And based on looks alone, Chatham County Line conjures a sepia-toned timelessness by huddling around a single microphone on stage, playing traditional string band instrumentation while clad in suits and ties. But for nearly two decades, the Raleigh, NC-based outfit has consistently crafted top-notch, original modern acoustic music that draws upon American roots forefathers while acknowledging its own members’ backgrounds in rock bands.
Built around songwriter/guitarist Dave Wilson’s clever lines and compelling vignettes, their sound is a treasure trove of the wistful balladry and dynamic toe-tappers that have become hallmarks of the band. John Teer (mandolin/fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass) add stellar three- and four-part harmonies for vocal highlights, while their impeccable yet unconventional picking—rooted in bluegrass but informed by a wealth of other influences—impresses without overshadowing Wilson’s rich storytelling.
Friday, May 3, 8 pm. Tickets Reserved seating $25/$30 premium