Carolina Chocolate Drops nominated for another Grammy

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 04:03 PM

The Durham-based traditional band Carolina Chocolate Drops have been nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for their recording “Leaving Eden.”
The announcement came in conjunction with a televised nomination special Wednesday.
The Chocolate Drops are one of five artists in the running for the Best Folk Album Award. Other nominees in the category are Ry Cooder for “Election Special”; Luther Dickinson for “Hambone’s Meditations,”; Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile for “The Goat Rodeo Sessions”; and producers Shawn Camp and Tamara for the compilation “This One’s For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark,” featuring various artists.
If the Chocolate Drops win, they will bring home their second Grammy. In 2010, the band took home the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for their recording “Genuine Negro Jig.”
The band has received international acclaim for their new interpretations of traditional folk music, particularly from the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and for drawing attention to the contributions of African-Americans to folk and popular music.
The Grammy Awards will be televised on CBS at 8 p.m. Feb. 10.