Music Scene: Chatham County Line, Gasoline Heart, The Packway Handle Band

By Matthew Godbey  Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line

As if bluegrass isnít hard enough to play well by itself, Chatham County Line ups the ante by adhering to the genreís deep, traditional roots and resisting the abounding modernized influences.

Since forming in 1999, the North Carolina quartet has used only acoustic instruments on stage, preferring to huddle around either a single microphone or a cluster of them and rotating positions in a synchronized dance of sorts.

The difficult, and most remarkable, thing is in the way the group sands out the seams, making the merge between song and movement perfectly correspond.

In a live setting, the bandís penchant for tradition leaves no room to hide from error, a fact that points even more so to the groupís poise.

Chatham County Line will perform Thursday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with Johnny Irion, Zeke Hutchins and Jay Brown. Tickets are $11 in advance, $13 at the door, and are available online at etix.com. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or go to charlestonpourhouse.com for more information.

Gasoline Heart

Itís been a few years, by last count, since the quintet Gasoline Heart visited the area, but with a new album and a new home base in New York, the timing must be just right for the bandís return.

The bandís alt-rock foundation and the guttural yearnings hark back to a young Eddie Vedder by lead singer Louis Defabrizio.

The group teeters between all that was great about í90s rock and an earthy, more folk-laden undertone that modernizes its appeal.

As a result, the bandís sound plays with an intensity and sincerity.

If you discover only one new indie/rock band this year, make it Gasoline Heart.

Gasoline Heart will perform Friday at The Sparrow, 1078 E. Montague Ave., in Park Circle with Death on Two Wheels, Bully Pulpit and El Camaro. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Call 744-7753 or go to facebook.com/thesparrowparkcirclefor more.

Packway Handle Band

While young guys playing throwback bluegrass is nothing new, the Packway Handle Band is probably unlike anything you have heard yet.

The Athens-bred blue-grass quintet has been weaving its brand of full-hearted, fast-paced traditional bluegrass with patches of barbershop harmonies, gospel-inspired lyrics for the last decade.

And while the band plays within the framework of traditional bluegrass, the band often explores more progressive and experimental areas in its music, as well.

The Packway Handle Band will perform Saturday at Fiery Ronís Home Team BBQ, 2209 Middle St. on Sullivanís Island. Tickets are $5 at the door and the show starts at 10 p.m.

Call 883-3131 or go to hometeambbq.com for more information.