If one wants to hear music from Chatham County Line's newest CD, it is recommended that you attend the concert tonight at the Depot rather than popping it in the CD player while driving through the road construction on Main Street.
The bluegrass band has been traveling the U.S. on a tour promoting their CD, IV, which was released on March 4, and they've been getting great reviews.
"So, when (vocalist) Wilson would like to see the listener keep the beat as fifth member and drummer, 'whether it be stomping your foot or tapping on the steering wheel,' his sentiment is neither all that surprising nor entirely advisable," writes Alan Brown of Pop Matters. "Because listening to the choice acoustic rockers ... whilst positioned behind the wheel of any form of transport is a lawsuit waiting to happen."
Band members Dave Wilson, lead vocalist and guitar, John Teer, fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals, Chandler Holt, five-string banjo and Greg Readling, bass, harmony vocals, have been together for eight years touring the U.S. and Europe constantly. They will perform in the Depot tonight at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce concert series.
Activities Council member Don Powers said this is CCL's second performance in Thomson. Although the crowd was small at the first performance, Mr. Powers said the band called and asked to come back because they received such a good reception here, and this time should be even better.
"I think what makes them unique is that they take traditional bluegrass instrumentation, and use them to do their own songs," Mr. Powers said. "They take traditional music and go a whole new direction with it. They have good singing and great song writing."
The Chamber of Commerce Concert Series is presented in cooperation with the Activities Council of Thomson, WTHO radio and the Thomson-McDuffie County Convention Visitors Bureau. Mr. Powers said the Activities Council mission is to bring cultural events to the community.
Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. Call 706-597-1000 for more information.
For additional information on the band, including video or audio samples, go to www.chathamcountyline.com.