Vic Chesnutt’s early albums, originally issued by the tiny (and now defunct) Texas Hotel Records, as well as two subsequent albums released by New West Records, will be reissued on heavyweight, 180 gram colored vinyl throughout the first half of 2017. Some are being released on vinyl for the first time.
Produced by Michael Stipe, 1990’s Little will be the first of the batch, arriving in stores on January 27th on red vinyl. The remainder of the albums – Drunk, Is the Actor Happy?, Silver Lake and Ghetto Bells – will follow, one per month, through June. Most of them will be double-LPs. So far, Chesnutt’s highly regarded 1991 album West of Rome is not listed listed among this batch of reissues, but New West, the label behind these editions, is also promising two “surprise releases”, one in April and another later in the year, so perhaps it will be one of those.
Fans can pre-order the individual albums, or get them all sent as they are released, via a PledgeMusic crowdfunding page at pledgemusic.com/projects/vicchesnutt.