Hubby Jenkins brings solo show to The Palms on Friday, Sept. 20

Jenkins started as a solo artist, and he’ll go back to those roots for his Friday, Sept. 20 show at The Palms Playhouse.
Multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins, who was a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and is a frequent Rhiannon Giddens collaborator, will bring his solo show to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 general/$12 students.

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By KATE LADDISH Entertainment correspondent Multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins gained widespread recognition as a member of the Grammy-winning old-time string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops. He also tours and records as a member of Rhiannon Giddens’ band for her solo projects. But Jenkins started as a solo artist, and he’ll go back to those roots for his Friday, Sept. 20 show at The Palms Playhouse. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $22, or $12 with student ID.  Even though he grew up in Brooklyn, Jenkins has long had a deep affinity for music more usually associated with the rural South. As he explored strands of American roots music such as country blues, old time, ragtime and traditional jazz, he also learned about the connections between the music and African-American history.  Jenkins’ knowledge, enthusiasm and talent naturally gave rise to performing. He started busking in New York, and then expanded to playing nationally. Jenkins joined the Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2010, contributing guitar, mandolin, 5-string banjo, bones and vocals.  Jenkins and the Drops had banner years in 2012 and 2013. Working with roots music heavyweight Buddy Miller (Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Shawn Colvin), the band released “Leaving Eden” in 2012. They contributed “Political World” to the Bob Dylan tribute album “Chimes of Freedom,” and “Daughter’s Lament” to the “Hunger Games” soundtrack.  A raft of nominations highlighted the Drops’ range. They received a Grammy nomination for “Leaving Eden” in 2012. The Chicago Black Theater Alliance nominated them for several awards for their work in “Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Roots of Black Vaudeville” in 2012, and the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards nominated them for Acoustic Artist of the Year in 2013.  In 2015, Jenkins received a nomination for Instrumentalist of the Year from the Americana Music Association. Since 2015, Jenkins has also been a member of Drops frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens’ band for her solo projects, and played on her albums “Tomorrow Is My Turn” (2015) and “Freedom Highway” (2017) and 2015 EP “Factory Girl.” Jenkins told Good Times in 2014 that “one of the main missions of the [Drops] is to be an all-black string band where we talk about the roots of African-American music, and be a part of that stream of musicians who are keeping that alive.” These guiding principles seem to apply to Jenkins’ work not only with the Drops, but also on Giddens’ solo work and Jenkins’ own projects.  He participated in the Robert Redford-narrated 2015 music documentary “American Epic,” and released a self-titled solo album in 2016 that runs from the folk- and bluegrass-steeped “Little Log Cabin in the Lane” to the country-blues vocals and slide guitar of “Mean Ol’ Frisco.”  Jenkins also participated in “Cambrian Explosion” (2017) and “The Ordovician Era” (2019) by Peter Stampfel and the Atomic Meta Pagans.  Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out.  For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and hubbyjenkins.com. 

Hubby Jenkins plays “Mean Ol’ Frisco” from his 2016 self-titled album for The Bluegrass Situation at Fayetteville Roots Festival.
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