Fundraising concert to take place Oct. 17

By Nathan Ham - [email protected]

Courtesy Photo Chatham County Line will perform at Ashe Civic Center on Oct. 17.

WEST JEFFERSON — A recent MerleFest performer will come to the Ashe County Civic Center for a fundraising concert on Oct. 17.

Chatham County Line is a dynamic and captivating band who has played most recently at MerleFest 2015.

The Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 each and are general admission and go on sale Sept. 17. Doors to the event will open at 6:30 p.m. for visitors to grab a good seat and to check out the great auction items that will be available both before the show and during intermission.

All proceeds from the concert will go to support Ashe County Children’s Trust Endowment. The trust endowment is used to fund multiple organizations that help children in the county, including Ashe County Partnership for Children and Ashe County 4-H programs through the Ashe County Cooperative Extension. The Ashe County Children’s Trust Endowment is also a member of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County Line bring a deep reverence for traditional American roots music and timeless bluegrass instrumentation to insightful, poetic original songs that are powerfully contemporary yet rich with the complex resonance of their southern heritage. Over the course of six studio albums and performances around the world, they have pursued a singular style that is entirely their own, yet connects with audiences from all walks.

Chatham County Line is equally capable of classically hard-driving bluegrass and sparse, haunting ballads. The key to their sound lays in the close collaboration of the band’s four members: Dave Wilson on guitar, John Teer on mandolin and fiddle, Chandler Holt on banjo and Greg Readling on bass.

In person, the band is a marvel of rugged soulfulness, veering from winningly loose to thrillingly tight. It’s readily apparent that these four men share a profound friendship, and love what they do. “With this band,” Wilson says, “you can’t just rotate a guy out and replace him. It’s something larger than that. It’s a big train we’re riding on, and everybody’s enjoying the ride.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce at 336-846-9550 or the Ashe County Arts Council 336-846-2787.

For more information on Ashe County Partnership for Children, call 336-982-4588, or for more information on the Ashe County Cooperative Extension, call 336-846-5850.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

Courtesy Photo Chatham County Line will perform at Ashe Civic Center on Oct. 17. Photo Chatham County Line will perform at Ashe Civic Center on Oct. 17.

By Nathan Ham

[email protected]

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