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Chatham County Line rolls on

The Grammy Awards happen on Sunday night, and we'll have more to say about one of our local nominees later this week. In the meantime, however, there's other award-type news from half a world away to report. Local bluegrass band Chatham County Line has been nominated for a Spellemann Prize, the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammys, for the group's latest collaboration with Jonas Fjeld. The ceremony is March 6, and frontman Dave Wilson says CCL plans to attend "if it works out and the label will pay."

Meantime, the next Fjeld-less CCL album is coming along. Titled "Wildwood," it's at the mixing stage and features Tift Merritt drummer Zeke Hutchins in a prominent role that Wison promises will "continue to confuse the bluegrass community wholeheartedly." Look for that to emerge this summer.

Jonas Fjeld and Chatham County Line: From Norway to Berkeley

New to the Berkeley Cafe concert calendar, Norwegian singer Jonas Fjeld on Feb. 12, backed up by the Triangle's own Chatham County Line. Fjeld and CCL are wildly popular over in Fjeld's home country, and this show is a "dress rehearsal" for the duo's upcoming Norwegian tour in support of "Brother of Song" -- due out Feb. 24 in Norway. No U.S. release yet, but we can hope.

ADDENDUM: Here's a bit of CCL live, courtesy of NBC-17.

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