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Acclaimed musician Chesnutt to be buried in Pike

Former Pike countian, acclaimed musician and Athens music scene veteran Vic Chesnutt, who died Christmas Day there, will be buried here at private services. Chesnutt recorded and collaborated with groups such as REM and Widespread Panic. He recorded 15 albums of his own music. His obituary made the New York Times. ”Born in Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 12, 1964, James Victor Chesnutt was adopted and grew up in Zebulon, Ga.; his grandfather gave him guitar lessons, having him transpose ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’ into every key in the scale. He was injured in 1983, while driving drunk, he later said, and shortly thereafter moved to Athens and became a regular at the 40 Watt Club, where he was seen by Michael Stipe of REM,” the Times obit read in part. He was preceded in death by his parents James T. Chesnutt and Miriam Carter Chesnutt; his paternal grandmother Sophie Jordan Chesnutt and his paternal grandparents, Homer Roscoe (Sleepy) Carter and Clara Bass Carter. In the meantime, here is a youtube video of a Chesnutt performance for those unfamiliar with his work.

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