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Dom Flemons - Prospect Hill / The Clarion-Ledger review

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In the mid-2000s the first Black Banjo Gathering was held in North Carolina to celebrate the relatively unheralded African-American roots of the instrument. One major result was the formation of a string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, by three young African-American attendees.

The group took the folk world by storm, headlining major festivals, garnering a Grammy and performing during the Grand Ole Opry. Last year, founding member Dom Flemons went solo and recently recorded the CD Prospect Hill (Music Maker) under the sobriquet "American Songster."

In the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons provided a comic element, playing his banjo behind his head and soloing on offbeat instruments including the jug and the bones. His antics stem from both his personality and his appreciation of minstrelsy and black vaudeville traditions, which are evident on the impressive and strikingly diverse Prospect Hill. READ THE FULL Clarion-Ledger REVIEW.