Carolina Chocolate Drops win Traditional Folk Grammy
Sunday, February 13, 2011
– The Carolina Chocolate Drops took the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album with "Genuine Negro Jig" on Sunday.
We weren't expecting that," said a tearful Rhiannon Giddens in accepting the award.
"This is very much a great honor," said Dom Fleming. He also thanked Joe Henry, who produced the disc. "The black string band tradition has been sadly unrecognized, and we're just glad we can be out the representing tunes that people can enjoy."
Others nominated were "Onward And Upward," Luther Dickinson & The Sons Of Mudboy
"Memories Of John," The John Hartford Stringband
"Maria Muldaur & Her Garden Of Joy," Maria Muldaur
"Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved," Ricky Skaggs
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Genuine Negro Jig
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