Carolina Chocolate Drops (and assorted blues from Cootie Stark, Etta Baker, Adolphus Bell and Freddie King)


In my never ending quest for new music that fits the Songs:Illinois bill I came across the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. The name itself was enough for me to want to poke around and learn more. The fact that The Music Maker Relief Foundation is involved solidified things for me. Music Maker is a not for profit organization that helps blues musicians deal with some of their everyday problems and strife; be it health insurance, paying the bills, etc.

Carolina Chocolate Drops are a bridge back in time to the African-American Piedmont stringband groups. Their style of stringband traditionally puts more emphasis on the banjo than the fiddle. It’s said that it’s the banjo that drives the song forward. Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind is the new record that initially may have been self-released, but has now been re-released with a little better packaging and more distribution muscle by Music Maker.

Starry CrownRicketts HornpipeShort Life Of Trouble [Download]

Bonus back catalog blues courtesy of Music Maker

Cat Squall Blues – Freddie KingThe Things that I Used To Do – Adolphus BellLiquor Still – Cora Mae BryantDrinkin The Wine – Drink Small And Cootie StarkPiece Behind The Bridge – Etta BakerMy Wife Left Me [Download]
– Lee Gates

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3 Responses to “Carolina Chocolate Drops (and assorted blues from Cootie Stark, Etta Baker, Adolphus Bell and Freddie King)”

  1. Happy In Bag says:

    Fantastic!

  2. Anonymous says:

    great music – all of it! Thanks so much.

  3. Hi-Fi Heart says:

    holy cow, i already love this band and i just discovered them tonight! thank you for the mp3s.