A folk artist of the Classic City
Vic Chesnutt was born in November of 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida. After moving to Athens, Chestnut was injured in a car accident that left him a paraplegic in 1983. Soon after, Chestnut began performing acoustic folk music around Athens, eventually gaining the attention of R.E.M’s Michael Stipe during a performance at the 40 Watt Club.
Over the years, Chestnut collaborated with and produced albums for R.E.M, Widespread Panic, Madonna, Smashing Pumpkins, Ghetto Bells, Elf Power, and many more. He also released several of his own albums, including Little, Drunk, Sweet Relief Two, Dark Developments, and At the Cut.
Chestnut passed away in December of 2009 in Athens, surrounded by family.