Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Ebony Hillbillies to fill Chocolate Drop slot at Wintergrass

Wintergrass moved quickly to fill the Thursday-Friday hole created when the Carolina Chocolate Drops cancelled their appearance at the festival, which opens in one week. The replacement band, The Ebony HIllbillies, are another African American string band--this one from New York City--playing banjo-driven mountain music. They appeared at last year's IBMA conference, where they apparently caught the eye of the Wintergrass organizers.

They appear to be a near perfect replacement for CCD in the Thursday night "Black and Bluegrass" program, which also features Laura Love and Ruthie Foster. (I saw the Drops perform last week in Berkeley, and plan to post a review soon.)

For those unfamiliar with the Ebony Hillbillies, check out this video by carltheclod:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wait, I have to find my socks. These guys just knocked them off.