Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power join forces

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 5:52 PM

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It's been years and years since Georgia songsmith Vic Chesnutt has performed in Charleston (if ever??? Does anyone remember the last gig???). 

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The veteran singer/songwriter/hollerer and fuzzed-out indie-rock band Elf Power — two well-acclaimed acts from Athens, Ga. — recently collaborated with The Amorphous Strums (guitarists Curtiss Pernice and Sam Mixon, veteran Chesnutt sidemen) on an album titled Dark Developments.

Athens indie label Orange Twin released the nine-song collection in October. Chesnutt enlisted Derek Almstead last year to engineer and produce the sessions for Dark Developments. The band congregated in Chesnutt’s spacious attic studio (the entire top floor of his home in a historic neighborhood just blocks from downtown Athens).

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Vic and the Elves hit the road together this month and will continue to until the end March. Between these dates they’ll travel the East Coast, Midwest and the South before heading overseas for multiple shows.

Look for Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power at the Pour House on Fri. Feb. 6 ($12, $10/adv.). Elf Power will perform an opening set before joing Vic on stage as his backing band. Hippie beware: if you holler out for any Panic or Brute tunes, Vic might just holler back in disagreement (but he  might not…).

(photos by Ben McCormick and Jason Thrasher)


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