Serendipity & “The Carolina Chocolate Drops”
In March of this year my daughter, son-in-law and I attended a concert featuring Peggy Seeger. She was wonderful and it was like icing on the cake when she introduced us to an audience member she’d mentored since she was a small child. This was Rhiannon Giddens, the lead singer of the Durham, NC based Carolina Chocolate Drops .
Rhiannon agreed to sing for us and she captured out hearts with a song she’d written herself, accompanied only by her banjo. It was my introduction to the group and I couldn’t wait to hear more.
Since that evening I’ve learned that the Carolina Chocolate Drops are actually one of the most listened to Folk Groups in our country. They certainly deserve the honor and if you haven’t heard them yet you’re in for a treat.
Now here’s the serendipity part of my story. It was Saturday night and I had TV playing in the background as I did some work on my computer. It was a musical offering…a rerun of a tribute to Johnny Cash with different groups performing. It was good but I was tired and just about to call it a night when I heard that the next in line were the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
What a treat ! I turned off the computer, went in and watched their performance and then wrote a short email to my kids in NY telling them how much I’d enjoyed it.
Imagine my surprise when I received an email back within the hour. They were writing to tell me that they had just returned home from a concert at the Fisher Center at Bard College in Red Hook and guess who they saw? None other than the CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS !!