Since co-founding the Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2005, Dom Flemons has conducting a scholarly exploration of American roots music’s many nooks and crannies, earning himself the nickname “the American Songster.” In 2014, he doubled down on that reputation with his seminal album Prospect Hill. Now that LP is being repackaged and reissued in a deluxe edition called Prospect Hill: The American Songster Omnibus, due out February 28th via Omnivore Recordings.
The new package spans two discs and includes the original 14 tracks of Prospect Hill on one disc, and then a second disc of rare and unreleased material. Flemons’ nine-track 2015 Record Store Day EP What Got Over occupies the first half of Disc 2, and a selection of previously unreleased cuts called The Drum Major Instinct focusing on rhythm and beats fills out the rest. Along with the announcement, Flemons re-released the song “Too Long (I’ve Been Gone),” a gentle acoustic lament from the perspective of a road-weary musician.