VIDEO: ‘Chatham County Line’ Paints the Grass Blue May 10
Bluegrass returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, with Chatham County Line. Special guest, local bluegrass band The Badly Bent opens the show at 7:30pm. The dance floor will be open.
For nearly two decades, the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Chatham County Line has consistently crafted top-notch, original modern acoustic music that draws upon American roots forefathers such as bluegrass inventor Bill Monroe and folk innovator John Hartford, while acknowledging its own members’ backgrounds in rock ‘n’ roll. The band has a deep reverence for timeless bluegrass instrumentation while creating insightful, poetic original songs that are powerfully contemporary, yet rich with the complex resonance of the band members’ southern heritage.
Key to the sound is the close collaboration of the band’s four members: Dave Wilson (guitar/vocals), John Teer (mandolin/fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo) and Greg Readling (bass/pedal steel), who have all lived within a 20-mile radius of each other in the Raleigh, North Carolina area since the ensemble formed.
Songwriter Wilson compares his band to both an old bowling alley, in that it reliably delivers a familiar experience that keeps customers coming back year after year. On stage, the musical relationships fostered by the consistent line-up are apparent, and an unspoken chemistry allows the freedom for improvisational flashes that seem as polished as the rest of the set. Those moments keep performances fresh while the band’s best-known songs remain concert staples – all to please the fans.
Chatham County Line is touring in support of its latest release, Autumn, which includes poignant songwriting and inventive acoustic arrangements that draw upon American roots influences, while highlighting the band’s trademark three and four-part harmonies.
Wrote PopMatters.com, “They are masterful pickers and varied songwriters capable of creating an infectious backdrop for their audiences to behold with their innovative, masterclass harmonies.”
Special guest The Badly Bent is known for its high energy traditional bluegrass, including tight lead and harmony vocals, award-winning pickin’ and a warm and friendly stage presence. The Durango-based band has found a niche with a variety of audiences, able to enthuse a range of music fans, from the traditional bluegrass aficionado to the newer, jam-grass genre fan. The band features Cindi Trautmann (fiddle/vocals), Fred Kossak (guitar/vocals), Mark Epstein (banjo, dobro, vocals), Robb Brophy (mandolin/vocals) and Cody Tinnin (bass/vocals).
Tickets for Chatham County Line, with special guest The Badly Bent, ($24/$19) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or call 970.247.7657, or visit the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave., Downtown Durango. All sales final.