Vic Chesnutt on Mountain Stage
Mountain Stage is deeply saddened at the passing of singer-songwriter and longtime friend of the show Vic Chesnutt. His recording label Constellation Records posted this announcement on December 25. Vic was an amazing artist who garnered everyone's respect and adoration among the Mountain Stage family. Below is an interview with Vic Backstage at Mountain Stage with our host Larry Groce, who had this to say regarding Vic's passing:
"Vic Chesnutt first appeared on Mountain Stage in 1990 recommended to us by Michael Stipe, who had just produced his first album on Texas Hotel Records. He visited us nine times in all, most recently in April of 2009 on a show we videotaped as a television pilot that also featured Neko Case, Greg Brown, Crooked Fingers and Sonos.
"Vic’s fiercely original style and poetically charged lyrics immediately arrested our attention and made us appreciate him as one of the finest artists ever to perform on the show. In fact, I came to think of Vic as a perfect example of why we started Mountain Stage: to showcase talents like Vic Chesnutt, rare as they may be.
"He was physically fragile. And he had his demons, although he worked extremely hard to put them to rest by channeling them in a productive and singularly creative way. He possessed tremendous artistic energy and power that were evident in both his personality and his work.
Vic’s death is deeply felt by all of us at Mountain Stage and we send our sincere sympathy to his family and loved ones."
Click HERE to hear Vic's last appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded in April 2009 in Charleston, WV.
Read the NY Times Obituary.