CHATHAM COUNTY LINE
Ten years in, the four gentlemen of
Chatham County Line have a lot to reflect on: sold Chatham County Line
out shows in the US and abroad, appearances on
national radio & 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," says
singer/guitarist/songwriter Dave Wilson. "If you've taken your time to be there for us, we are going to prove we are
there for you." It's that sincerity of showmanship and professionalism that has led to countless miles on the road
for CCL. "We've worn out two vans by now and I've actually worn out a few ties as well," says John Te John Teer John Teer. "You ever er
hear of someone wearing out a tie?" Teer plays mandolin and fiddle and sings high tenor for the band. It is this
commitment that has fans driving hundreds of miles to see Chatham County Line Chatham County Line 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 Greg Readling Greg Readling. "When you've got those guys coming up and introducing themselves to
you, all the miles just melt away."
The newest addition to their catalog, Wildwood, is no departure from the path CCL has been carving during its
decade of existence. Another strong batch of songs, with solid melodies and lyrics, telling the tales of what all those
years on the road have brought to them. "I guess I'm out of the running / Thanks for your applause," sings Dave
Wilson on the track Out of the Running. "We may never grace the cover of Rolling Stone," Dave says, "but at this
point, that is not something we care about. We might reach for the stars, but we're mostly concerned with making
great music that speaks to us and our fans."
It's this sense of dedication that fuels songs such as Crop Comes In, a great showcase for the addition of drums to
the band's usual all-string lineup. "Yeah, so we have Zeke Hutchins (Tift Merritt, Sara Watkins, Hotel Lights) sitting
there in the studio on a rare break from the road, so lets put him to work," Wilson explains. "Though we're still
going to tour as a four piece acoustic band, a record is something special, right?
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