Chatham County Line

When: Thu., Jan. 22 2009

Chatham County Line was never just another bluegrass band. The gather-round-the-mic style and penchant for looking sharp hint at roots in a North Carolina, Presbyterian Sunday morning — until songwriter, guitarist, and lead singer Dave Wilson leans into the microphone and banters something about too much whiskey and the goddamn stinkin’ Avett Brothers. Still, each of the band’s four albums would make your Dixie-bred, church-going mother smile and slap her knee. With IV, Chatham County Line's latest release, the band has grown from an impeccable grass outfit into a unique band defining its own sound. It’s real, uncompromising bluegrass that your rock ’n’ roll-only friends will swallow and thank you for feeding to them. “Chip of a Star” is perfectly concise in its repetitive melody as anything on pop radio, while “One More Minute” is among the most hauntingly beautiful harmonies recorded in 2008. Like the just-right girl your mother adores but who shows you her inner devil, CCL walks the line between respectability and rambunctious chaos. —Stratton Lawrence (photo by Daniel Coston)

Price: $10

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