Vic Chesnutt

born jax fla. 1964...adopted...moved to georgia age 5...favorite song kawliga...started writing songs...maternal grandfather played country guitar and wrote songs and grandmother wrote lyrics...favorite song garden party...started playing trumpet age 9...mentor band director randy edgar...favorite song night the lights went out in ga. and delta dawn and night chicago died...age 13 felt the need to listen to rock'n'roll...ordered 8tracks for a penny: styx, kiss, doobie brothers, taped steve martin over kiss...went to town to buy a rock'n'roll record...sgt. peppers...bought a uke from sears catalog age 15...learned beatles songs...leonard cohen...bob dylan...age 16 playing trumpet in cover band called sundance with 30 year olds...parents gave guitar for christmas 1980 to help vic get over lennon's murder...sang whip it on stage with sundance...velvet underground...king crimson...coma...tape to tape home recordings...age17 meet johnny cash...just before graduation discovered the new music, elvis, jam, nick lowe, clash, pistols, rem, replacements...gordon junior college...play rhythm guitar in new wave band called random factor...open for baby and the pacifiers in atl....fired because refused to tuck in shirt...start a new band with todd from dashboard saviors...plays keyboards in proto-industrial electronica duo...sees pil 1982...car crash...can't play guitar or trumpet but discovers a whole new understanding of music...sells trumpet buys arp synthesizer...writes vacuous pop songs...starts strumming...coma...shoplifts norton anthology of modern poetry (it's footnotes were eureka)...stevie smith, wallace stevens, etc....kafka, great gatsby, salinger...'art feeling'...songs take on adult form...moves to athens to study english...meets the bohemian types...sings at a party where deanna varagona hears him, gets him a gig the next night before the band's soundcheck...suddenly a solo artist...opening for local bands...listens to the roches...goes to nyc for the first time...hands and legs go numb...after operation can't play guitar...learned maternal grandfather dies...forms folk-rock band la-di-das...listens butthole surfers, husker du, local bands...free form hard rock jamming...bass in acid rock band angle lake...quits la-di-das...athens folk music and dance society...records 'little'...father dies...off to california...meets harry dean stanton, victoria williams, giant sand, bob neuwirth, van dyke parks, etc....marries tina...paternal grandmother dies...opens 100 shows for bob mould...band with tina and drummer jeffrey(hazeldine)...'west of rome'...speed racer documentary...tours with victoria williams...opening tour for soul asylum (and goo-goo dolls)...'drunk'...allen ginsberg calls vic an idiot...opening tour for live (and angelfish)...mom dies...'brute' with widespread panic...tours europe with giant sand...'is the actor happy'...funny conversations with james dickey...coma...'slingblade'...more european tours...sees nina simone perform...signs with capital...meets joni mitchell...sweet relief...'about to choke'...from the edge, BBC...the end of violence soundtrack duet with michael stipe...'salesman and bernadette'...meets kevin coyne...sessions at w.54th street...conan o'brien...'merriment'...soundtrack for 'rough south of larry brown'...'left to his own devices'...coma...'josiah meigs and me'...meets wim wenders...'co-balt brute'...'silver lake'...craig kilborn...produced liz durett's first record, 'husk'...hal wilner's randy newman tribute project...meets bill frisell...re-released first 4 albums on new west with 28 extra tracks...'ghetto bells'...produced liz durett's 'mezzanine'...blogged on huffingtonpost.com...undertow orchestra...open shows for rickie lee jones...daniel johnston tribute queen elizabeth hall concert...cowboy junkies trinity session 20 year anniversary project...conference for book 'ole miss'...song on 'just one more, a musical tribute to larry brown'

Releases
Vic Chesnutt-North Star Deserter Vic Chesnutt
North Star Deserter
Constellation


Vic Chesnutt: guitar, casio, lyrics, voice With: Thierry Amar: contrabasse, electric bass, singing Howard Bilerman: drums Bruce Cawdron: bowed vibraphone and glockenspiel Jem Cohen: field...
Vic Chesnutt-At The Cut Vic Chesnutt
At The Cut
Constellation


Vic Chesnutt is the real deal, a man who lives for music and who has tirelessly deployed his impish, surly, witty, unflinching perspective in hundreds of songs featuring brilliantly unique...