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Dom Flemons, the Grammy-winning founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops will kick off Hancock Shaker Village’s music in the barn series on Friday night. Before he made his trip to the Berkshires, he shared with us his playlist — a varied list of songs that shows just how talented and well versed this American songerster really is.

(See Flemons take the stage in the 1910 Barn Hayloft at 8 p.m. Barn doors open at 7. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 day of show.

What’s your favorite ….

… toe-tapping song?

“Maybellene” by Chuck Berry: I cannot listen to this song enough times! Chuck Berry has always been an inspiration to me and I was sad to hear of his recent passing. “Maybellene” is the first single. This is the song that set the path for rock ‘n’ roll. It also shows a very interesting intersections of musical cultures. Having adapted the song from Bob Wills’ “Ida Red,” “Maybellene” shows its roots in country music as much as it does the blues. I remember the first time I watched the PBS documentary “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and Chuck Berry changed my life! Look up a video of this entertainer strutting his stuff. The documentary “Hail Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll” will reveal a complex figure who changed the world with his highly idiosyncratic music!

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For too long, it was his subjects who were invisible. They are American roots musicians, many of whom were “ignored in their communities for decades,” which prompted Mr. Duffy to step in and help. In 1994, he founded the Music Maker Relief Foundation, which helps them cover basic living expenses as well as promote and develop their careers. By helping them, the foundation has also preserved the work of these musicians, who are the living history of American music’s foundation.  Read more here.