Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Vic Chesnutt: Chain

Athens, Georgia singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt has an immediately recognizable style - lyrics drenched in mystery, a beautiful but pained singing voice and songs that sound like the Southern Gothic literary style come to life.

I've seen him play twice (he a friend and past musical associate of Giant Sand's Howe Gelb, so it makes perfect sense that he would get along well in Tucson) and both shows were excellent, with Chesnutt showing a bit of humor between songs to lighten up his heavy (at least in terms of subject matter) music.

Chesnutt has a new album, At The Cut, out in September from Constellation Records. The first teaser single, "Chain," gives me the sensation of some showy and ornate world caught in the midst of a slow decay. In other words, pure Chesnutt.

Vic Chesnutt - Chain

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