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From the Roots Up: The Impact of American Roots Music by Dom Flemons
Friday, April 17, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
SOLD OUT- Tickets are required at the door.
In correlation with our current special exhibit, “We Are the Music Makers”, the Earl Scruggs Center and the North Carolina Humanities Council present an evening with Dom Flemons. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Our “From the Roots Up: The impact of American Roots Music” program takes place on Friday April 17th at 6pm through 7:30pm and will be presented by Dom Flemons, a native Arizonan and a true modern Songster who engages audiences from the green Carolinas to the ruddy Southwest with personalized interpretations of folk, blues, early jazz and rock, country, and original material. Dom is a consummate showman, dazzling audiences with his slide banjo technique and animated presentation. He was a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and is now embarking on a solo career with his recent album, Prospect Hill. Dom says he would like to use the traditional forms of music he has heard and immersed himself in over the years to create new soundscapes that generate interest in old-time folk music, focusing very much on creating music that is rooted in history but taking a new approach to modern music. Call the Earl Scruggs Center at 704-487-6233 or register online to reserve your seat.
Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.
In July 2014, Dom released his third solo record with Music Maker Relief Foundation, and his first since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Prospect Hill finds Flemons digging deeply into ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern folk music, string band music, jug band music, fife and drum music, and ballads idioms with showmanship and humor, reinterpreting the music to suit 21st century audiences. He was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Grossand his new album has received praise from The Boston Globe, Paste Magazine, Living Blues Magazine, and more.
This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.