Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Vic Chesnutt 

With Jonathan Richman. Monday, March 10, at the Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights.


There's an unsparing fragility to singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt's characters. They spend so much time on the brink of dissolution that they have their own table with a view of the void. The Athens, Georgia native is probably best known as the subject of a Sweet Relief tribute album, where a bunch of other artists — including R.E.M. and Smashing Pumpkins — recorded some of his songs for charity. (Chesnutt was injured in a 1982 car accident, which left him partially paralyzed. He performs in a wheelchair.) He released a couple of albums on a major label in the late '90s, but has since returned to indieville — which better suits his winding narratives. Chesnutt's most recent CD, North Star Deserter, features some dynamic arrangements that swell magnificently beside his plaintive voice, which creaks with the full weight of the world.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Show Preview

Latest in Livewire

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 17, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays
  • Andrea Bocelli @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

    • Thu., Dec. 2
  • Kellen Erskine @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Thu., Dec. 2

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation