As we land in 2020, Chatham County Line celebrate being a staple of the North Carolina music scene for two decades.
Embracing an all acoustic instrumentation and the modern songwriting of leader Dave Wilson, the band has graced stages all across the US as well as Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. With seven studio albums of original material to pull from, Chatham County Line has a sound all their own and a stage show to match. Songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Dave Wilson pulls tunes out of an ether that is inspired by a shelf bending collection of vinyl records from the 1920s to the 2020s. One listen to their all covers release Sharing the Covers will give you an idea of those inspirations, with songs from the likes of Wilco and Beck shared with those of John Lennon, Tom Petty and John Hartford.
With the upcoming 2020 release on Yep Roc Records of Strange Fascination, the band decided to push their sound a little bit more into the modern world and embrace the use of drums both in studio and onstage. “We’ve had drums on several albums, most notably Wildwood, and our audience always responded well to those tunes” says Dave Wilson. John Teer who rotates from mandolin to fiddle all while singing soaring harmony adds “We’ve done an Electric Holiday Tour for the past twelve years that features an expanded group of musicians on the stage so we’re no stranger to a backbeat.”
With twenty years behind and clear skies ahead, look out for Dave Wilson, John Teer, and Greg Readling as well as a rotating cadre of drummers to keep travelling the highways, byways and airways to share their special canon of songs with the world.