Vic Chesnutt Makes ‘Cut’, Announces U.S. Tour (MP3)

Vic Chesnutt

This fall, Vic Chesnutt will tour to support At the Cut, his latest effort. Chesnutt’s touring band will feature Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion. The album (also featuring Piccioto and Co.) is a follow-up to 2007’s North Star Deserter, which SPIN called “disturbingly palpable dread-folk.” At the Cut comes out September 22 on Constellation Records.

At the Cut was recorded by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire) in Montreal. Its opening track, “Coward,” was written for director Jem Cohen’s Empires of Tin, and the song’s success evidently inspired Chesnutt to create a whole new album. The album will be released on CD and LP with artwork curated by Jem Cohen.

Chesnutt has released 15 critically acclaimed records; my favorite is West of Rome (especially the remastered edition). Songs from Rome have been featured, many, many times on the Owl and Bear podcast. Chesnutt has also been covered by a number of artists, including R.E.M., the Smashing Pumpkins, Sparklehorse, and even Madonna. He was also subject of the 1992 PBS documentary Speed Racer and he appeared in the Oscar Award-winning film Sling Blade. Quite an interesting fellow, this Chesnutt. Saw him perform back in 2005, and it was an affair to remember.

Check out “Chain” (MP3), the first single from At the Cut. Tourdates are after the jump.

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

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