Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from Mark Chesnutt: October 2004

Gene Watson’s Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as ‘the singer’s singer’ – and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson’s Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2004, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Mark Chesnutt, which he submitted to this site on Monday 4 October 2004.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Mark Chesnutt who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.

Mark Chesnutt
This quote was submitted on Monday 4 October 2004.

‘I have been a Gene Watson fan all my life.

I was singing his songs in the clubs in south east Texas for years before I got a record deal.

I have had the chance to be in a show with Gene a few times and even recorded ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), on one of my CDs.

He is truly one of country music’s best voices and an all round great man’

Thank you, Mark Chesnutt, for your support of Gene Watson.



About Mark Chesnutt…

Mark Chesnutt was born Mark Nelson Chesnutt on Friday 6 September 1963 in Beaumont, Texas and is the second son of Bob Chesnutt and Norma Jean Nicholas.

Mark Chesnutt learned to love music from his father, who was a singer and record collector.

Mark Chesnutt dropped out of school after his sophomore year of high school to begin playing with his father in clubs around south-east Texas.

When he was seventeen years old, Mark Chesnutt’s father began to take him to Nashville, to begin recording.

For the next ten years, Mark Chesnutt began to record on small regional record labels while he was the house band for local Beaumont nightclub Cutters.

Mark Chesnutt slowly gathered a large fanbase who loved to hear his traditional country music style.

By the late 1980s, Mark Chesnutt had seen the release of eight singles, which would later be released together on ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988).

In 1988, Mark Chesnutt recorded and saw the release of his first album, ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988), on Axbar Records, a private independent record label; the vinyl version of the album is now considered a collector’s item.

Mark Chesnutt’s first album, ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988), which was produced by Joe Scates, included the following tracks:

‘Welcome Fool’ (written by Dave Loggins)
‘Price of Getting High’ (written by Ricky Marshall)
‘Heartache County’ (written by Michael Cross)
‘Since I Drank My Way To Houston’ (written by Brad Brinkley)
‘Rodeo Cowboys’ (written by Joe Manning and Paul Hotchkiss)
‘Country Girl’ (written by Mark Nesler)
‘Running Out of The Ways To Say I Love You’ (written by Mark Chesnutt)
‘Let’s Make A Memory One More Time’ (written by Mark Nesler)
‘I’m A Texan’ (written by Wesley Cox)
‘Heaven On My Mind’, which was written by Ray Sanders (Tuesday 1 October 1935 – Wednesday 23 October 2019) and Daryl Hall

Mark Chesnutt’s first album, ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988), was recorded, between 1984 and 1986, in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1990, Mark Chesnutt signed to MCA Records and saw the release, on Friday 14 September 1990, of ‘Too Cold At Home’ (MCA Records, 1990).

Mark Chesnutt’s national debut, in the United States, came in 1990 with ‘Too Cold At Home’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006); Mark Chesnutt’s debut single from ‘Too Cold At Home’ (MCA Records, 1990) peaked at No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart.

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Too Cold At Home’ (MCA Records, 1990) included five tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Too Cold At Home’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006) (No.3, 1990)

‘Brother Jukebox’, which was written by Paul Craft (Friday 12 August 1938 – Saturday 18 October 2014)
(No.1 for one week in February 1991) / the original version of this track was recorded by Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989), who included it on ‘I Wonder Do You Think of Me’ (RCA Records, 1989) / this track was also recorded by Don Everly (Monday 1 February 1937 – Saturday 21 August 2021), whose version reached No.96 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1977

‘Blame It On Texas’ (written by Ronnie Rogers and Mark Wright)
(No.5, 1991)

‘Your Love Is A Miracle’ (written by Bill Kenner and Mark Wright)
(No.3, 1991)

‘Broken Promise Land’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Sharon Rice
(No.10, 1991) / this track was also recorded by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002), who included it on ‘Turn The Page’ (RCA Records, 1985)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Too Cold At Home’ (MCA Records, 1990) also included the following tracks:

