Dom Flemons calls himself “The American Songster,” and being that the term first came about in the late 19th century to describe a traveling musician who works in a wide variety of genres, it’s a fitting description of the Washington D.C.-based musician.
Flemons spends a great deal of time on the road performing old-time music from various traditions — everything from old Piedmont blues to country-western. He is also a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills and rhythm bones.
We should also add musical historian to the list. As a co-founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as a solo artist, Flemons has delved into the history of the African-American contribution to American roots music. His most recent solo project, “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys,” is an extensive exploration of the cultural and musical contributions of black cowboys in the American West.
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