A Subtle Beauty And Poetic Message: Chatham County Line’s Strange Fascination


Even before the novel coronavirus pandemic turned life upside down, major changes were afoot for Chatham County Line. Banjo player Chandler Holt departed, although he is still playing with them on their new album and even joins them on some of their virtual concerts on their YouTube channel lately. Sonically, the big difference with Strange Fascination is the addition of drums — Yan Westerlund, who is known for his playing in Mipso and Phil Cook’s group, is heard throughout the album, which was recorded at Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium studio; Chris Boerner, who is often featured on guitar when touring with Hiss Golden Messenger, mixed and mastered it. The band has also moved away from using a single, ribbon type old school microphone towards singing into individual mics.

(L to R) John Teer, Dave Wilson, Greg Readling and Yan Westerlund in concert

(L to R) John Teer, Dave Wilson, Greg Readling and Yan Westerlund in concert

Chatham County Line songwriter and frontman Dave Wilson and multi-instrumentalist John Teer are our guests on this episode of Southern Songs and Stories, where you will hear songs from their latest album, Strange Fascination, along with conversation on their lives in the midst of a pandemic, how they enlisted Sharon Van Etten to sing on the album’s title track, how Dave enjoys writing lyrics that make their point subtly and poetically, and more.

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Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line

Songs heard in this episode:

“Oh Me Oh My” from Strange Fascination (excerpt) 

“Strange Fascination from Strange Fascination 

“Free Again” from Strange Fascination

“Your Don’t Know How It Feels” from Sharing The Covers (excerpt)

“Brice’s Crossroads” from Speed Of The Whippoorwill (excerpt)