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Chatham County Line

When: Fri., May 30 2014

In 2012, Chatham County Line, the austere and affable Americana quartet from Raleigh, released Sight & Sound, a live recording and documentary that tried to encapsulate a decade done well. The band—four voices, a bass, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and banjo, all gathered around one microphone—had released five albums by that point, each pushing gently afield from the band's bluegrass core. But Tightrope, the group's sixth studio record and first in four years, is perhaps the better document of that steady stylistic expansion. It scans like a Chatham County Line Greatest Hits collection, somehow built on new songs. There are spunky love numbers and romantic testimonials, bittersweet gazes and nostalgic wonders. In 11 tracks, Chatham County Line revisits and revives everything they've done right. After a long run of releasing new records every year or two, the quartet smartly slowed its approach for Tightrope, writing and rewriting as a group. The result is their most compelling and lived-in album to date, where each number feels less like a mere song than a well-developed character with a backstory, a personality and, most of all, an indomitable air of charm. Mipso opens.—Grayson Haver Currin

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