Old-time bangers

By JIM MACNIE  |  January 19, 2010

Hence the CDs title track, a sparse instrumental that finds Middle Eastern echoes replacing blues inflections. It's twangless, fetching, and, as the singer says, mysterious. The a cappella "Reynadine" and a Tom Waits lament are also part of the new program. It's this kind of scope and their signature verve that will quell all arguments over whether the Drops are adventurers or anachronisms.

"We definitely want to do lots of different things," says Giddens. "This and that, and this and that, and this and that. The fun part is sustaining the spontaneity, and showing the breadth of what folk music can be."

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS | Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville | January 23 at 8 pm | $28 | 617.876.4275 or www.worldmusic.org

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