By Steven Mirkin
Updated December 18, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Nashville orchestra Lambchop provides the music, which for the first time matches Vic Chesnutt’s vocals and emotional range. The arrangements on The Salesman and Bernadette (imagine a Salvation Army band playing Memphis soul) have the burnished feel of a favorite coffee mug, and Chesnutt’s touchingly lumpy songs find unexpected resonance in duty-free shops, Arthur Murray, and men who resemble ex-presidents. A-