11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chatham County Line are an untraditional band in a deeply traditional genre. The Raleigh-based quartet play bluegrass as well as any contemporary American group; just check out the crisp picking and tight vocal and instrumental harmonies throughout the album. Yet their focus is on songcraft rather than technique. “The Traveler” and “Girl She Used to Be” are rich, melancholy love songs. Challenging arrangements adorn “Ships at Sea” and the soldier's elegy “Final Reward,” which features piano and a French horn. The band pick up the tempo with the standout “Tightrope of Love,” while “Sixteen Years” is a midtempo tune that borrows a melody line from Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.” “Hawk” is a sparse and moving tribute to a World War II fighter pilot. The album's self-reflective lyrics are well crafted and poignant, touching on themes not usually associated with bluegrass. Befitting such mature material, Tightrope's pace is slower overall yet unfailingly affecting.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chatham County Line are an untraditional band in a deeply traditional genre. The Raleigh-based quartet play bluegrass as well as any contemporary American group; just check out the crisp picking and tight vocal and instrumental harmonies throughout the album. Yet their focus is on songcraft rather than technique. “The Traveler” and “Girl She Used to Be” are rich, melancholy love songs. Challenging arrangements adorn “Ships at Sea” and the soldier's elegy “Final Reward,” which features piano and a French horn. The band pick up the tempo with the standout “Tightrope of Love,” while “Sixteen Years” is a midtempo tune that borrows a melody line from Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.” “Hawk” is a sparse and moving tribute to a World War II fighter pilot. The album's self-reflective lyrics are well crafted and poignant, touching on themes not usually associated with bluegrass. Befitting such mature material, Tightrope's pace is slower overall yet unfailingly affecting.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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Bluegrass

Love the sound, but not country...bluegrass.

BulldogLover93 ,

Beautiful!!!

In love with this album. :)

Kristen Hill ,

Chatham County Line’s Best Album Yet

4 long years had gone by since CCL’s last studio album, and as soon as I started listening to this album, I could tell it was going to be a good one. I feel that this is a more delicate record than the others, and a little more soft spoken, but in a good way. The bluegrass four-some have completely brought the beauty of North Carolina, intricate instrumental parts and relatable lyrics to life in “Tightrope”. Absolutely beautiful job on this record. It’ll be on repeat on my vinyl player for a long while I’m sure.

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