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Dom Flemons | Black Cowboy Songs and More from the American Songster

Dom Flemons, a GRAMMY Award winner, two-time EMMY nominee, and 2019 WAMMIE Award winner, is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Washington, DC, area. In 2005, Flemons co-founded the GRAMMY award-winning group, the Carolina Chocolate Drops. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014. Today he is known as "The American Songster," since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, and record collector, as well as a multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. In 2018, Flemons released an album titled Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys on Smithsonian Folkways and received a GRAMMY Nomination for Best Folk Album at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. This recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. For over a decade Dom has been doing research on American Folklife Center collections. He was the first artist featured in AFC’s first Archive Challenge back in 2015 (then called the Lomax Challenge), and his repertoire includes many songs and tunes he learned from recordings of master musicians in the AFC archive.

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