"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)" Carolina Chocolate Drops version

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North Carolina trio remakes Blu Cantrell's 2001 cut

http://www.knoxnews.com/videos/detail/carolina-chocolate-drops-performing-hit-em-style-w/

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 04:34 (ten years ago) link

While Cantrell is (was?) on reality show "Reality Circus" the Carolina Chocolate Drops have added her song to their old-timey mix.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 04:43 (ten years ago) link

I met one of them on a plane one time & have since seen them several times, they are really awesome people who have a lot of love for the music of the NC Piedmont, haven't heard this yet (will get to it, connection I'm using tonight is weird) but hope it's great 'cause they are very cool.

J0hn D., Tuesday, 30 September 2008 04:48 (ten years ago) link

pretty good. the sort of thing timbaland/b.sparxxx gestured toward on deliverance.

chocolate drops are cool. i was talking to mike seeger last week for something i'm writing and he mentioned them as an example of new, younger people rediscovering the banjo and string-band music more generally.

tipsy mothra, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 05:37 (ten years ago) link

Saw the Drops in DC last night. They know their old-timey music and deliver it enthusiastically.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:18 (ten years ago) link

I think I am physically incapable of listening to something knowingly called "old-timey music"

i am the small cat (HI DERE), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:19 (ten years ago) link

i mourn the original double-time, triplety version of hit 'em up style. i remember seeing the video when it first came out, and it must have flopped and been replaced by the version with the more traditional beat. can't find the original anywhere (ie it's not on youtube).

Jordan, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:29 (ten years ago) link

this band is pretty damn talented though (watching some other videos where they're switching up instruments)

Jordan, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:32 (ten years ago) link

okay this is cool but I would never ever buy this

i am the small cat (HI DERE), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:32 (ten years ago) link

four years pass...

Just saw them last night -- third time I've seen them play -- and they are for real one of the best live bands in America right now. I like their recordings fine, but you can't really understand how great and raucous and funny they are unless you see them. I know they sound like some kind of NPR fantasy band, and in some ways they are, but they're the opposite of fusty, puritanical revivalists. It's not just that they do "Hit em Up Style," they infuse everything with everything -- jazz, blues, country, R&B, gospel, last night they brought down the house doing 19th-century Afro-Scottish Gaelic traditionals with a thumping beat. They can give a 5-minute sociomusical discourse on the significance of minstrelsy, and then follow it up with an original tune like this one: http://vimeo.com/m/43149444.

Anyway, if you get a chance to see them, you oughta.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 8 December 2012 13:46 (six years ago) link

IF THEY WOULD PLAY ON THE WEST FUCKING COAST I WOULD

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:21 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/25/arts/music/a-solo-spotlight-for-a-powerful-voice.html

Jon Pareles article on singer Rhiannon Giddens whose solo album produced by T-Bone Burnett is coming out in february

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 January 2015 20:40 (four years ago) link

T-Bone enthusing about her in another article:

"It was clear the first time I heard her at rehearsal," he said, "that Rhiannon is next in a long line of singers that include Marian Anderson, Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Rosetta Tharpe. We need that person in our culture."

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/life/music-rhiannon-giddens-discovers-true-calling-with-help-from-friends/article_33a65522-fbeb-5626-8b54-a7a8820dc3e1.html

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 January 2015 20:11 (four years ago) link

Former Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons did not have a big-name producer for his solo release

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/30/336577946/dom-flemons-holds-onto-that-old-time-root

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 January 2015 20:12 (four years ago) link

x-post--some folks dislike producer T-bone Burnett for being a born-again Christian, and others for just being the main go-to guy for Americana roots production work

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 January 2015 20:58 (four years ago) link

Her solo North American tour announced:

Rhiannon Giddens On Tour

March 28 - Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival

March 29 - Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival

March 31 - Lexington, KY @ Lexington Opera House ^

April 1 - Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theatre ^

April 2 - Durham, NC @ Carolina Theater ^

April 3 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre ^

April 4 - Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry ~

April 7 - Rocky Mount, VA @ Harvester Performance Center ^

April 8 - Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater ^

April 9 - New York, NY @ Town Hall ^

April 10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts ^

April 12 - Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre ^

April 14 - Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Hall ^

April 16 - Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre ~

April 17 - Port Washington, NY @ Landmark on Main Street ^

April 18 - Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theatre ^

April 19 - Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain Arts Center

April 21 - Albany, NY @ The Egg ^

April 23 - Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre ^

April 24 - Grand Rapids, MI @ St. Cecilia Music Center ^

April 26 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom ^

April 27 - Madison, WI @ Capitol Theatre ^

April 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre ^

April 29 - Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall ^

May 1 - Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater ^

May 3 - Anchorage, AK @ Discovery Theatre

May 4- Palmer, AK @ Glen Massay Theatre

May 8- Santa Barbara, CA @ Campbell Hall, UCSB

May 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater ^

May 12 - Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State Univ.

May 14 - San Francisco, CA @ SFJAZZ

May 15 - San Francisco, CA @ SFJAZZ

May 16 - San Francisco, CA @ SFJAZZ

May 17 - San Francisco, CA @ SFJAZZ

May 19 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater ^

May 20 - Seattle, WA @ Meany Theater, University of Washington ^

May 23 - Augusta, GA @ Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que Music Festival

June 2 - Raleigh, NC @ Meymandi Concert Hall - NCS Benefit *

June 11-14 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

June 18-21 - Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 February 2015 16:09 (four years ago) link

mixed review of her album from Greil Marcus

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/review/where-the-song-leaves-you

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 February 2015 17:16 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

the new Rhiannon Giddens album is excellent, feels like the full manifestation of what she's been working toward

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stydeO3m59g

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 15:34 (three months ago) link

how in the world did i miss the original video the first time around??

i imagine it's the best performing YouTube video the Knoxville News Sentinel has ever put out.

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 09:06 (three months ago) link

how in the world did i miss the original video the first time around??

i imagine it's the best performing YouTube video the Knoxville News Sentinel has ever put out.

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 09:06 (three months ago) link


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