‘Too Good A Memory’ (written by Lewis Anderson and Mark Wright)

‘Friends In Low Places’, which was written by Earl Bud Lee and Dewayne L. Blackwell (Thursday 17 September 1936 – Sunday 23 May 2021) / this track was also recorded by Garth Brooks, who included it on ‘No Fences’ (Capitol Records, 1990); Garth Brooks’ version of the track was No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart for four weeks in October / November 1990

‘Lucky Man’ (written by Ronnie Rogers and Mark Wright)
‘Hey You There In The Mirror’, which was written by Jim Rushing and Herb McCullough (Thursday 18 May 1944 – Tuesday 5 May 2015)
‘Danger At My Door’ (written by Mark Wright)

Personnel involved in the recording of Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Too Cold At Home’ (MCA Records, 1990) included the following:

Richard Bennett (electric guitar)
David Briggs, Steve Nathan, Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) and Matt Rollings (piano)
Jerry Kirby Carrigan (Monday 13 September 1943 – Saturday 22 June 2019) and Lynn Meyer Peterzell (Monday 10 January 1955 – Thursday 8 September 1994) (percussion)
Mark Chesnutt (lead vocals)
Glen Duncan and Mark O’Connor (fiddle)
Pat Flynn and Biff Watson (acoustic guitar)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Owen Hale and Milton Sledge (drums)
Bill Kenner (reggae guitar)
Jana King, Lisa Silver, Bergen WhiteDennis Wilson, Mark Wright and Curtis Young (background vocals)
Phil Naish (synthesizer)
Brent Rowan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Glenn Worf and Bob Wray (bass guitar)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Too Cold At Home’ (MCA Records, 1990) reached No.12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1990, No.132 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1990, and No.23 on the Canadian RPM Country Albums Chart in 1990.

  

Charlie Rich: 'Lonely Weekends' (Sun Records, 1969)

On Saturday 21 March 1992, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Longnecks & Short Stories’ (MCA Records, 1992), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘Old Flames Have New Names’ (written by Bobby Braddock and Rafe Van Hoy) (No.5, 1992)

‘I’ll Think of Something’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Jerry Foster
(No.1 for one week in August / September 1992) / the original version of this track was recorded by Hank Williams Jr., who included it on ‘Living Proof’ (MGM Records, 1974); Hank Williams Jr.’s version of this track reached No.7 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1974

‘Bubba Shot The Jukebox’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
(No.4, 1992)

‘Ol’ Country’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
 (No.4, 1993)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Longnecks & Short Stories’ (MCA Records, 1992) also included the following tracks:

‘It’s Not Over (If I’m Not Over You)’, which was written by Mark Wright and Larry Kingston (Sunday 10 August 1941 – Sunday 20 February 2005) / this track featured guest vocals from Vince Gill and Alison Krauss / this track was also recorded by Reba McEntire, who included it on ‘My Kind of Country’ (MCA Records, 1984)

Mark Chesnutt later included ‘It’s Not Over (If I’m Not Over You)’, which was written by Mark Wright and Larry Kingston (Sunday 10 August 1941 – Sunday 20 February 2005), on ‘Thank God For Believers’ (MCA Records, 1997); the track was released as a single in 1998 and reached No.34 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart

On Monday 10 November 2014, England’s Hux Records released Reba McEntire’s ‘My Kind of Country’ (MCA Records, 1984), along with Reba McEntire’s ‘Just A Little Love’ (MCA Records, 1984), as a special 2-for-1 CD set (HUX142)

‘Uptown, Downtown (Misery’s All The Same)’, which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002) and Ron Peterson
‘Postpone The Pain’ (written by Gary Scruggs and Mark Wright)
‘Talking To Hank’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006) / this track was a duet with George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013)
‘I’m Not Getting Any Better At Goodbyes’ (written by Steve Earle)

