Chatham County Line slates new disc
Monday, April 19, 2010
– Chatham County Line will release their next studio album, "Wildwood,"on July 13 via Yep Roc Records. The album will be different for the bluegrass band because they are using drums for the first time.
The music is all acoustic, singing and playing around one microphone.
"We don't care anymore what type of music people consider us. I just focus on writing the best lyrics and melodies I can," said lead singer/guitarist Dave Wilson.
Banjoist Chandler Hold Holt said, "I think it is as simple as people know a Chatham County Line song when they hear it. It has something to do with a strong melody and an honest vocal approach."
John Teer (mandolin, fiddle) and Greg Readling (bass) also are in the group.
Drums are supplied by Zeke Hutchins (Tift Merritt's drummer).
CD reviews for Chatham County Line
Sight & Sound
For a band whose live show is essential to understanding just how they create their finely crafted sound, a live album is a no-brainer. Someone in the Chatham County Line camp definitely had their thinking cap on when they decided to bundle a live album with a companion DVD of the same performances, allowing fans to not only hear, but see the band in its natural habitat on stage.
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Never a pure bluegrass act, North Carolina's Chatham County Line have yet to totally forsake their roots in the music of Bill Monroe, either. The band's strength has always been that it records compelling contemporary tunes in a timeless style that appeals to listeners young and old; this latest set of songs continues that trend, echoing the folk and roots side of everyone from Bob Dylan to Uncle Tupelo.
Ringing In My Ears, for example, is a clever Dylanesque run-through of lyrics »»»
Since their self-titled debut album released in 2003, Chatham County Line has blurred the lines between bluegrass, folk, rock and Americana. On their latest, the group joins a host of artists intent on incorporating new sounds into bluegrass. Chatham County Line shows that they are influenced as much by folk legend Bob Dylan and rockers The Band as Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers.
"Chip of a Star" features some of the most melodic hooks on the album. The lyrics are a bit »»»
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