Dom Flemons – founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and American Songster – will release his third solo album 'Prospect Hill' on July 22 on Music Maker Relief Foundation. 'Prospect Hill' finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting the music to suite 21st century audiences.
Following a series of tour dates with a new generation of American roots musicians like Pokey LaFarge, Flemons will perform April 18
as part of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at the Bell House. He performed
and spoke on WNYC Soundcheck in March to talk about his Oxford American
essay on Gus Cannon.
Flemons has mastered a variety of instruments such as banjo, guitar,
harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills. After a stint
in New York City, Flemons has returned to his musical home of North
Solo and with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons has played live for
over one million people within the past three years. As part of the
Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and
Justin Robinson in 2005, he has played at a variety of festivals Newport
Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and the Grand Ole Opry.
Of his set at Sydney Festival, The Daily Telegraph (Australia) said this year, "Dom Flemons knocks 'em dead… a showstopper."
The New York Times called the Carolina Chocolate Drops "an end-to-end
display of excellence," continuing, "They dip into styles of southern
black music from the 1920s and ’30s—string- band music, jug-band music,
fife and drum, early jazz—and beam their curiosity outward. They make
short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things
that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting."
Rolling Stone observed, "The Carolina Chocolate Drops are...revisiting,
with a joyful vengeance, black string-band and jug-band music of the
Twenties and Thirties—the dirt-floor dance electricity of the
Mississippi Sheiks and Cannon’s Jug Stompers."
The Guardian said, "An appealing grab-bag of antique country, blues, jug
band hits and gospel hollers, all given an agreeably downhome
production. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are still the most electrifying
acoustic act around."
'Dom Flemons, American Songster, Presents: Prospect Hill' Track List
1. Til' the Seas Run Dry
2. Polly Put the Kettle On
3. But They Got it Fixed Right On
4. Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
5. Georgia Drumbeat
6. I Can't Do it Anymore
7. Sonoran Church Two-Step
8. Too Long I've Been Gone
9. Marching Up to Prospect Hill
10. It's a Good Thing
11. Grotto Beat
12. Hot Chicken
13. San Francisco Baby
14. My Money Never Runs Out