‘Who Will The Next Fool Be?’, which was written by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995) / the original version of this track was recorded by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995), who included it on ‘Lonely Weekend’ (Sun Records, 1969); Charlie Rich’s version of the track reached No.67 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1970

Personnel involved in the recording of Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Longnecks & Short Stories’ (MCA Records, 1992) included the following:

David Briggs and Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
Mark Chesnutt (lead vocals)
Terry Crisp and Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Pat Flynn and Biff Watson (acoustic guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Owen Hale and Paul Leim (drums)
George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013) (guest vocals on ‘Talking To Hank’)
Steve Nathan (keyboards)
Lynn Meyer Peterzell (Monday 10 January 1955 – Thursday 8 September 1994) (percussion)
Brent Rowan (electric guitar, acoustic guitar)
Wayne Toups (squeezebox)
Bob Wray (bass guitar)
Curtis Young, Jim Lauderdale, Bergen White, Alison Krauss, Wendy Suits Johnson, Jana King, Keith Morris, Wayne Toups, Dennis Wilson and Vince Gill (background vocals)
Nashville String Machine (strings conducted by Carl Gorodetzky and arranged by Bergen White)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Longnecks & Short Stories’ (MCA Records, 1992) reached No.9 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1992, No.68 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1992, and No.5 on the Canadian RPM Country Albums Chart in 1992.

On Tuesday 27 October 1992, George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013) saw the release of ‘Walls Can Fall’ (MCA Nashville Records, 1992); one of the included tracks was ‘I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair’, which was written by Billy Yates, Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 – Friday 23 November 2012) and Kerry Kurt Phillips, and featured guest vocals from Alan Jackson, T. Graham Brown, Pam Tillis, Patty Loveless, Mark Chesnutt, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, Joe Diffie (Sunday 28 December 1958 – Sunday 29 March 2020), Clint Black and Garth Brooks, winning a Country Music Association (CMA) Award for ‘Vocal Event of The Year’ in 1992.

On Tuesday 22 June 1993, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Almost Goodbye’ (MCA Records, 1993), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘It Sure Is Monday’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006) (No.1 for one week in August 1993)

‘Almost Goodbye’ (written by Billy Livsey)
(No.1 for one week in November 1993)

‘I Just Wanted You To Know’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
(No.1 for one week in March 1994)

‘Woman, Sensuous Woman’, which was written by Gary Sanford ‘Flip’ Paxton (Thursday 18 May 1939 – Sunday 17 July 2016)
(No.21, 1993) / the original version of this track was recorded by Don Gibson (Tuesday 3 April 1928 – Monday 17 November 2003), who included it on ‘Woman (Sensuous Woman)’ (Hickory Records, 1972); Don Gibson’s version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1972

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Almost Goodbye’ (MCA Records, 1993) also included the following tracks:

‘April’s Fool’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Glenn Gordon and David Lott)
‘Texas Is Bigger Than It Used To Be’ (written by Mark Wright, Joe Johnston and Ronnie Rogers)
‘My Heart’s Too Broke (To Pay Attention)’, which was written by Lonnie Wilson, Kim Williams (Saturday 28 June 1947 – Thursday 11 February 2016) and Phil Barnhart
‘Vickie Vance Gotta Dance’ (written by Mark Wright and Bill Kenner)

‘Til A Better Memory Comes Along’, which was written by Tim Menzies, Eugene David Dobbins (Monday 19 March 1934 – Sunday 23 November 2008) and Glenn Ray McGuirt (1938 – Thursday 11 June 2020)

‘The Will’ (written by Jackson Leap)

Personnel involved in the recording of Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Almost Goodbye’ (MCA Records, 1993) included the following:

