Chatham County Line – New Release
Available May 20 2014
Yep Roc Records
Yep Roc Records has announced the release of Tightrope, the sixth studio album from the Raleigh NC-based four-piece Chatham County Line. Available May 20 2014, Tightrope follows 2010’s winsome, soulful Wildwood and the career-spanning concert album and film undertaking Sight & Sound which was released in 2012 (see Michael Podrid’s cover shot above).
I first noticed Chatham County Line through their 2008 release IV (as good a name as any given it was their fourth release). It was I felt a very impressive outing and I particularly liked the fact the traditional bluegrass sound was blended with some excellent, personal and profound song-writing, rather than the traditional ‘grass formula. This hit home to me even further when I was lucky enough to catch some of their set as part of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival in their home town in 2013. Here is a track from IV.
Tightrope was born out of a year’s worth of intense focus, during which the band examined their own legacy while carefully honing new material. All the while, the band’s four members – Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano) – welcomed spontaneity and the sometimes palpable will of the songs themselves into the process.
“At the end of the day,” Dave Wilson says, “you really want to write songs that have a reason for existing. For Tightrope, we worked together very closely on every decision and every word and every bit of everything to try to make it fit. We want every song to be on the greatest hits or the live album.”
Recorded at Sound Pure Studios in Durham, NC and produced by Wilson and Chatham County Line, Tightrope reportedly benefits from an unusually rich, resonant sound that blends each member’s contributions into a powerful, dynamic whole. The poetic insight of the album’s eleven original songs is grounded by Chatham County Line’s ongoing commitment to classic stringband instrumentation.
Stream a track from the album, “Any Port In A Storm” in the player below.
Track Listing of Tightrope:
Should Have Known
Any Port in a Storm
Girl She Used to Be
Tightrope of Love
Ships At Sea
Love I Found
Will You Still Love Me
Chatham County Line Tour Dates:
March 14 – Lee Street Theater – Salisbury, NC
April 9 – Music City Roots – Nashville, TN
April 11 – Down Home – Johnson City, TN
April 12 – Clementine – Harrisonburg, VA