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Chatham County Line Soundboard

When: Thu., Feb. 3, 8 p.m. 2011


The four members of Raleigh's Chatham County Line didn't grow up listening to old-school bluegrass, but when they first heard it, they fell in love—in fact it inspired them to start the band back in 1999. With each new album, though, the music they did grow up listening to has come through a little clearer. These days the group uses traditional bluegrass instruments—acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and banjo—to play what's essentially southern folk-rock with a rustic flavor. Their 2008 album IV was produced by dB's cofounder Chris Stamey, a paragon of southern indie pop, and for their most recent effort, Wildwood (Yep Roc), they brought in drummer Zeke Hutchins on several tracks. Leader Dave Wilson sings without a trace of the high-lonesome sound, instead betraying the influence of early, mumbly Michael Stipe. His bandmates all add harmony vocals, but they don't attempt the precision typical of bluegrass—their backups are more ragged and casual.

Canceled due to weather.

Peter Margasak

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