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Welcome to my New Website

Hello Folks!!!

Welcome to my brand new website, TheAmericanSongster.com!

I now have an official website that will bring together all of my various ventures in the world of traditional music.  This includes articles, videos, discographies and other pieces of my adventures around the United States and the World!

As this is a brand new website, please look around at all of the special features that my team has put together for fans of my music and also good music.  You can also find information about my shows and appearances.

If you have checked in with my social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter you know that I post various videos and articles about music that I think would be of interest to fans of my music.

Make sure to come by and visit often as there will be a lot more coming from the team here at The American Songster!

Here’s to the Year of the Folksinger!  It still moves on forward!  We’ll catch you all down the road!

Back on the Road with Old Crow Medicine Show

Hello Folks!

This month I’m going to be getting back on the road with my good friends, Old Crow Medicine Show!

It is such a pleasure to be able to share the stage with these gentlemen!

Just to recap for folks who don’t know my connection with this Grammy-Award Winning Band:

In 2004, I was living in Phoenix, Arizona, my hometown.  I picked up a copy of Old Crow’s album, “O.C.M.S.” and my mind was blown.  I had been performing folk songs for several years by that point but I heard Old Crow and knew that this was a band that was destined for greatness.  Years later, I met Willie Watson at a festival gig when I was playing with the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  Willie introduced me the rest of the band and I have been friends with them all since.  It brings me so much joy to be able to not only play music with musicians I truly respect but to be able to call these musicians my friends as well.  This will be a dozen shows with them at this point.

I will be featuring the Trio at these shows.  Brian Farrow will be on the bass and fiddle while Dante Pope will be playing drums and rhythm bones!

The Trio was featured last year in their music video “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” from their Grammy-winning 2014 album, Remedy.

We’ll be playing on these dates:

August 11: GIlloz Theater- Springfield, MO

August 12: The Rococo Theatre- Lincoln, Nebraska

August 22: Salt Lake City, UT

American Routes: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Legacy Show

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“This week, we talk to the founding members of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate DropsJustin RobinsonRhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons started playing music together under the tutelage of legendary black old-time fiddler, Joe Thompson in his backyard shed. The Chocolate Drops came together to carry on the old time and country traditions from the Piedmont region in the Carolinas, but they wanted to do more than just play.”

Read more here.

 

Kinfolk Interview: Dom Flemons on race and roots music in America

“For Dom Flemons, 2014 was the Year of the Folksinger. So was 2015 and now 2016. You see, Dom believes that every year we must work to refresh and renew the well of American folk song. As a founding member of the wildly popular Carolina Chocolate Drops and now running a successful solo career, Dom knows the ins and outs of American roots music better than just about anyone. He listens to American roots music, studies it, writes about it, interviews elders, and is constantly searching to understand these traditions. It was with great pleasure that I got a chance to sit down with him at the Folk Alliance International Conference to talk about his views on folk music, race in America, and just what is it with those Mumford and Sons? Big thanks to Dom for being so open to this conversation and for radically rebooting what I knew about folk music.”

Read more here.

Dom Flemons on the WDVX Blue Plate Special

“After his show at the Bijou Theater as part of the Knoxville Stomp Festival of Lost Music, Dom Flemons returned to the Blue Plate stage and treated the full house to roots music that is very much part of the American songbook. As co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and continuing in his solo career, Dom has focused on creating music that is rooted in history. But, by taking a contemporary approach, he hopes to reexamine what traditional music can become.”

Read more here.