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Dom Flemonsis set to play Wichita's 'Cotillion Ballroom' / KMUW

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Dom Flemons opens for Old Crow Medicine Show at The Cotillion Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 25. Founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and American Songster, Flemons grew up in Arizona and almost from the start was fascinated by folk music. And, very often, the music he loved best wasn't widely available and so, in those pre-Internet days, Flemons would have to seek out the music armed only with a phone book and a library card. "You would hear about a recording and then you would have to try to find where someone had that recording, so you'd have to hit up all the record shops and ask if they had it," Flemons says. "The library was always important for me. In Phoenix, Arizona, where I'm originally from, the library happened to be a big library. They had just put some extra funding into it to make it a huge library. So they had a big amount of CDs when I was growing up." Flemons educated himself on the music of the past by watching documentaries on public television. Each documentary led to a search for more music.

Flemons - released his third solo album 'Prospect Hill' on Music Maker Relief Foundation. An album that digs deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reintrepreting the music to suite 21st century audiences.