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Hop-on Over to the Appalachian Theatre to Catch a Pair of Chatham Rabbits in the High Country

Photo credit: Chris Frisina

BOONE, NC – The Mast Store Americana Music Series continues at the Appalachian Theatre with a  visit from the Chatham Rabbits on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. This performance marks the debut  of the up-and-coming duo on the Doc Watson Stage for Americana Music. Ticket prices range from $15  for students and $25 for adults. 

As one of North Carolina’s most beloved roots music outfits, Chatham Rabbits has emerged from the  fertile Americana scene in the Triangle. Favoring rustic, minimalist acoustic arrangements—mainly  clawhammer-style banjo and guitar—they showcase their lyrical maturity and have a way of connecting  with their audiences that is warm and universal. 

Photo credit: Todd Roeth

The North Carolina bluegrass duo’s namesake is derived from two origins, the prized cash crop of  Chatham County during the early 1900s, and the original band from the same county. The original  Chatham Rabbits was a mill-sponsored string band from Chatham County known for playing “real good  music.” Sarah and Austin’s connection to the band occurred when they bought a mill house in Bynum  once owned by an original member. The duo’s musical objective is to respect the original band through  the embodiment of old-time music. 

Their marriage is in their music, blending their histories into a shared musical experience. Sarah’s  performance career began as a member of the iconic old-time trio The South Carolina Broadcasters  known for celebrating the styles of the Grand Ole Opry and AM radio country classics. Austin grew up  immersed in ’90s country classics and beach music eventually playing keyboards and guitar for an  electronic super hipster band called DASH. Regarding their musical duo, Sarah says, “We’ve been able  to belong nowhere and everywhere at the same time.” 

Chatham Rabbits’ first album All I Want From You (2019) was recorded with the help of Watchhouse’s  Andrew Marlin, and their sophomore album, The Yoke is Easy, The Burden is Full, was released May  1, 2020. Their latest album, If You See Me Riding By was released on June 3, 2022.

Their ingenuity during the Covid-19 crisis led to the building of their own venue, The Burrow, and the  creation of their mobile concert experience, The Stay at Home Tour which took Chatham Rabbits to  194 neighborhoods in 2020-21. The duo is featured in a television show for PBS NC, “On the Road with  Chatham Rabbits”, which premiered in Spring 2022. This four-part limited series follows the pair as they  craft songs, tour the country, care for their North Carolina farm, and navigate their relationship as up and-coming musicians. 

Tickets for the February 24th show at App Theatre are $25 for adults and $15 for students, plus tax &  fees. The theatre’s online ticketing system is accessible 24/7, but customers can avoid online service  fees by visiting the lobby box office between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday, or two  hours before showtime. For a complete performance schedule of all upcoming events, or to sign up for  

the theatre’s e-blast distribution list, visit the organization’s website at www.apptheatre.org. Events, days, dates, times, performers, and prices are subject to change without notice.

Courtesy of the Appalachian Theatre.