Mark Chesnutt (lead vocals)
Tom Flora, Christopher Harris, Jana King, John Wesley RylesLisa SilverBergen White, Dennis Wilson and Curtis Young (background vocals)
Pat Flynn, Glenn Gordon and Biff Watson (acoustic guitar)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar, slide guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Owen Hale and Paul Leim (drums)
David Hungate and Bob Wray (bass guitar)
Steve Nathan and Matt Rollings (keyboards)
Lynn Meyer Peterzell (Monday 10 January 1955 – Thursday 8 September 1994) (percussion, mixing)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
Brent Rowan (electric guitar)
Wayne Toups (squeezebox)
Nashville String Machine, (strings conducted by Carl Gorodetzky and arranged by Bergen White)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Almost Goodbye’ (MCA Records, 1993) reached No.6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1993, No.43 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1993, and No.7 on the Canadian RPM Country Albums Chart in 1993.

On Tuesday 13 September 1994, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘What A Way To Live’ (MCA Records, 1994), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘She Dreams’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison) (No.6, 1994) / the original version of this track was recorded by Tim Menzies, who included it on ‘This Ol’ Heart’ (Giant Records, 1992); Tim Menzies‘ version of the the track reached No.74 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1993

‘Goin’ Through The Big D’ (written by Mark Wright, Ronnie Rogers and John Wright)
(No.2, 1994)

‘Gonna Get A Life’, which was written by Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 – Friday 23 November 2012) and Jim Lauderdale
(No.1 for one week in May 1995)

‘Down In Tennessee’ (written by Wayland D. Holyfield)
(No.23, 1995)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘What A Way To Live’ (MCA Records, 1994) also included the following tracks:

‘What A Way To Live’ (written by Willie Nelson and Hank Craig)
‘Live A Little’ (written by Roger Springer and Tony Martin)
‘It’s Almost Like You’re Here’, which was written by Charles William Quillen (Monday 21 March 1938 – Friday 19 August 2022), John Priestley and Jonathan Clift
‘Rainy Day Woman’, which was written by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002) / this track was a duet with Waylon Jennings

 

‘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) / this track was also recorded by Gene Watson, who included it on ‘In a Perfect World‘ (Shanachie Records, 2007).

‘Half of Everything (& All of My Heart)’ (written by David Lott, Glenn Gordon and Mark Chesnutt)

Personnel involved in the recording of Mark Chesnutt’s ‘What A Way To Live’ (MCA Records, 1994) included the following:

Brent Rowan (electric guitar)
Tim Broussard (squeezebox)
Mark Chesnutt (lead vocals)
Glen Duncan (fiddle, mandolin)
Pat Flynn, B. James Lowry, Tim Menzies and Biff Watson (acoustic guitar)
Paul Franklin and Russ Pahl (steel guitar)
Owen Hale and Paul Leim (drums)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Roy Huskey Jr. (Monday 17 December 1956 – Saturday 6 September 1997) (upright bass)
Steve Nathan and Matt Rollings (keyboards)
Bob Wray (bass guitar)
Curtis Young, John Wesley RylesBergen White, Jana King, Lisa Silver, Dennis Wilson, Cindy Walker, Tom Flora, Chris Harris, Matt Kaminski, Ann Wright and Kim Rogers (background vocals)
Nashville String Machine (strings conducted by Carl Gorodetzky and arranged by Bergen White)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘What A Way To Live’ (MCA Records, 1994) reached No.15 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1994, and No.98 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1994.

It was also in 1994 when Mark Chesnutt contributed the song ‘Goodbye Comes Hard For Me’ to the AIDS benefit album, ‘Red Hot + Country’ (Mercury Records, 1994), which was produced by Red Hot Organization.

