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Dom Flemons #1419

Dom Flemons’ third solo album, Prospect Hill, will be available on Music Maker records this summer.  The former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings his interest in Carolina blues, old time, and early R&B to both traditional and original songs.  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of driving Flemons from downtown Nashville to East Nashville for a video session that we both were attending, and getting to sit in on the recording.  On the way, we talked about the foundation with whom he works, also called Music Maker, that directly assists blues musicians in North Carolina with life essentials.  Not only is he a versatile player, but he also is a great guy.


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Sarah Alden: *Exclusive* Song Premiere

Sarah Alden‘s debut solo album, Fists of Violets, expands her fiddle sounds beyond even that of her association with Luminescent Orchestrii, where I first became aware of her because of their collaboration with Carolina Chocolate Drops.

I learned about Eastern European music from a klezmer band in my hometown of Atlanta, and I happen to love how the music makes you want to move, even if you are driving. Alden hints at the many traditions from which the fiddle arises in this collection of songs, which could make it seem like a world music sampler, if she were not the connecting talent bringing these divergent styles together. I like the whole album, especially because as a collection, the songs tell a story of the fiddle across nations, but I have three favorite tracks: “Fists of Violets,” “Aunt Viola’s Waltz,” and “Niz Banju Idem.”

Buy Sarah Alden’s music HERE ON AMAZON or HERE ON ITUNES .
Buy Luminescent Orchestrii HERE ON AMAZON or HERE ON ITUNES.