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Pegging Chatham County Line as a “progressive” bluegrass combo is both accurate and misleading. On IV, the North Carolina foursome continues to adhere to traditional instrumentation and bask in an old-timey atmosphere, but lead singer/guitarist Dave Wilson’s bittersweet croon of a voice owes as much to Paul McCartney as to Bill Monroe or Ricky Skaggs, while his group’s songwriting stretches beyond typical bluegrass limitations. Closely matched harmonies and vigorous picking infuse “I Got Worry” and “Let It Rock” with a back-porch party spirit. The lilting “Chip of a Star” and the feisty “Whipping Boy” fuse British pop with Appalachian motifs. There are echoes of the Grateful Dead’s laid-back fatalism in “Sweet Eviction” and the Everly Brothers’ tender romanticism in “One More Minute.” “Birmingham Jail” audaciously — and effectively — revisits the ‘60s Civil Rights struggle in mountaineer ballad form. As producer, veteran cult rocker Chris Stamey encourages the band’s expansive urges, nudging them further into alt-pop realms. Call them blue-, new- or post-grass, Chatham County Line makes IV into a transcendent experience.

Customer Reviews

IV is fantastic!

It all started at Atlanta's Red Light Cafe, where a couple friends and I decided, one chilly Thursday night, to check out some band called Chatham County Line. The general consensus: "THAT'S what music should sound like." Since that night, having had plenty of time to further familiarize myself with their studio work, it’s clear that this latest album from the boys seems to mimic the quality of their earlier releases, providing one or two instantly catchy tunes, a couple fine instrumental numbers, some haunting melodies, and a generally well-rounded collection of intelligent song writing and prolific musicianship. Other modern bluegrass bands may get the press and the sold out theaters – and not undeservingly – but Chatham just has a special way of twisting you through the highs and lows of human emotion. Highlights include The Carolina, Birmingham Jail, and Thanks.

one more time

This album definitely tops them all. I got to attend one of the opening shows for the album in Raleigh. Fell in love with this album from the fist time I heard it. I've been a long time fan, and this album mixes a modern muscial interpretation of classic bluegrass topics such as trains (gotta love The Carolina), to lonliness and missed love, to the classic parting song (One More Minute) which they do so well.

Do yourself a favor and buy all of their records!

True modern bluegrass. Not new grass or patronizing old grass. This quartet is honest and legitimate. The songs are beautiful. "She" is a gorgeous waltz with beautiful harmonies. Real modern writers and players. I didnt think that they could top Route 23. Then I didnt think they could top Speed of the Whippoorwill. Now I am wondering how they can top IV- but cant wait to see them do it!

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Raleigh, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Merging a traditional bluegrass sound and first-class picking with pithy songwriting that often confronts personal issues and political matters head on, Chatham County Line are a North Carolina foursome who first came together in 1999. In the mid-'90s, guitarist Dave Wilson was a member of a country-rock band called Stillhouse, whose sound merged Gram Parsons and Neil Young, when he met Greg Readling, a pedal steel player who could also handle upright bass. Both were interested in the possibility...
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