Vic Chesnutt Finds New Label For Album

A little over a month after parting ways with Capitol Records, southern folkster Vic Chesnutt has reached an agreement with Atlanta-based Capricorn Records to release his next album, "The Salesman and Bernadette," possibly as early as October.

Chesnutt was one of the first artists to break from Capitol Records after label president Gary Gersh, the man who signed Nirvana to Geffen, stepped down at the label.

The match with Capricorn seems a natural fit for Chesnutt, who recorded just one album for Capitol, 1996's critically-acclaimed "About to Choke." Capricorn is the home label for several of Chesnutt's musical friends, including Widespread Panic, the band which Vic recorded an album with in 1995 under the group name of Brute.

Capricorn Records president Phil Walden was also responsible for introducing Chesnutt to actor/director Billy Bob Thornton, who cast the singer-songwriter as one of Dwight Yoakam's friends in his film, "Sling Blade."