Chatham County Line from the album Sharing the Covers available on Yep Roc Records
The latest from Americana/bluegrass outfit Chatham County Line finds the band dipping into influences and fandom for Sharing the Covers, thirteen covers from artists such as Wilco, The Rolling Stones, Beck and more. Sharing the Covers collects songs kicked around the Chatham County Line repertoire as sound-check tunes or guilty pleasures.
They keep arrangements close to the original versions but with the distinct and laid-back drawl of vocalist Dave Wilson. A loose and laid-back version of Wilco’s “I Got You (At the End of the Century)” kicks off Sharing the Covers, followed by Indie R&B crooner James Hunter’s “People Gonna Talk”, the Chatham Country Line version leaning towards a gospel vibe. Chandler Holt’s banjo rips through The Ventures “Walk Don’t Run” while Tom Wilson and John Teer duet The Louvin Brothers-style with their own stunning harmonies on “My Baby’s Gone.”
Tom Petty is honored with a straight-shot version of “You Don’t Know How it Feels” and John Lennon’s “Watching the Wheels” sounds as if it was written for banjo and mandolin fills. Leo Kottke’s “Bumblebee” is acoustic Pop and Del Reeves “Girl on the Billboard” is pretty playful. Chatham County Line keep some covers close to home when Tom Holt takes the vocals on The Stanley Brothers “Think of What You’ve Done” (CCL picking faster than the Ricky Skaggs version). John Hartford’s “Tear Down the Grand Ole Opry” is wrenching and keyboards are brought in for a beautiful version of Alton Delmore’s (recognizable from Doc and Merle Watson) “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar.” Sharing the Covers provides a listen to what Chatham County Lines spins on the stereo.
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