Carolina Chocolate Drops plot 2012 tour

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Carolina Chocolate Drops have revealed plans to hit the road in support of their forthcoming album, Leaving Eden. The old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina will make their way to New England for multiple shows this winter.

The band will perform at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston on Saturday, March 3 as part of the World Music/CRASHarts concert series. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $28 to $37, are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website. Following the show in Boston, they’ll make their way to Fall River for a performance at the Narrows Center for the Arts on March 4. Tickets for the show are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website for $30.

Carolina Chocolate Drops will launch their forthcoming tour in New Hampshire with a show at The Music Hall in Portsmouth on Thursday, January 26. The band will also perform at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on January 28.

Leaving Eden, the group’s fifth studio effort, is scheduled to hit stores on February 28. Produced by Buddy Miller (Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant), the album is comprised of original compositions, covers and traditional songs. Leaving Eden follows 2010’s Genuine Negro Jig, which won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album and reached #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart.

Carolina Chocolate Drops formed after founding members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson met at a roots festival in 2005, and discovered a shared interest in traditional African-American string band music of the Piedmont region. In 2011 multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins joined Flemons and Giddens in the group upon Robinson’s departure. The members share singing duties and swap instruments throughout their sets. Cellist Leyla McCalla also joins the band on the record and on their upcoming tour.

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