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 of forming an acoustic country band, and fiddle and mandolin master John Teer and banjo player Chandler Holt were Stillhouse fans interested in making music with a purer sound. The four friends began jamming together in 1999, and within a year they formed Chatham County Line.  

Chatham County Line began earning accolades for their inventive take on bluegrass music, having been named the Best New Bluegrass Band at the 2004 RockyGrass Competition in Lyons, Colorado, while receiving similar honors at the 2006 Indie Music Awards. Chatham County Line also found themselves becoming unlikely stars in Norway after the group was recruited by popular Norwegian singer/songwriter Jonas Fjeld to back him on a concert tour; a live album from the tour, Amerikabesok, was released in 2007 and became a major chart success in Norway.  They have 8 albums out on influential North Carolina indie label Yep Roc.

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