Today -- after the amicable departure of Flemons and Robinson for their own solo projects -- the band, more than ever, is a shifting troupe of young African-American folk musicians who revolve around Rhiannon Giddens. I had long wanted to speak with this lady.
"If you want to be a band, a rocker, a guy that can play music and jam with other people and be a real musician, then you've just got to go play as much as you can in front of as many people as you can any time, anywhere and live and breathe it. Put your head down and keep on swinging."
In the United States and around the world, roots music is thriving. You can see it at the highest levels of the global music scene, in the work of Grammy-winning artists such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Chieftains, both of which have new albums very much worth hearing.