Chatham County Line has been a staple of the North Carolina music scene for over two decades. Embracing the heart-worn songwriting and rough-hewn voice of leader Dave Wilson, the band has graced stages all across the U.S. as well as Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. With eight studio albums of original material to pull from, CCL has a sound all their own and a live 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” from 2019 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 recording of 2020’s Yep Roc Records release 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 12 years that features an expanded group of musicians on the stage, so we’re no stranger to a backbeat.”
With 20 years behind and clear skies ahead, look for Dave Wilson (acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), and Greg Readling (Standup Bass, Pedal Steel) as well as North Carolina staple Dan Hall on drums to keep traveling the highways, byways and airways to share their special canon of songs with the world.