Best known for his deft touch on the banjo, Chandler Holt spent the past two decades with the internationally acclaimed Chatham County Line. Fans of the band are also well aware of his contributions as a singer and songwriter over that time. November 2019 will mark the release of “Cover More Ground”, Chandler’s debut solo album on North Carolina’s Robust Records label.
The twelve tracks on ‘Cover More Ground’ feature eleven original compositions penned by Chandler. Eric Wiggs recorded and engineered most of the project at Vermilion Road Studios in their hometown of Longmont, CO. Wiggs also contributes a wide array of sounds on most every track including guitars, mandolin and dobro. There are other familiar faces including John Teer and Greg Readling of Chatham Co. Line playing mandolin and piano/organ respectively. Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin even adds mandolin on one track. All of the above and other great musicians contribute to a diverse spectrum of sounds but maintain a unified theme throughout the album.
‘Cover More Ground’ is an album that loosely chronicles Holt’s journey of leaving his native North Carolina to his family’s new home in Colorado. Of this Chandler says, “Colorado is a wellspring of talent and inspiration both musically and culturally. There are so many inspiring musicians and songwriters all over the state and they helped ignite something in me that needed to get out. I’ve found a great home here in so many ways and this album shares plenty of that with the listener.”
Chandler is also a very adept instructor of the 5 string banjo. He loves teaching both new and seasoned students to help them find the joy in playing music and performing.