Vic Chesnutt’s label has confirmed today’s upsetting news that the acclaimed singer-songwriter is in a coma. “Vic is in the middle of a serious medical situation, he is in a coma, and his family and friends are with him,” said Constellation Records’ Don Wilkie in a statement. “We have no comment right now on the specifics other than that his doctors are continuing to assess his condition. We will issue a full statement at an appropriate time. In the interim, we request that everybody respect Vic’s privacy and that of his family.”
Friend and collaborator Kristin Hersh has said on Twitter that Chesnutt’s coma is the result of a suicide attempt, but this remains unconfirmed. Everyone at the Music Mix is hoping for the best, needless to say. For now, let’s take a minute to think about one thing we’re sure of: all the great music Vic Chesnutt has made for going on 20 years. A longtime fixture on the Athens, Ga. music scene, Chesnutt first came to national prominence when R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe produced his first two albums in the early ’90s. He’s kept up a prolific pace of recording and performing in the years since then, putting out two albums in 2009 alone.
A few months back, the Music Mix had the pleasure of debuting a video for “Chain,” a lovely, forlorn ballad from Chesnutt’s album At the Cut (below). Please share your thoughts and memories of Vic Chesnutt’s music in the comments below.
UPDATE: Chesnutt died on Dec. 25, 2009. The Music Mix extends its sincerest condolences.
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