Carolina Chocolate Drops Win Grammy

By Steve Crump - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - No shortage of glitzy Hollywood moments came during the music industry's biggest night.

Before millions tuned in, Grammy gold touched the hands of a group with its beginnings right in our backyard.

For the Carolina Chocolate Drops, it was the their effort titled Genuine Negro Jig that brought new a level of recognition.

Founding member Dom Flemmons said on the morning after, "It's a certain level of legitimacy that's been given to us to be one of the groups that's helps get some recognition for this old stuff."

The old stuff landed them a Grammy in the category of Best Traditional Folk Album.

We were at Charlotte Douglas when the bands manager Dolph Ramseur got back from the awards show.

He said, "That's the industry recognizing your talent. So that's the highest. The Grammy, it sets the bar."

Ramseur who calls Concord home is like a proud papa . Not only does he manage the Chocolate Drops, but he also handles the Avett Brothers who performed with Bob Dylan.

"It was just another feather in the cap for the brothers," Ramseur said.

When it comes to the Grammy and the Chocolate Drops, the award not only honors them, but recognizes individuals like Joe Thompson of Mebane, North Carolina who provided early support in the bands formative years.

According to band member Rhiannon Giddens, "We're fortunate to have all of the people who came before us. We're just standing on their shoulders. It's everybody's Grammy. It's not just ours." It'll all of theirs too. We wouldn't be here without them."

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