Chatham County Line
On their 5th studio album, North Carolina string band Chatham County Line show no signs of ruining the good thing they’ve got going. Each album they’ve cranked out has been a keeper, and Wildwood is a grower, to say the least. Solid songwriting abounds; on “Ringing In My Ears,” they spin a host of hoary old rock and roll lyrics into a Dylan-esque stomper. “She said there’s 50 ways to leave your lover/I said your still crazy after all these years.” “Ghost Of Woody Guthrie” pays tribute to the holy muse and acknowledges that human suffering still persists. “Blue Jay Way” isn’t a Beatles cover; instead it’s a minor key meditation on love and loneliness with high-mountain-harmonies. The band chose to produce themselves this time around, a decision which seems to have borne fruit. Put Chatham County Line on your play list, pronto.