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August 8, 2020

The American Songster

By: Laurie Gallardo

When it comes to the (re)discovery of early American popular music, the resources are endless wellsprings. Imagine this rabbit hole that hardcore music lovers eagerly tumble into, and made more exciting by musicians like Dom Flemons who bring renewed energy and interest into the stories of how this music came into being.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, 2020 United States Artists Fellow, and co-founder of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Flemons has a list of accomplishments that keeps on going: In addition to songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, he’s an Emmy-nominated actor, music scholar, historian, and – extra joy – record collector. All of the things. And speaking of records, Flemons released his third full-length this year, titled Prospect Hill: The American Songster Omnibus, a three-part treasure trove including Flemons’ original Prospect Hill album; his 2015 EP What Got Over; and some previously unreleased instrumental tracks under the title The Drum Major . (Today’s AMM featured the instrumental “The Songster Arrives,” and the track “My Money Runs Out.”)

Get in on the show this evening! Flemons is part of a big line-up featured on a Grand Ole Opry live stream show starting at 7 p.m. Central tonight, Saturday August 8, which includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Molly Tuttle and Billy Strings. You can see the live stream on Grand Ole Opry via Circle Plus.

-Photography by Timothy Duffy.


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