Dom Flemons Pursuing Solo Career; Carolina Chocolate Drops Add Two New Members

Carolina Chocolate Drops founding members Rhiannon Giddens & Dom FlemonsAs The News & Observer reported on Nov. 12, and via an e-newsletter sent out by the Carolina Chocolate Drops that same afternoon, they are getting ready to hit the road together in December for a very special U.S. tour. At the end of these dates, Dom Flemons will be embarking on a solo career and two new musicians - cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett - will join Rhiannon Giddens and Hubby Jenkins in the New Year for a full run of dates!
"Dom and I have been a tremendous team for the last eight years, and I wish him all the best on his new solo endeavor. I know he will be enriching the landscape of American music wherever he goes," Rhiannon says. "Carolina Chocolate Drops lives on, and honors all past members who have added so much over the years; we wouldn't be where we are without each and every one. I'm looking forward to introducing new, talented musicians to the ever-expanding Chocolate Drop family!"
"Though my music is taking me to new places with my upcoming solo projects, I know that the Carolina Chocolate Drops will continue on to do new, amazing things," says Dom. "My past eight years with the band has been a wonderful experience, musically and personally. As my music grows in a new direction, I know I can count my time with them as a building block to where I am now. I am excited to continue on my musical journey exploring the hidden facets of American Music." Dom will kick off 2014 with a tour of Australia, and continue performing across the US throughout the year (full schedule here).
Leyla McCalla will also be departing the band in order to pursue a solo career. We're very excited for what the future holds for Dom, Leyla, and the Chocolate Drops, and we wish everyone well on their new endeavors - we're excited to see what the future has in store for all of these musicians! (And look for the new lineup at Merlefest on Thursday, April 24!)
Also, WUNC reports that the Chocolate Drops' music will be featured in an upcoming PBS special "Nashville 2.0" later this month.
Below are the Chocolate Drops' remaining tour dates for 2013:
12/06 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
12/07 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
12/08 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
12/12 Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN
12/13 Bijou Theatre, Knoxville, TN
12/14 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
12/15 Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC