Catching up /with the
chocolate with Taylor Coughlin
Q&A WITH LEADER RHIANNON GIDDENS
hen North Carolinabased band Carolina Chocolate Drops took the stage in the Spinnaker Lounge on board the Norwegian Pearl during Mountain Song at Sea, there wasn’t even room to take a swig of your margarita. The SRO crowd was visibly anxious to see and hear one of bluegrass and Americana’s most intriguing and powerful bands.
Beyond the roots/folk/bluegrass success they’ve had, Carolina Chocolate Drops has grown their fan base with a song on The Hunger Games soundtrack called “Daughter’s Lament.” The group has also recorded with The Chieftains, and have been featured on records on The Civil War (Divided and United: Songs of the Civil War), Bob Dylan (Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan), and Johnny Cash
(We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash). The group’s latest album Leaving Eden, produced by Buddy Miller and out on Nonesuch Records, garnered much attention. International Bluegrass caught up with founding member Rhiannon Giddens after Mountain Song at Sea after both parties had a chance to shake the sand out of their instrument cases.