“DODGE” by Futurebirds (Vic Chesnutt Cover)

Carter King – Vocals, Guitar
Thomas Johnson – Vocals, Guitar
Daniel Womack – Vocals, Guitar
Brannen Miles – Bass
Johnny Lundock – Drums

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Director/Editor – Travis Button (travisbutton.com)
Cameras – Sean Bowie, Travis Button, Brad McCormick
Audio Engineer – Branic Howard (openfieldrecording.com)
Audio Mix – Jason Powers
Producer – Ryan Stiles
Executive Producer – Zale Schoenborn (pickathon.com)
Associate Producer – Terry Groves, John MacArthur
Assistant Producer – Stephanie Manzo
Line Producer – Seth Chandler
Production Manager – Alisha Flaumenbaum, Josh Madera
Associate Distribution Producer – Ned Failing, Shawna Burke, David Gluck
Legal – Vincent Sliwoski, Harris Moure, PLLC
Production Assistants – Dale Palmer, Rachel Saxby

*words by Marty Sartini Garner of Flood Magazine

Futurebirds take on Vic Chesnutt’s “Dodge”, the latest from the Oregon festival’s 2016–2017 season.

Futurebirds lurched out of Athens back in 2009 playing a scratchy, weathered brand of country rock. Their three full-lengths and pair of EPs are boozy, soulful things, the kind of music that’s as much a part of the architecture of the artsy South as front porches and gables—they’re ready to fight, but they’ve also got wounds to lick.

It makes a certain kind of poetic sense, then, that they’d pay tribute to fellow Athenian Vic Chesnutt, the beloved singer-songwriter who died on Christmas of 2009 from an overdose of muscle relaxants. There is not a single Southern cliché that Chesnutt’s music doesn’t interrogate—religion, death, decay, depression—and manage to enliven.

Futurebirds released a version of “Dodge,” from Chesnutt’s 1993 album Drunk, on their Portico EP back in November, and last summer they brought their stately cover to Pickathon for their installment of the Slab Series. Their reverent hands steady Chesnutt’s shaky composition, giving it just enough polish to have you thinking of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris without losing the pain at the center of the original. It’s a touching take captured by the talented folks at Half Stop Sessions, and one that we’re proud to premiere as part of Pickathon’s 2016–2017 season.

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