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Chatham County Line & Kate Rhudy – Blue Ridge Music Center
August 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chatham County Line
Chatham County Line has never been shy about crossing borders. Birthed from country rockers Stillhouse in 1999, the Raleigh, NC-based quartet initially referred to its sound as new traditional, “We were in love with bluegrass, so we wanted to play bluegrass without really being trained in it,” Chatham County Line’s vocalist/guitarist Dave Wilson says. The group used the term “guerrilla bluegrass” to describe themselves in those early years, mainly because they had such a mobile form of playing.
“We don’t need electricity to do anything, so we would play on street corners everywhere. We just thought we were kind of a traditional band as far as instrumentation.” But Wilson says they only got away with that for a short while after their eponymous 2003 debut, on a quest to find their own voice. ”We’re rock and roll kids, and we came to it for the love of the genre and the style of performing.” He insists that nobody who knew bluegrass ever thought they were a ‘grass band. “We’re kind of an Americana band without drums, or a rock and roll band who doesn’t plug anything in.”
The band’s name comes from one of their very first practices when the then—unnamed group—Wilson on guitar, vocals, and harp; John Teer on mandolin and fiddle; Chandler Holt on banjo; and Greg Readling covering bass, pedal steel, and piano duties, were trying to find Holt’s place in Chapel Hill and got lost. “We crossed the Chatham County line, and we never looked back,” Wilson says. “Just saw the sign, and said that’d be a good idea for a name, and the next thing you know….”
Rock N’ Roll Ain’t For Me, last year’s debut from Raleigh singer-songwriter Kate Rhudy, reinterprets well-worn folk with a new vibrancy. “I’ve always written letters to people, and then never sent them.” Rock N’ Roll Ain’t For Me is the collection of those letters, journal entries— they’re stories shared with the honesty and authority. Rhudy grew up playing both classical violin and attending fiddlers conventions but Rock N’ Roll Ain’t For Me finds her years later as a writer. Produced by Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin, the album sounds warm with a full band accompanying Rhudy even in its loneliest moments. So as you listen to her sing on “Valentine,” “Someone once broke my heart by handing me a toothbrush,” you can’t help but feel close to Kate Rhudy, you can’t help but feel that you’ve just made a friend.” — Ashleigh Phillips
$20 Adult General Admission
Children 12 and Under – Free