American Blues Scene: World Premiere: Dom Flemons’ “Steel Pony Blues”

Dom Flemons has always been one to answer the call of his spirit. Throughout his odyssey of self-realization, he crosses bridges as he encounters them, and always remains true to the journey his soul prods him to continue.

The Grammy Award winner and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops is often referred to as “The American Songster” as his body of work spans almost a century of African American music including songs and so much more. Flemons is also highly regarded as a scholar, collector and historian. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays guitar, banjo, harmonica, and fife with equal verve and expertise.

Flemons’ newest work is Black Cowboys, an album of reimagined traditional songs alongside original compositions out TODAY on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. These 18 tracks allow listeners to experience a fascinating aural terrain laid out before them that includes everything from string blues to square dance tunes, and even “cowboy poetry.”

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