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Will Johnson and members of Centro-matic, Brent Best of Slobberbone, Chris Flemmons of Baptist Generals and Matthew Gray of Matthew And The Arrogant Sea all came together this weekend to honor the life and mourn the death of the great musician and their great friend Vic Chesnutt. Chesnutt, who was a pioneer to the folk music world, died of a drug overdose back in December of 2009. This show had originally been scheduled for Feb. 12th of this year, but had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. Luckily, I found myself in the right place on the right night this weekend.
Starting off with the simple, yet beautifully sorrowful line “ Like a puppy on a trampoline…” from the mournful ballad, “What Do You Mean?” off Chesnutt’s album, Ghetto Bells, the set turned out to be a collection of renditions of Chesnutt’s great body of work all sung by different people with different instrumentation throughout. In between songs and while musicians came and went from the stage or tuned their guitars, another musician would regale the intimate Dan’s audience with stories from how they met Chesnutt, to having to physically put him in And pull him out of the tour van after the show that night, like a drunk, foul-mouthed toddler.
Overall, the night was a mournfully uplifting remembrance of the life and times with a great musician that is no longer with us; a diamond in the rough of another Saturday night in Denton, TX. The most renowned musicians from these parts all together on one stage sharing fond memories of a friend gone away… I couldn’t imagine a better way to be remembered.