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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JOE BREEN

This is the sound of a band grow­ing up, stretch­ing them­selves – armed with con­fi­dence and a com­pelling bunch of songs. As the ti­tle im­plies this is the Raleigh, North Carolina, out­fit’s fourth col­lec­tion, and it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to hear their de­vel­op­ment from a tra­di­tional blue­grass combo into a band at ease with which­ever road opens up to it. The key is the songs, bal­lads and acous­tic rock­ers alike, of gui­tarist Dave Wil­son, the will­ing­ness of his three fel­low mu­si­cians to play their part and the light but in­flu­en­tial hands of pro­ducer Chris Stamey. There are a num­ber of high­lights: the fierce pas­sion of Birm­ing­ham Jail, two beau­ti­ful and af­fect­ing heart-warm­ers, One More Minute (with Caitlin Cary on vo­cals) and Sweet Evic­tion, and the in­sis­tent rhythms of Let it Rock. An­other act lined up for the Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Fes­ti­val. www.chatham­county­line.com Down­load tracks: One More Minute, Let it Rock, Sweet Evic­tion

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