Chesnutt/Panic Album Gets Velocette Reissue

Velocette (formerly Capricorn) Records plans to re-release "Nine High a Pallet," the 1995 collaboration between folksy singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt and jam band Widespread Panic, released under the

Velocette (formerly Capricorn) Records plans to re-release "Nine High a Pallet," the 1995 collaboration between folksy singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt and jam band Widespread Panic, released under the name Brute. The new, enhanced version of the album -- due Oct. 9 and remastered earlier this summer by Scott Stuckey -- will feature new artwork, as well as videos for the songs "Westport Ferry" and "Mr. Hard On."

"Nine High," which also features performances by John Keane and Cracker's David Lowery and Johnny Hickman, was originally released on Capricorn. "It is one of my all-time favorite albums and it was overlooked in it's initial release," says Philip Walden Jr., Velocette's VP of business affairs.

Chesnutt says the follow-up to "Nine High a Pallet" will probably be released early next year. "I'm gonna finish it up soon, before the end of the year," he told Billboard earlier this year. "We've done all the basic tracks and I just need to sing my parts on it. I'm really excited about this record. It's really kind of a pop rock [pauses to search for the perfect word] ... phenomenon. It's really gonna be funny. I picked really good songs to play with Panic, songs that clicked really well with them."

Chesnutt, who also teamed with Widespread on the song "Aunt Avis," from the group's 1997 album "Bombs & Butterflies" (Capricorn), says he's not sure what label will issue the new Brute album, recorded over two days at Keane's home studio in Athens, Ga., also home to both Chesnutt and Widespread.