I’ve been a fan of Raleigh’s Chatham County Line for a number of years now. The band’s 2008 album, IV, with songs like “The Carolinian” and “Chip of a Star,” have stood the test of time and I still play them often. But last month the band released Tightrope (Amazon & Spotify), an album that’s quickly become my favorite from the band so far and already one of my favorite albums of the year. Featuring the distinctly emotive lead vocals of Dave Wilson, songs like “Traveler” and “Hawk” mesh traditional instrumentation with modern Americana choruses. Also of note, “Ships at Sea” blends the mountain voices of Wilson and mandolinist John Teer with a layer of piano for a pretty memorable number that I can’t stop listening to.
Check out those tracks below and look for the band’s set at Telluride on Friday, June 20th. You can download this Telluride NoiseTrade sampler, which also features tracks from fellow Yep Roc beauty Aoife O’Donovan, for the chance to win free tickets to the festival.