Dom Flemons Satisfies an Old-Time Craving on “Hot Chicken”

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As a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons has been immersed in Appalachian black string music for years. On his upcoming solo album, Prospect Hill, the talented history buff adds a new chapter to a long legacy.

With “Hot Chicken,” a winding story song about a fire-breathing delicacy native to Nashville, Flemons continues the comforting old-time tradition of singing about full bellies and hot meals.

On the recommendation of a trusted friend, Flemons headed to the east side of Nashville to visit Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Backed by plucky acoustic guitar, Flemons’ cool narration will set your mouth watering, but it’s in stark contrast to the blazing sting of his new favorite food.

“Hot chicken is essentially fried chicken with a cayenne pepper batter, rolled in cayenne pepper dust and served on white bread drenched in the stuff,” Flemons says. “We came in hungry, which was our first mistake.

“After a 40-minute wait in the small, packed restaurant front, we quickly tried our best to fill our hungry bellies,” he adds. “The chicken was burning up with heat and spice, and we all suffered through each glorious bite with tears in our eyes. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to write a song about it, featuring some ripping solos from Brian Horton and Keith Ganz.”

Flemons’ Prospect Hill arrives July 22. Until then, add some old-time spice to your musical palette with the CMT Edge premiere of “Hot Chicken.”

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