Morning click: R.I.P. Vic Chesnutt
- There was some very sad news on Christmas day as singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt passed away after overdosing on muscle relaxants earlier in the week. He was 45. Chesnutt was an underground hero whose unflinchingly honest songs garnered him a cult following, one that included many notable musicians. He was in a serious car accident when he was 18 years old and was confined to a wheelchair since then but that never affected his musical output as Chesnutt released more than a dozen albums since his 1990 debut. He had recently completed a tour in support of "At the Cut," a record produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto and featuring members of A Silver Mt. Zion. Of that touring group he said, "Holy moly; this is the most powerful band that there can be."
- Chesnutt has long been a favorite of many musicians. On 1996 benefit album, "Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation," his songs were covered by the likes of R.E.M., Madonna, Indigo Girls and Kristin Hersh. R.E.M.'s Stipe produced Chesnutt's first two albums. "We have lost one of the great ones," Stipe said after his passing. Other artists such as Patti Smith and Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) offered their condolensces. Hersh set up a fund to help Chesnutt's family deal with medical expenses. At the time of his death Chesnutt faced a lawsuit of $70,000 from an Athens, Ga., hospital pertaining to recent surgeries.
- In case you missed it in Sunday's paper, he was Chris Richards's list of top 10 albums of the decade. Outkast took the top spot with "Stankonia."
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