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Dom Flemmons, also known as "The American Songster" is a Grammy Award winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, he strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences.
A multi-instrumentalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills, in addition to singing. He says that he incorporates his background in percussion to his banjo playing. Dom’s banjo repertoire includes not only clawhammer but also Tenor, Plectrum, and three-finger styles of playing. He first picked up the instrument when he borrowed a five-string banjo from a friend who had removed the instrument’s fifth string.
In 2005, Flemons co-found the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy for its 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig. Today, he tours throughout the United States and internationally as “The American Songster". He also has a new podcast called American Songster Radio that it is in conjunction with WUNC North Carolina Public Radio.
Playing in a broad range of old-time blues, country, string band, rock and jazz, he has impressed audiences with his outrageous performance style. "I always try keep the audience guessing," Dom says, "it makes the performance more interesting."