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12/04/2019 - Durham Fruit Company / Durham, NC
12/26/2019 - Musical Instrument Museum / Phoenix, AZ
01/16/2020 - Symphony Space / New York, NY
01/17/2020 - Caffe Lena / Saratoga Springs, NY
01/30/2020 - National Cowboy Poetry Gathering / Elko, NV
01/31/2020 - National Cowboy Poetry Gathering / Elko, NV
02/01/2020 - National Cowboy Poetry Gathering / Elko, NV
02/14/2020 - Detroit Institute of Arts / Detroit, MI
02/21/2020 - Barns of Rose Hill / Berryville, VA
03/06/2020 - Heyde Center For the Arts / Chippewa Falls, WI
03/20/2020 - The ArtsCenter / Carrboro, NC
04/03/2020 - Common Ground on the Hill / Baltimore, MD
04/24/2020 - Trinity Presbyterian Church / Hendersonville, NC
05/02/2020 - The Radical Baggage of the Banjo / Chestertown, MD
1 Til the Seas Run Dry
2 Polly Put the Kettle On
3 But They Got it Fixed Tight On
4 Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
5 Georgia Drumbeat
6 I Can't Do it Anymore
7 Sonoran Church Two-Step
8 Too Long I've Been Gone
9 Marching Up to Prospect Hill
10 It's a Good Thing
11 Grotto Beat
12 Hot Chicken
13 San Francisco Baby
14 My Money Never Runs Out
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Dom Flemons - founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and American Songster - will release his third solo album'Prospect Hill' on July 22 on Music Maker Relief Foundation. 'Prospect Hill' finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reintrepreting the music to suite 21st century audiences.
RiverRun FilmFestival present 'The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story' / Greensboro News & Record
For a third year, the Winston-Salem-based RiverRun International Film Festival will present some festival films in Greensboro. The festival will show eight films at Red Cinemas, 1305 Battleground Ave., from April 8 to April 11. The expansion into Greensboro allows more Triad film fans to experience what the festival has to offer, organizers said. Among those films will be "Don't Get Trouble in Your M...
The American Songster set for Hawks & Reed PAC / Greenfield Recorder
Dom Flemons, known as "The American Songster," is performing at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Saturday, Sept. 1. Flemons repertoire covers nearly 100 years of American music and folklore. He is a professional touring musician, traveling the world presenting traditional folk and roots music to diverse audiences. Flemons is a co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, winner of ...
Dom Flemons 'Black Cowboys' sheds light on prominent but often overlooked pioneers / NPR: Here & Now
"Black Cowboys" is the new album from multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Dom Flemons, a co-founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. But it's more than a collection of songs from the Wild West - the record sheds light on the prominent but often-overlooked role African-American pioneers played in westward expansion. Here & Now's Eric Westervelt talks with Flem...
Dom Flemons 'Going Down The Road' is folk radio: Song Of The Day
In the extensive and incredibly informative 40-page booklet that accompanies Dom Flemons latest album ‘Black Cowboys' (Smithsonian Folkways), on which he pays tribute to the music, culture, and the complex history of the golden era of the Wild West. Musicians Brian Farrow and Dante Pope join Flemons in re-creations of images of iconic black cowboys accompanying two tracks including "...
Dom Flemons set for BRCC's 'Keeping the Fires Burning' series / BlueRidgeNow.com
The Center for Cultural Preservation is starting the year with a bang as it presents lauded Grammy Award-winning musician Dom Flemons in concert on Jan. 25. "An Evening with Dom Flemons" is part of the nonprofit's "Keeping the Fires Burning" series. The show will take place at the Thomas Auditorium on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College. Flemons, who's dedicated his career to innovating on traditi...
Dom Flemons 'American Songster Radio' - Episode 17 now on WUNC
When Dom Flemons set out to make his 2014 release Prospect Hill, he knew he wanted it to be an eclectic record. For variety, he assembled two different bands, each one a fantasy line up of top players. The first sessions coincided with a rare North Carolina snowstorm. Dom took shelter in a Durham studio with Ben Hunter, Joe Seamons, Guy Davis, and engineer Jason Richmond. "Ben and Joe are a musical duo w...
