Dom Flemons

Posted on 
February 10, 2022
9:14 pm

Rootsy folk singer/songwriter Dom Flemons entered the spotlight in the late 2000s as part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a Grammy-winning old-time string ensemble. While still part of the band, Flemons also started his solo career with a focus on historic Americana, folk, blues, and arcane instrumentation styles, earning him the nickname “The American Songster.”

Flemons grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where he began exploring his musical gifts at a very young age.

Inspired by his parents’ vintage R&B collection and eventually artists like Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Chuck Berry, and Tom Paxton, Dom was a talented guitarist and harmonica players by his teenage years. While attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Flemons met veteran folklorist Sule Greg Wilson, who mentored him and helped him develop his historical understanding of music.

In 2012, Flemons left the band and dove deep into his solo career. He released “Prospect Hill” in 2014 and “Black Cowboys” in 2018, both of which were well-researched storytelling albums. He also appears on British guitarist Martin Simpson’s “Selection of Ever Popular Favourites” in 2016.

He continued building his reputation as a touring artist, landing gigs at Carnegie Hall and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2020, he released an expanded reissue of Prospect Hill.

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