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December 5th, 2023

Chatham County Line Unveil Music Video for New Single, “Magic”


Raleigh, NC-based Chatham County Line share the official video for “Magic,” the second single unveiled from Hiyo, the band’s tenth studio album out January 26 on Yep Roc Records; pre-order/pre-save here.

The video premiered today with Glide Magazine who noted, “Magic” is an enchantingly optimistic tune lined with a slightly psychedelic twang and a heavenly vocal performance that blends Everlys and Wilburys.” Filmed during the band’s night out at Shania Twain’s Raleigh concert, of “Magic” singer/guitarist Dave Wilson offers, “We go to concerts to be amazed and dumbfounded, to laugh and cry, to dream and fall in love. When we play a show, it’s not just music. It’s magic.”

Watch/Share: “Magic” Official Video

The album’s rousing opener, “Right On Time,” was the first single released and is a rollicking, harmony-driven ode to young love and the open road, balancing nostalgia with the contemporary setting the stage for the band’s first album in four years.

In support of the album, the band will kick off the first leg of their U.S. tour on February 16 at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC, followed by a run of shows in NC, including their hometown of Raleigh, as well as Atlanta, Charleston and their fourth appearance at Merlefest,  one of America’s premier roots festival in Wilkesboro, NC in April. A list of dates is below; tickets are now on sale

Recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain, the highly anticipated tenth studio album was co-produced by Dave Wilson and Nashville-based Rachael Moore (Kacey Musgraves, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss), whom the band befriended during a stint serving as the backing band on the Showtime series George & Tammy, shot in Wilmington, NC. “I could tell the guys were ready to go somewhere new, and I wanted to see how far we could stretch the boundaries,” offers Moore. “We agreed we’d still do things thoughtfully and be true to who they were, but this felt like a chance to explore some springs that they maybe hadn’t gotten to tap into before.”

“The best music is made with complete total freedom,” says singer/guitarist Dave Wilson. “We spent a lot of years pushing at the fences, but with this album, we’ve finally busted out of the corral.” Fueled by new sounds, collaborators, and experimenting with fresh sonic palettes and innovative approaches to instrumentations, Hiyo marks an evolution for the band, who spent 15 years performing around a single microphone and chose to add a drummer to their touring lineup after the 2020 departure of their banjo player.  

The resulting album takes Chatham County Line’s enduring sound and injects it with an adventurous spirit of discovery and vitality, incorporating synthesizers, drum machines, and more electric guitar and percussion than ever before, rounded out by Dave Wilson’s classic songwriting – rich, evocative tales of love and heartbreak, joy and sorrow, revenge and righteousness. “There’s this liberating element to getting rid of all the preconceptions about who we are and what we sound like, and I think it shows in these songs,” says Dave Wilson.

A roots music staple for over two decades, Chatham County Line Dave Wilson (vocal, guitars, harmonica, synthesizer, banjo); John Teer (mandolin, fiddle, guitars, vocal); and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano, clavinet, organ, vocal) – built a devoted following on the strength of their genre-bending live show before breaking out internationally in 2003 with their self-titled debut. Since then, the band’s critically acclaimed albums have topped Billboard Bluegrass charts four times, they’ve shared the bill with the likes of Lyle Lovett and Guy Clark to The Avett Brothers and Steve Martin & Martin Short, and have collaborated with Judy Collins, Sharon Van Etten, and Jonas Fjeld. 

Chatham County Line Tour Dates

December 8 – 5 Points Music Sanctuary – Roanoke, VA

February 16 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC

February 17 – Rialto Theatre – Raleigh, NC

March 1 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA 

March 2 – The Grey Eagle  – Asheville, NC

March 7 – The Ramkat – Winston-Salem, NC

March 8 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC

March 9 – Bourgie Nights – Wilmington, NC

April 26 – MerleFest – Wilkesboro, NC

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