Gene Watson Asked For Prayers For Fellow Country Music Artist, Mark Chesnutt: Friday 3 November 2023

Gene Watson and Mark Chesnutt in Nashville on Thursday 7 June 2007

On Friday 3 November 2023Gene Watson announced that his good friend, and fellow country music artist, Mark Chesnutt, had been hospitalised on Wednesday 1 November 2023, and asked for prayers for Mark.

Gene Watson & Mark Chesnutt at Curb Recording Studio in Nashville on Thursday 7 June 2007
(photo credit: Sarah Brosmer, Lytle Management, Brentwood, TN)

Gene Watson / Mark Chesnutt Musical Connections

¬†On Tuesday 13 September 1994,¬†Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘What A Way To Live’ (MCA Records, 1994); one of the included tracks was ‘This Side of The Door’ (written by Tim Menzies and Shawn Camp); this track was also recorded by Tim Menzies, who included it on ‘Tim Mensy’ (PJM Records, 2002), and by Gene Watson, who included it on ‘In a Perfect World‘ (Shanachie Records, 2007).

On Tuesday 17 October 2000Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Lost In The Feeling’ (MCA Records, 2000); one of the included tracks was ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003); the original version of this track was recorded by Gene Watson, who included it on ‘Love in The Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975); Gene Watson‘s version of the track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975, and No.3 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1975.

On Tuesday 25 September 2007, Gene Watson saw the release of ‘In a Perfect World‘ (Shanachie Records, 2007); one of the included tracks was ‘This Side of The Door’ (written by Tim Menzies and Shawn Camp), which was a duet with Mark Chesnutt; this track was recorded on Thursday 7 June 2007, when the photo (above) of Gene Watson and Mark Chesnutt at Curb Recording Studio in Nashville was taken.

Mark Chesnutt: 'Duets' (Row Entertainment Records, 2017)

Mark Chesnutt recorded ‘This Side of The Door’ (written by¬†Tim Menzies¬†and¬†Shawn Camp) and included the track on ‘What A Way To Live’ (Decca Records, 1994), and Duets’ (Row Entertainment¬†Records, 2017); this track was also recorded¬†by¬†Tim Menzies, who included it on ‘Tim Mensy’ (PJM Records, 2002).

Gene Watson: 'Real.Country.Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

On Tuesday 24 June 2008Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Rollin’ With The Flow’ (Lofton Creek Records, 2008); one of the included tracks was ‘She Never Got Me Over You’, which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010), Dean Dillon and Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989), and was the last song written by Keith Whitley.

Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010) had held on to the song, until he offered it to Mark Chesnutt in 2007.  The song was released to American country music radio in March 2009, debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart at No.60 on Saturday 11 April 2009, and subsequently reached a peak of No.49.

On Friday 26 February 2016, Gene Watson saw the release of ‘Real.Country.Music’ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016); one of the included tracks was ‘She Never Got Me Over You’, which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010), Dean Dillon and Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989).

‘This song was a single for one of the true country greats, Mark Chesnutt.

When it was pitched to me, I didn’t know if I was the right person to sing it or not, but I knew it was a tremendous song and wanted to try it.

This one is actually much harder to sing than you’d think, but I think we got it and I’m proud of it’