Stringband, jugband, fiddle-and-banjo and other old-timey styles of the East and South brought Dom Flemons to international attention with the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
As multi-instrumentalist and singer Flemons navigated the folk music scene in a post-Chocolate Drops world, his curiosity and creativity led him back to his native West.
Flemons, born and bred in Phoenix, Arizona, is putting the finishing touches on an album of black cowboy songs. The recording is done. He has finished the liner notes and looks to an early 2018 release date.
Expect to hear at least five numbers from that collection when Flemons plays Floyd Country Store on Thursday. They will be part of a set list including music from his previous records “Prospect Hill” and “What Got Over,” he said. Upright bassist and fiddler Brian Farrow will round out the act.
“When we’re playing live, we cover the whole spectrum,” Flemons said in a phone call last week. “It’s been one of the greatest things, to be able to have a repertoire so that I have a little bit of something for everybody.”
It’s a spectrum that includes such efforts as “Cindy Gal,” a number he and the Chocolate Drops — Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson rounded out the original lineup — learned from Joe Thompson, the late North Carolina fiddler around whom the band had formed. Read more here.