Thursday, 24 December 2009
I haven't posted since my initial pair, being occupied by work and traveling home for the holidays. It is a heavy heart that prompts this contribution. Vic Chesnutt, the prolific Athens-based singer-songwriter, committed suicide by overdose today at the age of 45. Chesnutt, a paraplegic as the result of a car accident when he was 18 years old, leaves behind a legacy of haunting, soul-bearing folk music, created both on his own and in collaborations with a diverse list of artists. His 2007 record North Star Deserter features members of Fugazi, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Thee Silver Mt. Zion. It's a great starting point for discovering Vic's brand of emotionally raw music. I only wish I could be sharing it on happier terms.
Rest in Peace, Vic.
Download North Star Deserter
Metacritic review of North Star Deserter
Interview with Vic after the release of his latest album, At the Cut.