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An Instructive Representation of Black Cowboy Music

Dom Flemons – Black Cowboys


Dom Flemons – Black Cowboys (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2018)

Celebrated multi-instrumentalist, singer and musicologist Dom Flemons, a founding of the seminal Carolina Chocolate Drops, explores and honors the African American cowboy songs of the Old West.

Dom Flemons used poems, rearranged traditional songs and composed new material using a mix of American folk, country and other American roots music forms.

On Black Cowboys, Dom Flemons is joined by various blues and folk musicians from the Washington Dc area as well as members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Dom Flemons played a wide-range of musical instruments from various traditions: 6-string banjo; background vocal; cow “rhythm” bones; fiddle; fife; Fraulini Angelina 6-string guitar; Fraulini Angelina 6-string guitar-banjo; Mexican guitarrón; harmonica; Hawaiian guitar; kazoo; mandolin; marching bass drum; original Hound Dog resonator guitar; Plectrum 4-string banjo; quills (musical instrument); recitation; snare drum; Stella 12-String Guitar; upright bass; and vocals.



Flemons’ earlier recording include Prospect Hill (Music Maker, 2014) and American Songster (2009).

The extensive Black Cowboys CD booklet contains a history of black culture in the American West, details about the songs, vintage photos and biographical information about the artists.


Artist Profiles: Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He plays a wide range of musical genres including old-time, blues, country, string band, rock, and jazz. As a member of the influential string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons toured throughout the world and performed at high profile venues.

Even though he has studied music independently for the past years Flemons continues to study with elders in the North Carolina community. Flemons has met and played with traditional music artists such as Joe Thompson, John Dee Holeman, Mike Seeger,  Greg Wilson, John Hammond, Lightnin’ Wells, Algia Mae Hinton, Odetta Jools Holland, Don Vappie, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Marty Stuart, Sharon Jones, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Boo Hanks and has played on stage with Old Crow Medicine Show.

In November 2013 Dom Flemons left the Carolina Chocolate Drops to pursue a solo career.


Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Music, 2006)

The Great Debaters soundtrack, with Alvin Youngblood, Hart Sharon Jones, and Teenie Hodges (Atlantic, 2007)

Dance Tunes Ballads & Blues (Music Maker, 2007)

Heritage, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Dixiefrog, 2008)

Carolina Chocolate Drops & Joe Thompson live at MerleFest 2008, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Music Maker, 2009)

Genuine Negro Jig, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Nonesuch, 2010)

Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestrii (Nonesuch, 2011)

Buffalo Junction with Boo Hanks (Music Maker 148, 2012)

Leaving Eden, with Carolina Chocolate Drops (Nonesuch, 2012)

Prospect Hill, (Music Maker, 2014)

Buffalo Junction, with Boo Hanks (Music Maker, 2015)

Selection of Ever Popular Favourites, with Martin Simpson (Fledgling Records, 2016)

website: www.domflemons.com


Superb World Music and Roots Programming at Savannah Music Festival 2017

Earls of Leicester
Earls of Leicester

The Savannah Music Festival 2017 will present an impressive set of world music and American roots sounds. The festival will take place from March 23 to April 8, 2017.

The lineup includes acclaimed Québécois traditional ensembles Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan; Canary Island timple (a small Spanish guitar) maestro Germán López; Dom Flemons; Foghorn Stringband; Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms; cellist and vocalist Leyla McCalla; Haitian vodou drum and dance ensemble Chouk Bwa Libète; dobro maestro Jerry Douglas with celebrated bluegrass band the Earls of Leicester; Molsky’s Mountain Drifters; Irish accordionist Máirtín O’Connor; Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie; Holt & Coleman; banjo player Noam Pikelny; Sufi singer Sanam Marvi; 80-year-old virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal; mandolinist Danilo Brito’s choro quintet; Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall; and admired Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha with an original score for the 1930 Dovzhenko silent film, Earth.

Tickets to the 2017 festival are available online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912-525-5050 and in person at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah.