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Chatham County Line takes down the state flag

Chatham County Line’s Dave Wilson takes down the flag.
Chatham County Line’s Dave Wilson takes down the flag.

After a decade and a half, Chatham County Line is taking down the North Carolina flag.

The popular Raleigh bluegrass band has used the flag of its native state as a visual prop for live shows throughout its history. But Friday evening, the group made this announcement on their Facebook page accompanied by a picture of frontman Dave Wilson taking down the flag:

For 15 years we have proudly performed in front of our North Carolina state flag. We believe music should bring everyone together. Unfortunately this flag does not currently convey that message. Heartbreaking, but this comes down until HB2 does.

While this is not quite on the level of Bruce Springsteen canceling his Greensboro show, it is very symbolic nevertheless. And it ought to add a little more poignance to the next time Chatham County Line fires up its World of Bluegrass-inspired theme song “Living in Raleigh Now.”

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi