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Although he lives in Brooklyn and started old-timey string band Carolina Chocolate Drops with fellow musician Rhiannon Giddens, in North Carolina, Dom Flemons grew up in Phoenix, where he learned the basics of folk music and collected records. True story. "I was exposed to [bluegrass] through the local folk community that was around Encanto Park at the time," Flemons told New Times in 2012. Trips to the Glendale Folk Festival, Prescott Folk Festival, and Flagstaff Folk Festival also helped shape his perception of folk music as well. "I got to go and meet with a lot of the people that were around there and that's where I learned about folk music and bluegrass, on top of the record-collecting I do." Flemons picked up records at spots around Phoenix, citing Tracks in Wax, Zia Records on Indian School, and Revolver Records as favorite spots to stock up on platters. He didn't discover any black string bands in Arizona's past, but found plenty of music that shaped his personal approach in the Carolina Chocolate Drops. This week, Flemons returns to his old stomping grounds for a special solo show at the Musical Instrument Museum. 

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