The American Songster comes to Midcoast

Mar 12, 2019
Dom Flemons

Rockland — Dom Flemons, co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, will bring his American Songster Tour to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Flemons got his American Songster moniker since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist — banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills and rhythm bones.

The 2018 release “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” is an album that pays tribute to the music, culture and complex history of the Golden Age of the Wild West. On the album, the musicologist explores the roots of the American identity, guiding the listener through the old railroad tracks, following the footsteps of thousands of pioneering African-Americans who helped build what is now known as the United States of America. Edited by the Smithsonian Folk Ways label, the album is part of the African American Legacy Recordings co-produced by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.

Flemons, who left the Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2014 to pursue his solo career, has been nominated for the International Folk Awards 2018 Artist of the Year; and “Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys” was nominated for a 2019 Best Folk Album Grammy and for Best Acoustic Album at the 40th Blues Music Awards. Flemons was featured on syndicated radio broadcasts “World Café” and NPR’s “Here and Now” to discuss the history of black cowboys and the new record.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Lobby and balcony bars will be open for those age 21 and older. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com

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