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Show #259: Farewell Dom and Leyla

December 23rd, 2013

ccd20131904 Show #259: Farewell Dom and Leyla
(Photo by Ron Baker.)

Last month it was announced that both Dom Flemons and Leyla McCalla were to leave the Carolina Chocolate Drops to pursue solo ventures. This explains Dom playing a solo gig last month in Milwaukee. The band played a series farewell gigs earlier this month and now begin the task of reinventing itself. According to the above article, replacing them are cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett. I’m not familiar with either but a quick search of the Internet shows that Corbett has known Flemons for a spell and can play the bones which means that “Brigg’s Corn Shucking Jig” should remain in the set. The CCD are now the folk equivalent of King Crimson – more a way of doing things than an assemblage of certain musicians.

To commemorate Dom and Leyla heading off for new pastures, here’s a CCD show from earlier this year.

This is the band’s set from the Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood, Texas recorded this past spring on 19 April. It’s a jumble of recording sources including soundboard and audience. This is a fantastic recording and, while I haven’t listened to the entire show yet, what I’ve heard so far is great. The band are in fine form and full of energy. Tunes like “Trouble In Your Mind” and “Last Chance” sound almost proto-punk here. Really great stuff.


Black Annie
Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind
Milwaukee Blues
Country Girl
Last Chance
Run Mountain
Rose Marie
Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad
Scottish Mouth Music #1 (Wedding)
Scottish Mouth Music #2 (dancing)
But They Got It Fixed
Buck Creek Girls
Hit ‘Em Up Style
Sourwood Mountain
Read ‘Em John

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Here’s “Rose Marie” featuring Leyla McCalla from this very gig:

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