Chatham County Line | Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Chatham County Line All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., June 28, 8 p.m. 2014

On its seventh album, the new Tightrope (Yep Roc), this combo from Raleigh, North Carolina, sounds more comfortable and confident than ever in its hybrid bluegrass style. Chatham County Line’s sensibility is rooted in folk-rock—on Tightrope’s opening track, “The Traveler,” guitarist Dave Wilson sings a plaintive melody that’s shaded by gorgeous vocal harmonies, and none of it would sound out of place in a Fleet Foxes song. But the clawhammer banjo of Chandler Holt and the astringent, propulsive fiddle of John Teer (who doubles on mandolin) make it pretty clear these guys have been mainlining mountain music for a long time. On previous records Chatham County Line seemed to be forcing the blend, creating an uncomfortable tension between the two styles, but on the new one the group lets the songs dictate the “little of this, little of that” balance—and the lack of self-consciousness helps it work. —Peter Margasak

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