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Chatham County Line walks a "Tightrope"

Thursday, February 27, 2014 – Chatham Country Line will release its sixth studio album, "Tightrope," on May 20 on Yep Roc.

"Tightrope" follows 2010's soulful "Wildwood" and the career-spanning concert album and film undertaking "Sight & Sound," which was released in 2012.

The Raleigh, N.C. quartet is Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano).

"At the end of the day," Wilson said, "you really want to write songs that have a reason for existing. For 'Tightrope,' we worked together very closely on every decision and every word and every bit of everything to try to make it fit. We want every song to be on the greatest hits or the live album."

Songs are:
The Traveler
Should Have Known
Any Port in a Storm
Girl She Used to Be
Tightrope of Love
Ships At Sea
Love I Found
Hawk
Sixteen Years
Will You Still Love Me
Final Reward

Tour dates are:
March 14 - Lee Street Theater - Salisbury, NC
April 9 - Music City Roots - Nashville
April 11 - Down Home - Johnson City, TN
April 12 - Clementine - Harrisonburg, VA

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