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.”

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