Dona Gotta Ramblin' Mind CD (CCD01)
Label: Music Maker Series
In this album, The songs on the record touch on ancient blues and country, but to align what the CCD do with either of those branches would be an error. Songs like "Ol' Corn Likker" and "Black-Eyed Daisy" evoke a time and place far removed not only from the present but from contemporary notions of what those genres signify. When the trio plays "Dixie," you're listening not to a patriotic rebel anthem but a yearning, mournful moan. And the purity of Giddens' solo a cappella vocal on "Little Margaret" belongs to an era when music was not something to be sold but something from the soul.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops have stated that they are on a mission to keep this tradition alive, and that they do. But they do so not from the staid position of lecturers on ethnomusicology or as strident sociopolitical posturers but as musicians truly in love with this disappearing slice of Americana, more specifically a little known slice of black Americana. That they do it with zeal as well as respect, and that they have the talent to back up their knowledge, is why it works on its own merits, not merely as a historical study.
Track Listing: 1/Starry Crown 2/Dona Got a Ramblin' Mind 3/Rickett's Hornpipe 4/Ol' Corn Likker 5/Little Sadie 6/Little Margaret 7/Dixie 8/Black Annie 9/Tom Dula 10/Georgie Buck 11/Old Cat Died 12/Another Man Done Gone 13/Black-Eyed Daisy 14/Short life of Trouble 15/Sally Ann 16/Sourwood Mountain