Having heard all of the twelve tracks on the album live in 2016 when Simpson & Flemons visited Cardiff, I was delighted to be able to relive the night of live music once again. In fact, can re-live the experience as often as I like. The only things that are missing the presence of two great musicians and the interesting anecdotes and facts between the numbers giving context and a deeper understanding of the deep roots of the acoustic music being played. All twelve tracks have a purpose and in addition to the new arrangements and musicianship we have the blending, and mixing of British traditional music and blues in many guises and the common heritage of themes, lyrics and melodies the two traditions share.

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Sound Tracker – USA Road Trip Double Episode

Part Two: The magical greyhound runs through deep south and wild borderlands of Mexico and U.S. as Sami Yaffa bites hard into the bones and marrow of the American roots music.

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Featuring R.L. Boyce, Pastor John Wilkins (Hunter’s chapel), Travis Hullette (Blues torchbearer), Waseka (Choctaw tradition torchbearer), Cochese Anderson (Actor, musician), Cheetah Chrome(Punk legend), Billy Block (Radio-DJ, drummer), Page Logan (North 40), Heather Looney (North 40), Kirstie Lovelady (Singer-songwriter), George Hamilton IV (Envoy of country music), Dom Flemons(Singer-songwriter)

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An intimate lunchtime performance with this witty entertainer, American Songster and multi-instrumentalist.

The “American Songster” made his first appearance at SMF with the Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2008. He has spent recent years traveling the world performing music informed by pre-WWII styles including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals and other southern folk music idioms. In his live one-man show, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills, in addition to singing. Creating music that is rooted in history but takes a contemporary approach, Flemons strives to re-examine what traditional music can become.


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Showtime: Tuesday, March 28th at 12:30 at Charles H. Morris Center.



We knew it was a big deal, back in May, when the German reissue label Bear Family released the four-CD box set Knox County Stomp: The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930. The exhaustive set collects more than 100 tracks recorded at the St. James Hotel and other locations in downtown Knoxville during the tail end of the first great era of commercial sound recording.

The sessions, for the Vocalion and Brunswick labels, were notable for the variety of music they produced, from hillbilly and blues to jazz and even a dramatic account of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. But the records disappeared almost as soon as they were released—the onset of the Great Depression led to a collapse of the music business. The sessions remained something of a mystery in Knoxville until the box set was released; Knox County Stompfeatures a detailed hardbound book with recording details, photos, profiles of the artists, and a lengthy history of Knoxville’s music scene at the time.

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On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, a collection of new recordings of classic mountain music produced by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, has been named the Best Tribute Album at the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards.

The album features versions of folk songs and tunes collected by Joseph Hall during the 1930s, and reinterpreted by the likes of Dolly Parton, Norman Blake, Bryan Sutton, Alice Gerrard, Tony Trischka, Stephen Wade, Sheila Kay Adams, Martin Simpson, Dom Flemons, Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Courtney Hartman, and David Holt.  Read more here.

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Though the Blues has had an enormous impact on American music, many of the form’s most influential artists have struggled behind the scenes. In 1994, Tim and Denise Duffy started the Music Makers Relief Foundation to provide financial support to Southern working class musicians, ensuring that their legacies and music will be preserved. Limited by age and abject poverty, many of these artists have almost given up hope when instead they should be celebrated and recorded into history.

Just like the Music Makers have brought back musicways embedded in American roots, Zingerman’s Roadhouse has strived to connect with foodways that are steeped in American culture. Chef Alex Young has collaborated with our special guest, Music Makers member Dom Flemons from The Carolina Chocolate Drops, to create a dinner that reflects the music of the very artists the foundation has helped promote. Come by and taste the BBQ that Drink Small praises in his song, “Living in a BBQ World”, and the buttery biscuits that Algia Mae Hinton sings about in “Biscuits for your Outside Man”. The Music Makers Relief Dinner on Tuesday, January 17th, will be an opportunity to enjoy great food, hear soulful music, and to help protect expressive talent by purchasing tickets to a truly remarkable event.  Read more here.


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Multi-instrumentalist folk music enthusiasts Martin Simpson, an English singer and songwriter, and Dom Flemons, co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, were commission in 2014 by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) to explore the musical exchange between their respective folk song traditions. The duo combed the Cecil Sharp House archives, where they discovered many of the traditional songs they chose to revive. The result of their collaboration is Ever Popular Favourites, a collection of English and American folk music recorded live during the duo’s 2015 tour.  Read more here.