Mark Chesnutt : 'Singles: 1990 - 1994' (Decca Records / ‎MCA Records, 1994)

In 1994, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Singles: 1990 – 1994’ (Decca Records / ‎MCA Records, 1994), which included the following tracks:

‘Bubba Shot The Jukebox’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006) (No.4, 1992)

‘Ol’ Country’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
 (No.4, 1993)

‘I Just Wanted You To Know’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
(No.1 for one week in March 1994)

‘Too Cold At Home’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
(No.3, 1990)

‘Your Love Is A Miracle’ (written by Bill Kenner and Mark Wright)
(No.3, 1991)

‘It Sure Is Monday’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
(No.1 for one week in August 1993)

‘Blame It On Texas’ (written by Ronnie Rogers and Mark Wright)
(No.5, 1991)

‘Almost Goodbye’ (written by Billy Livsey)
(No.1 for one week in November 1993)

‘Old Flames Have New Names’ (written by Bobby Braddock and Rafe Van Hoy)
(No.5, 1992)

‘I’ll Think of Something’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Jerry Foster
(No.1 for one week in August / September 1992)

‘She Dreams’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
(No.6, 1994)

‘Brother Jukebox’, which was written by Paul Craft (Friday 12 August 1938 – Saturday 18 October 2014)
(No.1 for one week in February 1991)

‘Woman, Sensuous Woman’, which was written by Gary Sanford ‘Flip’ Paxton (Thursday 18 May 1939 – Sunday 17 July 2016)
(No.21, 1993)

‘Broken Promise Land’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Sharon Rice
(No.10, 1991)

Mark Chesnutt: 'Wings' (Decca Records, 1995)

In 1995, Mark Chesnutt transferred to Decca Records’ newly re-established Nashville branch, of which he served as the flagship artist, and saw the release, on Tuesday 3 October 1995, of ‘Wings’ (Decca Records, 1995), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘Trouble’ (written by Todd Snider) (No.18, 1995)

‘It Wouldn’t Hurt To Have Wings’ (written by Jerry Foster, Roger LaVoie and Johnny Morris)
(No.7, 1996)

‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’ (written by Jimmy Stewart and Scott Miller)
(No.37, 1996)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Wings’ (Decca Records, 1995) also included the following tracks:

‘As The Honky Tonk Turns’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Tommy Nixon)
‘The King of Broken Hearts’ (written by Jim Lauderdale)
‘(I Think) I’ve Finally Broken Mine’, which was written by Johnny MacRae (1929 – Wednesday 3 July 2013) and Steve Clark
‘I May Be A Fool’ (written by Jim Lauderdale and Clay Blaker)
‘Pride’s Not Hard To Swallow’, which was written by Jerry Donald Chesnut (Thursday 7 May 1931 – Saturday 15 December 2018)
‘Settlin’ For What They Get’, which was written by Mack Vickery (Wednesday 8 June 1938 – Tuesday 21 December 2004)
‘Strangers’ (written by Roger Springer, Mark Chesnutt and Aimee Mayo)

George Strait recorded Mark Chesnutt’s ‘I Ain’t Never Seen No One Like You’ (co-written with Roger Springer and Bruce C. Bouton) and included the track on ‘Blue Clear Sky’ (MCA Records, 1996).

On Tuesday 19 November 1996, Decca Records issued a ‘Greatest Hits’ package, ‘Greatest Hits’ (Decca Records, 1996), which included eight of Mark Chesnutt’s biggest hit singles, along with two new songs, ‘It’s A Little Too Late’ (No.1 for one week in February 1997) and ‘Let It Rain’ (No.8, 1997), both of which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart.

