On the evening of Monday, March 31, 2014, I made my way to Fall River's Narrows Center for the Arts for the first time in roughly seven years. What got me there after so long? The Carolina Chocolate Drops. This quartet blew me away a couple years ago opening for the Dave Matthews Band, and since then I've found myself wandering back to their music; a folky, old-timey blend of strings and vocals that's filled with as much history as it is soul.
What I found so amazing this time around was how much more their show is than just music. They take the history within their songs and turn their set into a full-on musical lecture filled with story-telling, lessons on song-writing and instruments, and plenty of personal touches throughout. But however informative their show ends up becoming, it's still the music itself that's most important... and the Carolina Chocolate Drops sure know it. Between the plethora of instruments (several different fiddles and banjos, and the should-definitely-be-more-well-known bones among them), the masterful playing of said instruments, and Rhiannon Giddens' breathtaking pipes, the Carolina Chocolate Drops become a wholly authentic and entertaining live show.