Best known for his deft touch on the banjo, Chandler Holt spent the past two decades touring and recording 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 marked 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.
Since then Chandler has released two singles that have broadened his artistic horizons. The first being a Winter themed tune featuring Lauren Stovall (of The Railsplitters) is titled "Winter's Night Waltz." Paying homage to the classic holiday duets, this song sounds decades old despite being released in 2020. "Winter's Night Waltz" garnered high praise from several media outlets including No Depression and was played all around the globe on both radio and streaming services.
Chandler then followed this up with his very first children's song titled "The Barnyard Band". Both songs are available here for download and can be streamed.