On Thursday February 9th the men of Chatham County Line came to Borger for an evening of true Bluegrass music. As it happens I’ve seen them before, a long long time ago. It was on the Take Root festival back in 2005. A time when I was just switching from analog photography to digital and I’m happy to see the guys of Chatham County Line have NOT done the same and are still playing true blue ‘analog’.
The stage setup is pretty simple: a single (and beautiful) central microphone for vocals, so all the guys will have to gather around that. The double bass has a microphone attached to it’s snares but that’s about as plugged in as it gets, the other instruments (guitar, banjo, mandolin and violin) play into microphones on stage (and therefor not plugged in).
It gives the band a very much real, natural feeling sound that is complemented by their voices. Together they sound very strong.
Most songs are -as you would expect- true blue bluegrass, but they add a bit of soul with gospelsongs and in the end even a bluegrass version of the Rolling Stones’ “Maybe the last time” .
The venue was well filled tonight and the guys have been on a grand tour which had them in Paradise/Amsterdam the night before and now in that grand old church of Borger. A terrific night with lots of beautiful songs. A big thank you to Roots on the Road and Vanslag. And of course to Chatham County Line!
As a bonus -I had to dig into the archives a bit- here’s a photo of the guys performing at the Take Root festival back in 2005. Not much has changed over the years :)