Friday, April 20, 2012, 7:30 pm Chatham County Line Admission: $15 | $18 at the door
Ten years in, the four gentlemen that form Chatham County Line have a lot to reflect on. Sold out shows in the US and overseas, appearances on national Radio and TV, four solid selling records, and four really dirty suits. “We want to be the band that puts on the most professional show in the business of what we do” reflects singer/guitarist/writer Dave Wilson. “I get tired of going to a show and the band stands around on stage doing nothing for 40% of the gig. If you’re there for us, we are gonna prove we are there for you.”
It is that sincerity of showmanship and professionalism that has led to countless miles on the road for CCL. “We’ve wore out two vans by now and I’ve actually worn out a few ties as well, you ever hear of someone wearing out a tie?” asks John Teer, mandolin, fiddle and high tenor singer for the band. It is this sweat equity that has fans driving hundreds of miles to catch Chatham County Line at work on the road. “We’ve had fans travel from another country to catch a show,” reflects banjoist Chandler Holt, continuing, “That’s when you know you’re doing something right.”
Releasing IV to critical acclaim in 2008, CCL was invited to be on “Later…with Jools Holland” on BBC 2 in the UK alongside such acts as The Raconteurs, Nick Cave, and Bon Iver. “Now that was a party,” muses Standup Bassist Greg Readling, adding “When you’ve got those guys coming up and introducing themselves to you, all the miles just melt away.”
The band released Wildwood in the summer of 2010 and continues to burn up stages from the southeast to the northwest and overseas from Bristol, UK to Amsterdam…and of course, their home away from home, Norway.
On the road they can be seen on the stages of festivals such as Merlefest, Grey Fox, Rockygrass, The Winnipeg Folk Fest, Pickathon, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Shakori Hills, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Pickin’ in the Pines, 3 Sisters, Bergenfest (NO), Lowlands (NL), Take Root (NL), and Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots (IE). TV and Radio appearances include Later…with Jools Holland (BBC 2), God Morgen Norge (NO), Bob Harris Country (BBC 2), McLean’s Country (BBC IE), Shouting Boots Radio 6 (NL), NRK Lydverket (NO), World Cafe Live (WXPN), The State of Things (WUNC), and numerous other national, regional, local, and interweb broadcasts.