Formed in Raleigh in 1999, Chatham County Line has emerged as one of those unique branches of tone and approach in bluegrass. Whereas other popular groups may focus on lightning-fast finger pickin’ or a thunderous foot-stomp, Chatham County Line adheres more to the songwriting, ballad roots of the genre.

Smoky Mountain News: And what is the importance of bluegrass and string music, in sound and tradition, as we push further into a modern world of technology and distraction?

Dave Wilson (vocals/guitar): Folk music was always a well to tell a story and an excuse to spend time together making music and singing. All those ages ago before the 78 rpm, the music they made was the music a family had to dance to on a Saturday night. I feel there will always be a part of the population that experiences music through creation rather than Memorex so as long as they continue to make strings this will continue.

Chatham County Line will perform at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at Sorrells Street Park in Canton.

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