was nice. Digging the guitarist’s style, too.

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