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Fresh Chocolate

There's plenty of interest in American roots music these days, and Carolina Chocolate Drops are the scene's wildly popular black sheep. One of only a handful of African-American groups reviving old-time string-band songs, the Chocolate Drops stomp and jive and…
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Music, Hear This Carolina Chocolate Drops: Show Preview

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Show Preview

There's plenty of interest in American roots music these days, and Carolina Chocolate Drops are the scene's wildly popular black sheep. One of only a handful of African-American groups reviving old-time string-band songs, the Chocolate Drops stomp and jive and…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1: This Is About Coming Together

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1: This Is About Coming Together

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Day 1Oct. 2, 2010 @ Golden Gate ParkBetter than: chasing a fox out the hen house.  San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
festival sings America. The annual outdoor concert is about coming together:
scores of rootsy musicians, a half-million or more…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You could pick any number of themes to select the acts you want to see -- old punk pioneers, roots music up-and-comers, etc.-- and follow one…
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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010: A Sneak Peek at This Year's Lineup

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2010: A Sneak Peek at This Year's Lineup

The lineup for this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival -- the free, three-day mega-bash that brings great artists of all sorts to Golden Gate Park -- hasn't yet been announced. Rumors have been swooshing through the tubes about this year's…
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Music, All Shook Down Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Fillmore

Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Fillmore

Carolina Chocolate Drops June 24, 2010 The Fillmore Better than: an old scratchy vinyl LP Among the dozens of hot bands currently mining the pleasures of old-time music -- from bluegrass revivalists Old Crow Medicine Show to folk-blues partymakers The…
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Music, All Shook Down Thursday's Pick: Josh Ritter, Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Fillmore

Thursday's Pick: Josh Ritter, Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Fillmore

​Josh Ritter & the Royal City BandCarolina Chocolate DropsThe Fillmore9 p.m., $25 Most people can't help but associate the banjo with "Dueling Banjos" from the backwoods nightmare film Deliverance. But the Durham, NC-based old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops trace…
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Music, Hear This Show preview: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Show preview: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Most people can't help but associate the banjo with "Dueling Banjos" from the backwoods nightmare film Deliverance. But the Durham, N.C.–based old-time string band Carolina Chocolate Drops trace the instrument's history from Gambia to the 1830s, when whites in America…
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