Dom Flemons plays Miller Center and boy, was it good / Reading Eagle
I had never heard of the artist Dom Flemons until I got my hands on the tickets. I then researched him and learned that he's a world-renowned, Grammy Award-winning slam poet, as well as one of the founders of Grammy Award-winning folk band the Carolina Chocolate Drops ("Ey, that's pretty good"). I'm not saying that I don't like this style of music - a mix of blues, ragtime and folk - but ...
Dom Flemons set for 13th annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention / Go Blue Ridge
The 13th annual Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention is this weekend in Lenoir NC. Devoted to the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage and resources of the Happy Valley/Yadkin Valley, the annual music festival highlights traditional old-time and bluegrass music and rural traditions. The family-friendly event features musicians from all over the United States. The music begins Friday evening Se...
The Berkshire Eagle asks Dom Flemons, 'What's your favorite song?'
Dom Flemons is a Grammy-award winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons mixes traditional music forms with a contemporary approach. In his album Prospect Hill (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music. Fle...
Dom Flemons returns to Floyd Country Store / Roanoke Times
Stringband, jugband, fiddle-and-banjo and player and Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons returns to Virginia's Floyd Country Store tomorrow, Thurs. March 30. As multi-instrumentalist and singer Flemons navigated the folk music scene in a post-Chocolate Drops world, his curiosity and creativity led him back to his native West. Flemons, born and bred in Phoenix, Arizona, is putting th...
Dom Flemons on CMT's new 'Sun Records' series / 91.5NCRadio
Dom Flemons, the host of WUNC's American Songster Radio Podcast, has a role in the new CMT TV series Sun Records, which premieres tonight (Thursday 2/23) at 10 PM on CMT. Flemons plays the role of Joe Hill Louis. Also known as the Bebop Boy, Louis was one of a handful of one-man blues bands to record commercially in the 1950s. Louis worked for a time as a session musician at the legendary...
The Banjo...a musical conversation with Laurent Dubois and Dom Flemons / Vanderbilt University News
Laurent Dubois, author of The Banjo: America's African Instrument, and Grammy-winning musician - Dom Flemons, who is known as "the American Songster," will come together for a public discussion on Jan. 26 in Vanderbilt University's Alumni Hall, Room 206. Dubois, the Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke University, is a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic w...
Dom Flemons set for Musical Instrument Museum / Phoenix New Times
Although he lives in Brooklyn and started old-timey string band Carolina Chocolate Drops with fellow musician Rhiannon Giddens, in North Carolina, Dom Flemons grew up in Phoenix, where he learned the basics of folk music and collected records. True story. "I was exposed to [bluegrass] through the local folk community that was around Encanto Park at the time," Flemons told New Times in 2012. Trips to the ...
Dom Flemons plays 'Freedom Sounds' on the National Mall / Smithsonian.com
The celebrations have begun and the music is underway. To celebrate this weekend's grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is treating visitors to a spectacular musical festival on the Washington Monument grounds. Grammy-award winning musicians 9th Wonder and Dom Flemons have already taken the stage. We...
Dom Flemons plays final WUNC: 'Back Porch' lawn show / News & Observer
You could call Dom Flemons living history, except he's always been a lot less stuffy and more fun than a description like that implies. With his old group Carolina Chocolate Drops and in his solo incarnation as the self-proclaimed "American Songster," Flemons brings a couple of centuries worth of musical knowledge to his stage show, which melds originals and vintage covers from a staggeringly wide array ...
Dom Flemonsis set to play Wichita's 'Cotillion Ballroom' / KMUW
Dom Flemons opens for Old Crow Medicine Show at The Cotillion Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 25. Founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and American Songster, Flemons grew up in Arizona and almost from the start was fascinated by folk music. And, very often, the music he loved best wasn't widely available and so, in those pre-Internet days, Flemons would have to seek out the ...
