Dom Flemons feeds off of many different styles of Roots music and digs deep into the Great American Songbook, but he often explores the more ethnic and obscure sides of the traditions.
Flemons’ first steps to becoming widely known in Americana circles came in 2005 when he met Justin Robinson and the now-ascending solo artist Rhiannon Giddens at the Black Banjo Gathering being held at Boone, N.C.’s Appalachian State University.
It was at that event that the three musicians formed the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The festival celebrated the origins of the banjo, an instrument born in Africa and brought to America by slaves. The Chocolate Drops took that theme and widened their scope, adding some contemporary flourishes and eventually winning a Grammy for their efforts. Read more about Flemons in this week's Sound Advice.
Dom Flemons plays Southgate House Revival Sunday with Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle. More info/tickets: southgatehouse.com .