This week on eTown we present Part Two (of Two) of a very special show from 2019 featuring Anders Osborne and Chatham County Line and making a surprise appearance are the amazing McIntosh County Shouters!
Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly has honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.
Since his recording debut in 1989, Osborne has written virtually all of his own material and contributed memorable songs to a wide variety of artists. Two tunes co-written by Osborne appear on Keb Mo’s Grammy-winning 1999 release Slow Down. Country superstar Tim McGraw scored a #1 hit with Anders’ song Watch The Wind Blow By. Osborne’s compositions have been covered by artists as diverse as Brad Paisley, Tab Benoit, Jonny Lang, Edwin McCain, Sam Bush, Trombone Shorty and Aaron Neville and Kim Carnes. His songs have appeared in multiple feature films. He can also be seen performing in an episode of HBO’s New Orleans-based drama, Treme.
Chatham County Line
Come 2021, Chatham County Line will have been a staple of the North Carolina music scene for over two decades. Embracing the heart-worn songwriting and rough-hewn voice of leader Dave Wilson the band has graced stages all across the U.S. as well as Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. With eight studio albums of original material to pull from, CCL has a sound all their own and a live show to match. Songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Dave Wilson pulls tunes out of an ether that is inspired by a shelf bending collection of vinyl records from the 1920’s to the 2020’s. One listen to their all covers release “Sharing the Covers” from 2019 will give you an idea of those inspirations, with songs from the likes of Wilco and Beck shared with those of John Lennon, Tom Petty and John Hartford.
With the recording of 2020s Yep Roc Records release Strange Fascination the band decided to push their sound a little bit more into the modern world and embrace the use of drums both in studio and onstage. “We’ve had drums on several albums, most notably Wildwood, and our audience always responded well to those tunes” says Dave Wilson. John Teer who rotates from Mandolin to Fiddle all while singing soaring harmony adds “We’ve done an Electric Holiday Tour for the past 12 years that features an expanded group of musicians on the stage so we’re no stranger to a backbeat.”
With 20 years behind and clear skies ahead, look for Dave Wilson (acoustic & electric guitars, harmonica), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), and Greg Readling (Standup Bass, Pedal Steel) as well as North Carolina staple Dan Hall on drums to keep traveling the highways, byways and airways to share their special canon of songs with the world.
McIntosh County Shouters
The Gullah-Geechee people are African Americans who were born, bred, and educated along the coastal regions of North and South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida. They are the descendants of enslaved people brought from West Africa to work on isolated coastal plantations, growing rice, indigo, and sea island cotton. Because they came from many different ethnic backgrounds and spoke different languages, they had to come up with a way to communicate with each other.
The language they created is a unique creole blend of African and European languages. In fact, Gullah-Geechee is the only distinctly African creole language in the United States. The culture that grew in this area incorporated many African elements, which can still be heard in the language and experienced in Gullah-Geechee’s arts, food, and music.
Throughout the years, members of the McIntosh County Shouters have changed as older family members retire and a new generation steps up. Because of the McIntosh County Shouters’ great pride in the ring shout tradition, there have always been younger people to join our group and keep it alive. The ring shout is the genesis of African American music as it precedes spirituals, gospel, R&B, soul, hip-hop, and rap.