Chesnutt's first and only album on Capitol. Prior to signing, he had been an Athens, Georgia, fixture, recording with Michael Stipe and writing off-the-cuff songs about locals in the audience. His four albums on Texas Hotel Records had gained him a cult audience that culminated in 'Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation (The Songs of Vic Chesnutt)', a benefit album featuring R.E.M., Sparklehorse, Smashing Pumpkins, and Mary Margaret O'Hara. This introduced him to a wider audience, and 'About to Choke', released just a few months afterward, promised to build on that buzz.
'About To Choke' was a more stripped down outing, mostly featured Chesnutt accompanying himself on guitar, piano, and a Yamaha Portasound PSS-480. It was dark, death-obsessed and country-leaning Americana. Chesnutt wasn't trying to be difficult or disagreeable; he was simply torn between making an album that might appeal to a major label and making one that remained true to his previous records-- i.e., that didn't sound like a sell-out.
2. New Town
6. (It's No Secret) Satisfaction
7. Little Vacation
2. Hot Seat
3. Giant Sands
5. See You Around
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