Walk Right In
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 1 pm (est)
Internationally renowned string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, on the Nonesuch label, will Walk Right In to WTJU at the end of January for some live music and conversation. Later that evening they will be performing at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville.
In the summer and fall of 2005, three young black musicians, Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson, made the commitment to travel to Mebane, N.C., every Thursday night to sit in the home of old-time fiddler Joe Thompson for a musical jam session. Joe was in his 80’s, a black fiddler with a short bowing style that he inherited from generations of family musicians. He had learned to play a wide ranging set of tunes sitting on the back porch with other players after a day of field work. Now he was passing those same lessons on to a new generation.