New West Buys Vic Chesnutt Sets

New West Records has acquired the first four albums by Athens, Ga., singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt and will reissue them June 15.

New West Records has acquired the first four albums by Athens, Ga., singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt and will reissue them June 15.

L.A.-based New West purchased the titles -- "Little" (1990), "West of Rome" (1992), "Drunk" (1993) and "Is the Actor Happy?" (1995) -- from independent label Texas Hotel Records.

Each reissued title will contain at least five unreleased tracks from Chesnutt's personal collection; "Drunk" will include nine bonus cuts. "Little" will feature new liner notes by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, who produced the album. The liner notes for "Drunk" are being penned by Ian Mackaye of Fugazi.

New West is distributed by RED.

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