Vic Chesnutt's songs and songwriting have been appreciated by his fellow musicians for quite some time, but you've more than likely probably never heard of him. Let's start way back about 10 years ago, when Chesnutt was 'discovered' by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, who helped Chesnutt put out his first album, both financially, and physically - since Stipe carried Chesnutt upstairs to the studio (Chesnutt is in wheelchair). Bob Mould (of Husker Du and Sugar fame) mixed one of his albums. Modern radio faves like Garbage, Live, Smashing Pumpkins, Indigo Girls, Madonna, and R.E.M. have all covered his songs. So there are all these famous people who like him. As for me, I can still remember seeing him quietly wheel himself out into the middle of the Wiltern Theater stage and single-handedly silence the crowd armed with nothing but his acoustic guitar and some words. That's what matters to me.
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