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Greatest Hits’ (Decca Records, 1996) included the following tracks:

‘Bubba Shot The Jukebox’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006) (No.4, 1992)

‘Too Cold At Home’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
 (No.3, 1990)

‘Blame It On Texas’ (written by Ronnie Rogers and Mark Wright)
 (No.5, 1991)

‘Almost Goodbye’ (written by Billy Livsey)
 (No.1 for one week in November 1993)

‘It’s A Little Too Late’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Slugger Morrissette)
(No.1 for one week in February 1997)

‘Ol’ Country’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
 (No.4, 1993)

‘Brother Jukebox’, which was written by Paul Craft (Friday 12 August 1938 – Saturday 18 October 2014)
 (No.1 for one week in February 1991)

‘Gonna Get A Life’, which was written by Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 – Friday 23 November 2012) and Jim Lauderdale
 (No.1 for one week in May 1995)

‘Let It Rain’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Steve Leslie)
(No.8, 1997)

‘It Sure Is Monday’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
 (No.1 for one week in August 1993)

‘Goin’ Through The Big D’ (written by Mark Wright, Ronnie Rogers and John Wright)
 (No.2, 1994)

‘I’ll Think of Something’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Jerry Foster
(No.1 for one week in August / September 1992)

On Tuesday 13 May 1997, Lee Ann Womack saw the release, on Decca Records, of ‘Lee Ann Womack’ (Decca Records, 1997), her self-titled debut album, which was produced by Mark Wright, and included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘Never Again, Again’ (written by Monty Holmes and Barbie Isham) (No.23, 1997)

‘The Fool’ (written by Marla Cannon-Goodman, Gene Ellsworth and Charlie Stefl)
 (No.2, 1997)

‘You’ve Got To Talk To Me’, which was written by Jamie O’Hara (Friday 18 August 1950 – Thursday 7 January 2021)
 (No.2, 1998)

‘Buckaroo’ (written by Mark D. Sanders and Ed Hill)
 (No.27, 1998)

Lee Ann Womack‘s self-titled debut album, ‘Lee Ann Womack’ (Decca Records, 1997), also included the following tracks:

‘A Man With 18 Wheels’ (written by Bobby Carmichael and Leslie Satcher)
‘Am I The Only Thing That You’ve Done Wrong’ (written by Billy Joe Foster, Lee Ann Womack and Jason Sellers)
‘Make Memories With Me’ (written by Leslie Satcher and Danny Stegall) / this track was a duet with Mark Chesnutt
‘Trouble’s Here’ (written by Jann Browne and Matt Barnes)
‘Do You Feel For Me’, which was written by Tim Johnson (Friday 29 January 1960 – Sunday 21 October 2012)
‘Montgomery To Memphis’ (written by Billy Montana and Anne Reeves)
‘Get Up In Jesus’ Name’ (written by Mike Curtis and Marty Raybon)

Personnel involved in the recording of Lee Ann Womack‘s self-titled debut album, ‘Lee Ann Womack’ (Decca Records, 1997), included the following:

Mike Brignardello (bass guitar)
Tony Brown (piano on ‘You’ve Got To Talk To Me’)
Larry Byrom (acoustic guitar; electric guitar on ‘Make Memories With Me’)
Pat Flynn and Biff Watson (acoustic guitar)
Larry Franklin (fiddle)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Abe Manuel (accordion)
Brent Mason (electric guitar)
Steve Nathan (piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Hammond B-3 organ)
Tom Roady (percussion)
Gary W. Smith (piano on ‘Get Up In Jesus’ Name’)
Lonnie Wilson (drums)
Lee Ann Womack (vocals)
Liana Manis, Gene Miller, John Wesley Ryles, Leslie SatcherLisa Silver, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White Skaggs, Bergen White and Curtis Young (Background vocals)
Nashville String Machine (strings, conducted by Carl Gorodetzky and arranged by Bergen White)

Lee Ann Womack‘s self-titled debut album, ‘Lee Ann Womack’ (Decca Records, 1997), reached No.9 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1997, No.106 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1997, and No.1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Chart in 1997.