Dom Flemons joins Dolly Parton & others to celebrate the 'Great Smoky Mountains' National Park / Knoxville News Sentinel
When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated by president Franklin D. Roosevelt on Sept. 2, 1940, it was done so by the sacrifice of 700 families, 4,200 individuals, giving up the rights to land where they and their ancestors had lived. Prior to the park's formation, folk song researcher Joseph S. Hall had traveled through the Smoky Mountains documenting the traditional songs of the peo...
Dom Flemons & Taj Mahal converse about their mutual love of the banjo / WUNC: American Songster Radio
In episode 3 of the podcast series American Songster Radio on WUNC Radio, host Dom Flemons calls on blues legend Taj Mahal for a conversation about their mutual love of the banjo and its complicated history. "All the pictures and caricatures of those black-faced minstrels really seemed to be degrading. But the instrument itself - there was something about it. It would rattle in my bones," Taj Mahal says ...
Welcome to WUNC - American Songster Radio with Dom Flemons
Welcome to WUNC: Chapel Hill NC's new podcast called American Songster Radio. Every month host Dom Flemons, a.k.a. The American Songster, will present a new take on traditional music. Dom, a co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, will be inviting a variety of guests to join him in a journey of discovery through the worlds of traditional folk song. In this first episode, the ...
Syracuse New Times 'Fresh Music Friday' features: Dom Flemons
GRAMMY-winner Dom Flemons pulls from traditions of old-time folk music to create fresh, new sounds. Part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, Flemons involvement with music began by playing percussion in his high school band. Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills, in addition to singing. Flemon...
Dom Flemons plays - Charmin' Betsy at Pickathon's Pumphouse
Once a month we present an episode of the Pickathon Pumphouse Series, filmed in the tiny Pumphouse studio on the grounds of the Pickathon music festival in Happy Valley, Oregon, by Live & Breathing. The Pickathon 2016 (August 5 to 7) final schedule has been announced. You can buy tickets here. Today's episode brings a performance from Dom Flemons, a purveyor of old-timey (pre-WWII) folk music roo...
Dom Flemons set to play 'Southgate House Revival' / Cincinnati CityBeat
Dom Flemons plays Southgate House Revival this Sunday with Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle. Flemons feeds off of many different styles of Roots music and digs deep into the Great American Songbook, but he often explores the more ethnic and obscure sides of the traditions. Flemons' first steps to becoming widely known in Americana circles came in 2005 when he met Justin Robinson and the now-a...
Dom Flemons honors Knoxville Stomp / Knoxville News Sentinel
Dom Flemons and his friends were so inspired by vintage Knoxville band The Tennessee Chocolate Drops that they named their own band The Carolina Chocolate Drops in the band's honor. On Friday, May 6, Flemons will be part of the Knoxville Stomp, a four-day event celebrating recordings made at the long-demolished St. James Hotel in 1929 and '30, including songs recorded by the Tennessee Chocolate D...
Dom Flemons Investigates the Mysteries of the Banjo at Duke University Libraries / DUKE Today
While the banjo is seen in a multitude of musical genres today, the instrument's history has the deepest roots in African culture during the enslavement times of the 17th century, in which it served as a tool to bring about solidarity and community, panelists discussed during a Faculty Bookwatch Tuesday evening. Moderated by Franklin Humanities Institute Director Deborah Jenson and co-sponsored...
Beyond old-time: Dom Flemons stakes out broad claim on Americana / Triad City Beat
As a 33-year-old black man playing the banjo, Dom Flemons almost throws it in your face how uncool he is. The wide-brimmed hat, the round spectacles, the scruffy beard, the flannel shirt, the suspenders, even the way he leans into the old-time radio microphone at the end of a song and says, "Thank you very much everybody," with a slight, nervous laugh, they all peg Dom Flemons to an earlier...
A chat with Americanafest artist - Dom Flemons / examiner.com
Dom Flemons is a name that might not be familiar to many casual Americana fans, but it's a fair bet that his look, his voice, and his sound very likely are. With his signature braces, pork pie hat, and oversized banjo, Flemons was the most visually distinctive of the three founding members of Grammy winning black string band revivalists Carolina Chocolate Drops. But when Flemons left the band in 2013...
