Saturday, March 30 The Spinning Jenny will be hosting bluegrass band Chatham County Line to celebrate the release of their latest CD “Sharing the Covers.” As you might have guessed from the title, this is an album of cover songs that highlight the band’s influences, and if you aren’t familiar with Chatham County Line, their influences may surprise you.
Chatham County Line is comprised of Dave Wilson (guitar, harmonica, and vocals), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle, and vocal), Chandler Holt (banjo, guitar, and vocal), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano, and vocal). When you see this band, you get much of what you’d expect from a great bluegrass band—wonderfully talented musicians huddled around a single microphone stand playing warm, intimate bluegrass music with minimal amplification.
Chatham County Line doesn’t rely solely on the music handed down through the generations by bluegrass greats such as Bill Munroe , Earl Scruggs, or Lester Flat for its inspiration. This band has influences that range from John Lennon, Keith Richards, Wilco, Leo Kottke, and Beck. “Sharing the Covers” is a tribute to all of these musical influences. And while these influences are often in the rock and roll genre, Chatham County Line’s masterful renditions of these songs are decidedly bluegrass.
Take their cover of the song “Think I’m in Love” by Beck. The song’s unmistakably unique alternative rock style driven by a simple back beat and bass line, decorated with keyboard and guitar seems almost impossible to cover without completely ruining the song. But Chatham County Line delivers a true bluegrass rendition with balanced harmonies sung over a rich tapestry of upright bass and acoustic guitar, embellished with mandolin and banjo. This song is transformed from a uncomfortable counter-culture alternative rock song to a warm and inviting, intimate bluegrass performance.
Whether or not your a bluegrass aficionado, if you love intimate acoustic music driven by delicately balanced vocal harmonies, you’ll enjoy Chatham County Line. Come out to The Spinning Jenny on Saturday, March 30. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available. Don’t pass up this opportunity to experience some of the finest acoustic music you’ll ever hear.