‘Black Cowboys’ the latest historical, musical project of American songster Dom Flemons

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The first time Dom Flemons was able to shake the hand of a performer he paid money to see, he was 18 years old.


Folk icon Dave Van Ronk, an important figure in the folk revival movement that sprang out of New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s, would die six months later, but for the young man who would become a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops as well as a celebrated roots artist in his own right, it was a defining moment, he told The Daily Times this week.


“I had the great opportunity to be able to go backstage and shake his hand and meet him just for a moment before he got to go on and perform,” said Flemons, who returns to The Station in Blount County’s Miser Station community on Friday night. “I told him I was interested in doing music, and he told me, ‘Great, keep going with it.’ That was the last time he ever played in Arizona (where Flemons grew up), and for me, that ended up being a very life-changing experience.

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