Dom Flemons plays PS21's performance tent in Chatham NY / Northeast PR
Rogovoy Report for July 10, 2015 Transcript - At PS21's performance tent in Chatham, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning black folk ensemble Carolina Chocolate Drops, will perform old-time string band music with his trio on Saturday at 8pm. Flemons will be joined by Brian Farrow on bass and fiddlem and Mike Johnson on drums. Dom Flemons is widel...
The Music Maker Relief Foundation - Preserving the Soul of American Music / HuffPost
Public folklorists like Stephen D. Winick, the author of this article often advocate for traditional arts, and for individual traditional artists. They try to increase funding, support, and participation in the art forms we work with, and they recommend artists for gigs, awards, grants, and other recognition. Advocates have great respect for the folks in those trenches, battling the forces of indifferenc...
Dom Flemons hosts 'Lead Belly at 125' Kennedy Center Tribute / Washington Post
Lead Belly is one of the mainstays of American folk music. A master storyteller through song, he (Huddie William Ledbetter) blended the sound of traditional folk with blues, work songs, and spirituals to create a body of music that ranks with the catalogues of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, America's other folk music stalwarts. This special one-night-only Kennedy Center concert in...
Dom Flemons plays PA's Sellersville Theater / Elmore Magazine review
Does Dom Flemons have any limits on his talent? Not that I can tell. For his show at the Sellersville Theater in Pennsylvania, Flemons brought his fantastic array of skills to the stage in a way that was so comfortable and effortless, he made it seem easy. Throughout the night, Flemons showed off his remarkable range of vocal skills by highlighting the different types of music he has played through t...
Dom Flemons set for University of Tennessee lecture & show
Dom Flemons will give a lecture and perform during an event co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee on Thursday, March 12, and will present the 2015 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture at the Bijou Theatre downtown at 7:00 p.m. He also will perform some of his signature old-time music. The event, a joint effort of the Library Society of the University of Tennessee and the Friends of the Knox Count...
Dom Flemons kicks off January Jams at Abingdon's Barter Theatre
About a year or so ago Dom Flemons declared 2014 as the year of the folk singer. The former Carolina Chocolate Drop's proclamation doubled as a heralding of his latest album, last year's "Prospect Hill." Like an honest man's backbone, the album stands as stout as a skyscraper. Now into 2015 and this way rolls Flemons. With music apt to expound forth from his fingertips, Flemons' trio will open th...
Dom Flemons plays 'First Night Boston' on NYE@Berklee College of Music. 91.9. WUMB bcast
First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and WUMB-FM 91.9 present guitarist, singer-songwriter, and Berklee alumna Patty Larkin, and roots multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons, performing at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival, and will be broadcast live on WUMB-FM, and webc...
31 Days of Music: Day 5 - Dom Flemons / Examiner.com
The 31 Days of Music edges closer towards the new year with day number five and a talented musician Dom Flemons. His latest solo outing Prospect Hill brings classic Southern sounds to the forefront of a modern world. Dom Flemons is one damn talented musician and his solo record Prospect Hill will back up that statement 100%. Out on his own now doing the solo thing, the ex-Chocolate Drop is giving the...
Dom Flemons - Prospect Hill / Mountain Xpress Interview
Leading up to LEAF festival, Mountain Xpress is talking to a number of artists from across the country and across musical genres. Folk musician Dom Flemons describes himself as an American songster. A founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, he's since gone on to pursue a solo career and recently released his album Prospect Hill. READ THE FULL Mountain Xpress Interview...
Dom Flemons releases video from new Prospect Hill album / Twangville
Dom Flemons releases a new performance video of his song, "I Can't Do It Anymore," on Twangville. Accompanied by Dante Pope and Brian Farrow, Flemons explores early R&B/rock 'n' roll on this tune, which is one of the 14 tracks on his new Music Maker Relief Foundation album - Prospect Hill. A co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons releases Prospect Hill as his first venture ou...
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