Chatham County Line
It would be only natural to surmise that this North Carolina combo called Chatham County Line has returned to its roots, given the fact that it's reunited with former producer Chris Stamey and that its aptly named fourth album recaptures the essence of its original back-porch motif. This is, after all, a band that's always been drawn to the basics, one whose standard setup of guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo, and mandolin parlays a rural regimen, albeit with an insurgent intent. The only hitch in that assumption is the reality that... well... this isn't the bluegrass barnstormer the foregoing description might otherwise imply. Although songs like "Chip of a Star," "Birmingham Jail," and "Thanks" convey rustic, homespun designs, the emphasis on world-weary reflection and elegiac sentiment finds the music resonating with a more cerebral stance. Even the more up-tempo tunes — "I Got Worry" and "Whipping Boy" in particular — say as much about attitude as they do about aptitude. The band may stake a claim to a down-home sound, but it also knows how to up the ante with edge and intensity. Consequently, even those listeners who have no particular affinity for any sort of bluegrass ballyhoo will find themselves drawn to this spunky ensemble's approach. At this stage in its career, Chatham County Line is well worth watching.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.
More Music News
- The Kids Are Alright: Ten Sons and Daughters of Rock Worth a Second Listen
Sun., Aug. 2, 7:00pm
Fri., Aug. 7, 8:00pm
Fri., Aug. 7, 11:00pm
Sat., Aug. 8, 8:00pm
- Thomas Jack Brings Tropical House (Not Screams and Thumps) to Mad Decent
- "Cold-Hearted Criminal Pricks" Won't Keep Authority Zero Away From Respectable Street