In theory, it sounds about as much fun as a root canal. In practice, at least in the hands of Carolina Chocolate Drops, it’s easily as good as getting laid while drinking a milkshake and laying down a royal flush.
No, really. That good. They’re that good. And that was last year.
Now, with new members in the line-up, go ahead and toss a cherry and a shot of Scotch into that milkshake.
Acoustic roots music just doesn’t get much more funky, fun or fine than it did at The Egg in Albany on Sunday night, when black string band revivalists the Carolina Chocolate Drops shared the bill with Guy Davis.
The multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist members of the Choc Drops captivated a sold-out crowd at MASS MoCA in North Adams just a few months ago, but their long overdue Albany debut was even better – due in part to the intimacy of the Swyer Theatre and in part to the pairing with acoustic bluesman Guy Davis, a perfect match.
There’s a bountiful supply of old-timey Americana roots music on Nippertown’s fall calendar. The Wiyos host their Gamville variety show at Club Helsinki Hudson at 9pm tonight and then return to The Linda for a show of their own on Saturday, October 16. The Egg in Albany plays host to John Lennon’s old skiffle band mates the Quarrymen on Wednesday, October 6, as well as the duo of Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur (of the famed and oh-so-influential ’60s group Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band) on Thursday, November 11.
And at 7:30pm on Sunday, The Egg is the place to be once again as the Carolina Chocolate Drops make their long-overdue Albany debut. The three multi-talented musicians – Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson – play loose-as-a-goose vintage foot-stomping tunes, primarily traditional black string band music from the hills of North Carolina.
They trade instruments around – banjo, fiddle, jug, resonator guitar – and once in a while they spice things up with kazoo, snare drum or autoharp.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops drop into The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Sunday. Renowned acoustic country bluesman Guy Davis opens the show. Tix are $24.
Back in May, the Chocolate Drops wowed a sold-out crowd at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, so get your tix pronto.
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