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Salesman and Bernadette
     

The Salesman and Bernadette

by Vic Chesnutt
 
Sounding more upbeat and a whole lot more soulful than on previous outings, Vic Chesnutt has invited the Dixie-fried experimental group Lambchop along with his wife Tina into the studio for his sixth album, a concept about a traveling salesman. Salesman and Bernadette sounds less like his usual doleful, sometimes baleful, Southern

Overview

Sounding more upbeat and a whole lot more soulful than on previous outings, Vic Chesnutt has invited the Dixie-fried experimental group Lambchop along with his wife Tina into the studio for his sixth album, a concept about a traveling salesman. Salesman and Bernadette sounds less like his usual doleful, sometimes baleful, Southern Gothic self and is perhaps his best recording yet. Chesnutt's is a vulnerable voice, and though he can project frailty, his M.O. isn't pity-inducing; in fact, he's quite humorous. "Duty Free" sounds like a New Orleans funeral march. The Lambchop horn section ape the Tijuana Brass to a hip-hop beat on "Replenished." "Maiden" has a sweet melody, driven by vibes and a very subtle horn line. "Until the Led" has the spunk and spirit of R.E.M.'s "Can't Get There from Here" and "So. Central Rain"; Chesnutt draws on that keening vocal quality that probably appealed to his early mentor, Michael Stipe, in the first place. But even R.E.M. in all their new experimentation would never have let the horns run to the border like they do here. The best thing of all is that Chesnutt's "new direction" still has a warm, organic and homespun quality -- the very things that were missing on then-recent recordings by his Athens, GA brothers.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
Label:
Capricorn / Umgd
UPC:
0731453823921
catalogNumber:
538239

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Performance Credits

Vic Chesnutt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Mike Doster   Bass
Kurt Wagner   Electric Guitar,Recorder,Human Whistle,Lap Steel Guitar
Tina W. Chesnutt   Bass,Electric Guitar,Human Whistle
Alex McManus   Euphonium,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Human Whistle
Paul Niehaus   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Human Whistle
Paul Burch   Accordion,Human Whistle,Vibes,fender rhodes
Deanna Varagona   Baritone Saxophone,Background Vocals,Human Whistle
Marc William Trovillion   Bass,Human Whistle
Allen Lowrey   Drums,Human Whistle
Dennis Cronin   Trumpet,Background Vocals,Human Whistle
Jonathan Marx   Clarinet,Trumpet,Background Vocals,Human Whistle
John Delworth   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,farfisa organ

Technical Credits

Vic Chesnutt   Liner Notes,Artwork,Atmosphere,Cover Construction
Mark Nevers   Engineer
Tina W. Chesnutt   Atmosphere
Alex McManus   Atmosphere
Marc William Trovillion   Atmosphere
Allen Lowrey   Atmosphere
Dennis Cronin   Engineer
Brandon Lively   Redesign
Doug Hollingsworth   Artwork

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