Vic Chesnutt - Skitter On Take-Off album + Jonathan Richman explains; FREE MP3

Vic Chesnutt - Skitter On Take-Off

The Vic Chesnutt Record and Why Me and Tommy Wanted to Do it

by Jonathan Richman

My drummer Tommy Larkin and I were driving in the van across the United States as we do two or three times a year on our tours of clubs and I said, “Y’ know, we should produce Vic’s next record!” And he said he thought so too. We both were thinking that the way to get the feeling for Vic as a listener was to hear just Vic - no arrangements, no guest guitar solo guys, no “ironic” touches or anything else to cloud his voice or his poetry. His guitar playing is also the guitar playing on this recording because we think no help is needed.

Tommy and I have toured with Vic several times and he’s long been one of our favorites. So we’re both proud of this record and glad for the chance to make it our way. A lot of it was brand new stuff - a few hours old or becoming a song right there as he sang.


FREE Download: "Society Sue" MP3

Vic Chesnutt has recorded with many different people for all kinds of labels, but he’s never made an album like his debut on Vapor Records.

Chesnutt’s first two releases were produced by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, and from there he was featured in the PBS documentary Speed Racer and his songs were recorded for Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation. A wide range of artists including Garbage, Madonna, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M. and Live all covered Chesnutt originals.

He has recorded with other groups like Widespread Panic and Lambchop and musicians as varied as Bill Frisell and Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto. Chesnutt recently performed on Cowboy Junkie’s Trinity Revisited, with others and over a dozen different releases of his own.

'Skitter On Take-Off' allows Vic Chesnutt to create his most dramatic album yet, recording devastating songs like “Rips in the Fabric” and “Dick Cheney” live with no overdubs.

This album becomes a unique addition to his history, and allows the singer-songwriter the chance to collaborate with an important influence. “I’m honored to work with Jonathan Richman. Over the years he’s taken me under his wing and mentored me in a very meaningful way, truly shaping me into the songwriter and performer I am today. And it is an ongoing process.” Chesnutt and Richman’s work together is one for the ages.

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Vic Chesnutt 'Skitter On Take-Off' Track listing

1 Feast in the Time of Plague
2 Unpacking My Suitcase
3 Dimples
4 Rips in the Fabric
5 Society Sue
6 My New Life
7 Dick Cheney
8 Worst Friend
9 Sewing Machine

Vic Chesnutt (vocals, guitar)
Jonathan Richman (guitar, harmonium)
Tommy Larkin (drums)

Produced by Jonathan Richman & Tommy Larkin

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