If, like me, you missed a chance to catch Chatham County Line’s “electric,” you’re in luck.
The Raleigh, North Carolina-based acoustic string ensemble played the set last year at MerleFest and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual festival.
But they’re far from done.
These harmonic boys, whose music has been described as falling somewhere between Del McCoury and the Jayhawks, are back in Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Saxapahaw, North Carolina, over the next three days.
Trust me, you don’t want to miss this show.
The three-hour long extravaganza showcases the group’s multiple talents in ways I’ve never experienced, and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing CCL perform many times at MerleFest, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, IBMA and in between over the past decade.
The hour-plus acoustic set kicked off the “Electric Holiday” evening with some tunes from CCL’s most recent album, “Autumn,” (which I reviewed here and makes a great Christmas gift imho) as well as some chestnuts (see what I did there?) including “Route 23” and one of my personal favorites, “The Carolinian,” which I believe must be a requisite tune for the Richmond set list as well.
And while a few seasonal tunes are thrown in here and there, don’t expect this to be a “holiday” music show. As frontman Dave Wilson (singer, songwriter, guitar, harmonica) described it, “It’s more of a three-eggnog set,” which delighted the hometown Raleigh crowd Wednesday night at the Lincoln Theatre, where the show kicked off this week’s aforementioned four-city “Electric Holiday Tour.”
Wilson said the group debuted the Yep Roc Records album “Route 23” back when many in the audience were still in elementary school.
Following a brief intermission, the “electric” set lit up the group, with a little help from some friends, including Jay Brown on bass and Evans Nicholson on drums as well as the packed house. The raucous electric set is clearly a nod to the band members’ former selves, when they all performed in rock groups before coming together as CCL.