Vic Chesnutt Gets By With A Little Help From His Friends

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Despite the fact that he described himself to us as a “sinister motherf***r, ” Vic Chesnutt is a friendly guy. Last year, Chesnutt released Dark Developments, a collaboration with his Athens, Georgia neighbors Elf Power and local metal band the Amorphous Strums. Tomorrow, the southern gothic singer-songwriter returns with At The Cut, which features Guy Picciotto of punk legends Fugazi, and members of Canadian post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

The album is the sequel to North Star Deserter, Chesnutt’s 2007 collaborative recording with the same group, who will be joining Chesnutt on tour.

At The Cut was recorded by former Arcade Fire member Howard Bilerman at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango studio (the same location where the band cut North Star Deserter), and focuses on themes of “cowardice, courage, mortality, tenacity, defiance, mourning and memory.”

The new album will be released on Constellation Records. Want a sneak preview? Listen to the new songs  “Chain” and “Philip Guston” here and “Flirted With You All My Life” here.

In addition, the prolific Chesnutt will release another full-length album, Skitter On Take-Off, on October 6 via Vapor Records. That album was produced in part by Modern Lovers frontman and recent tour mate Jonathan Richman. Listen to a track from the album, “Society Sue,” here.

Vic Chesnutt tour dates:

10/23 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
10/24 Montreal, QC – Ukrainian Federation 10/25 Cambridge, MA – Somerville Theater
10/26 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/27 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/28 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/29 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
10/30 Washington, DC – Black Cat
10/31 Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox
11/1 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
11/2 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
11/4 Newport, KY – Southgate House
11/5 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
11/6 Detroit, MI – Detroit Institute of Arts
11/7 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
11/19 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
11/20 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
11/21 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos
11/22 Edmonton, AB – McDougall United Church
11/23 Calgary, AB – Knox United Church
11/25 Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar
11/26 Vancouver, BC – Red Room
11/27 Seattle, WA – Crocodile
11/28 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
11/30 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
12/1 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
12/2 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
12/4 Denton, TX – Hailey’s
12/5 Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church


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