Mark Chesnutt at Midnight Rodeo Saturday Night!
You don't want to miss seeing one of the best country singers ever, Mark Chesnutt, at Midnight Rodeo this Saturday Night! Tickets are $12.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door for 18+. Details at midnightrodeosanangelo.comMark Chesnutt is one of Country’s true musical treasures. Critics
have hailed him as a classic Country singer of the first order and
some of Country music’s most elite entertainers, from George
Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment.
Mark Chesnutt’s stature is easily gauged. He has 14 No. 1 hits,
23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to
his credit; he maintains a front-and-center presence with a hefty
tour schedule year after year.
Country music critics and fans alike need look no further when it
comes to Country music basics. If you ask Chesnutt, he’ll tell
you, “It’s the music and the fans that have kept me around this long.”
In a creative forum that sometimes confuses style with
substance, Mark Chesnutt possesses both. Remaining true to
himself as a traditional country artist, while keeping the pace with
the ever-changing country recording landscape, Mark Chesnutt
has a knack for picking great songs, delivering them with world-
class style and a heart-felt emotion that’s lived-in.
With a trademarked voice, Chesnutt has set the bar for his
generation and those that follow in his footsteps shaping the
music of today’s country music newcomers and the new country
Mark Chesnutt’s personal integrity combined “Mark Chesnutt gave honky-tonk music back its soul,” notedmusic critic Robert K. Oermann. “When Chesnutt appeared onan arid musical landscape back in 1990, I dubbed him the hillbilly messiah.” Oermann stated. “I still feel that way today and I’ll feel that way decades from now.”
Now, some twenty-odd years later, Mark Chesnutt marches on to
preserve and honor the splendid works of the sculpturing
forefathers, George Jones and Waylon Jennings, to bring music
from the honky tonks right back to where country music began.
Dubbed as one of the “most reliable country artists” (Craig
Shelburne/CMT.com), Chesnutt does not disappoint. He is
masterful in his natural ability to let his voice shape the words to
create a moving musical motion picture (reminiscent of
traditional country music standards such as Charlie Rich’s
“Behind Closed Doors” and Vern Gosdin’s “Is It Raining At Your
House”) and his current single, entitled “When The Lights Go
Out (Tracie’s Song)” is the very essence of Chesnutt’s musical
fiber as an autobiographical reflection of his life and loves--
country music and his wife, Tracie.
Chesnutt got his start in the honky-tonks of Beaumont, Texas,
learning from his father, Bob Chesnutt, a singer, record collector
and major fan of classic country music. Playing alongside his
dad, Mark embraced his father’s influence one set at a time and
to begin making a name for himself. Mark sang covers by Lefty,
Merle, George and Waylon to develop his unmatched crowd-
pleasing rapport and his authentic country style.
Bob Chesnutt often traveled to Nashville to record and to
broaden his exposure. He began taking Mark along to record
when he was just 17. After nearly a decade of recording on
regional labels, word got out about this young country vocalist.
Music Row executives came to hear Mark on his own Texas turf
and recognized the depth of Mark Chesnutt’s raw talent. In
1989, he was signed to MCA Nashville and his list of accolades
tells the rest of his story. With the release of his first single “Too
Cold At Home,” Mark established himself as one of country’s
most authentic and talented vocalists. He won the CMA Horizon
Award attracting the attention of country legend [and Mark’s
greatest mentor] George Jones who introduced him as “A boy
from Beaumont, Texas who is the real deal.”
That recognition and initial success opened the door to offerMark his chance of a lifetime, to do what he loved most—sing country music for country fans; this time, on a national level.
“The first couple years it was non-stop.” Mark says. “I can
remember one time during a tour, I didn’t step foot on the front
porch for ten months, with exception of a day or a day-and-a-
half, then, it was right back out again.”
Mark’s dedication paid off. He developed a true blue fan base.
Fans, he confides, “are the reason for my success.” His fans
helped his records to climb the charts one right after the other
making him one of Billboard’s Ten Most-Played Radio Artists of
the ‘90’s. Mark’s singles were some the decade’s most
memorable; from the fun tempo “Bubba Shot The Jukebox” to
emotional ballad “I’ll Think Of Something.” Mark is easily
identified for his string of hits including “Brother Jukebox,”
“Blame It On Texas,” “Old Flames Have New Names,” “Old
Country,” “It Sure Is Monday,” “Almost Goodbye,” “I Just Wanted
You To Know,” “Going Through The Big D,” “It’s A Little Too
Late,” “Gonna Get A Life,” and one of his biggest, “I Don’t Want
To Miss A Thing;” a song that held its position at the top of the
charts for four consecutive weeks.
Of all the recorded highlights Chesnutt has enjoyed, they take a
back seat to his first love; Mark Chesnutt lives to perform on
stage. “I just make records because I want people to come see
my show,” he says with a grin. “Recording music for folks to just
listen to music is great,” he says, “but I’ve got to be out there on
stage making it.” Fans who have seen him perform agree.
Known as one of the industry’s hardest-working concert
performers, maintaining a hefty tour schedule and steady
presence in front of his fans, Mark’s dedication to deliver live
music is unsurpassed. Mark has been on the road since 1990.
Whether you hear Mark Chesnutt with a new release on the
radio, or see his face on the cover of a new CD, folks can always
find Mark doing what he was born to do playing. “The clubs and
honky tonks are home for me; it’s comfortable and I’m always
with friends,” says Chesnutt.
Married since 1992, Mark and Tracie Chesnutt are the loving
parents of three boys, Waylon, Casey and Cameron.
(Article courtesy of MarkChesnutt.com)