2018 Headliners

Chatham County Line to headline 2018 festival; Tellico will perform on Friday evening at The Red Rooster

The popular Raleigh-based band Chatham County Line, described by IndyWeek as traditional bluegrass with “newgrass leanings,” will be the 2018 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival’s featured group. And the hot Asheville Americana group, Tellico, will open this year’s festival Friday evening at The Red Rooster. The festival is Oct. 5-6.

Chatham County Line is an acoustic quartet formed in the 1990s in Raleigh with seven studio albums to its name and a full touring schedule both in the United States and abroad. The band “continues to utilize the traditional bluegrass tool kit of acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, and upright bass in service of an ethos that has more to do with the singer-songwriter realm than with Bill Monroe or Flatt & Scruggs,” wrote IndyWeek’s Jim Allen in a review of the group’s latest Album, Autumn, released in 2016.

“Gillian Welch and Neil Young are among the artists with whom CCL feels kinship, and Autumn’s nuanced songwriting makes that connection quite clear,” Allen said.

Chatham County Line will perform on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6, on the Riverfront Stage near Lou Mac Park. The Riverfront Stage show and all porch performances are free.

Tellico, will open this year’s festival with a special evening concert on Friday, Oct. 5, at The Red Rooster behind Silos Restaurant. Tickets for the 7:30 pm performance are $20 and will be available Sept. 1. Tellico has a bluegrass pedigree but with an “unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound,” according to the group’s website. The group independently released its debut album Relics and Roses in June 2015. Oriental’s own Saltwater Gold will open for Tellico at 6 pm.