On Tuesday 23 September 1997, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Thank God For Believers’ (Decca Records, 1997), which was produced by Mark Wright, and included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘Thank God For Believers’, which was written by Mark Alan Springer, Roger Springer and Tim Johnson (Friday 29 January 1960 – Sunday 21 October 2012) (No.2, 1997)

‘It’s Not Over (If I’m Not Over You)’, which was
written by Mark Wright and Larry Kingston (Sunday 10 August 1941 – Sunday 20 February 2005) (No.34, 1997) / this track featured guest vocals from Vince Gill and Alison Krauss

‘I Might Even Quit Lovin’ You’
(written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Slugger Morrissette) (No.18, 1998)

‘Wherever You Are’
(written by Roger Springer, Reese Wilson and Tony Martin) (No.45, 1998)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Thank God For Believers’ (Decca Records, 1997) also included the following tracks:

‘Goodbye Heartache’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Steve Leslie and Roger Springer)
‘Numbers On The Jukebox’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Slugger Morrissette)
‘That Side of You’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Steve Leslie and Roger Springer)
‘Useless’ (written by Mark Wright, Roger Springer and Robert Arthur)
‘Hello, Honky Tonk’, which was written by Ron Harbin, Kim Williams (Saturday 28 June 1947 – Thursday 11 February 2016) and L. David Lewis
‘Any Ole Reason’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Slugger Morrissette) / this track featured guest vocals from Vince Gill and Alison Krauss

Personnel involved in the recording of Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Thank God For Believers’ (Decca Records, 1997) included the following:

Mike Brignardello (bass guitar on ‘Useless’)
Mark Chesnutt (lead vocals)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Jana King Evans, Lisa Silver and Bergen White (background vocals on ‘Numbers On The Jukebox’ and ‘Goodbye Heartache’)
Pat Flynn and B. James Lowry (acoustic guitar)
Larry Franklin (fiddle)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar on ‘Useless’)
Owen Hale (drums)
Liana Manis, Louis Dean Nunley (Thursday 15 October 1931 – Friday 26 October 2012), John Wesley Ryles and Curtis Young (background vocals)
Steve Nathan (piano, B-3 organ)
Michael Rhodes (Wednesday 16 September 1953 – Saturday 4 March 2023) (bass guitar)
Brent Rowan (electric guitar)
Hank Singer (fiddle on ‘Hello Honky Tonk’)
Biff Watson (acoustic guitar on ‘Useless’)
Bergen White (string arrangements, Carl Gorodetzky conducting the Nashville String Machine)

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘It’s Not Over’:

Pat Flynn and Biff Watson (acoustic guitar)
Paul Franklin (steel guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Paul Leim (drums)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
Brent Rowan (electric guitar)
Bob Wray (bass guitar)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Thank God For Believers’ (Decca Records, 1997) reached No.25 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1997, and No.165 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1997.

On Tuesday 9 February 1999, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ (Decca Records, 1999), which included a cover of Aerosmith’s hit single, ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ (written by Diane Warren), which returned him to No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart, for two weeks, in early 1999, and brought him to No.17 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1999.

Despite the success of this single, Mark Chesnutt’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ (Decca Records, 1999) album’s only other release was ‘This Heartache Never Sleeps’ (written by Daryl Burgess and Tim Johnson) (No.17, 1999), which was issued before Decca Records once again closed its country music division.

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ (Decca Records, 1999) also included the following tracks:

‘My Way Back Home’ (written by Mark Nesler and Tony Martin)
‘I’ll Get You Back’ (written by Ron Harbin, Aimee Mayo and Dusty Drake)
‘That’s The Way You Make An Ex’ (written by Roger Springer, Reese Wilson and Tony Martin)
‘Tonight I’ll Let My Memory Take Me Home’ (written by Roger Springer, Robert Arthur and Dean Dillon)
‘Jolie’, which was written by Skip Ewing, Paul Overstreet and Paul Davis (Wednesday 21 April 1948 – Tuesday 22 April 2008)
‘What Was You Thinking?’ (written by Doug Johnson and Roger Springer)
‘I’m Gone’ (written by Rick Orozco and Marv Green)
‘Let’s Talk About Our Love’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Robert Arthur)

Personnel involved in the recording of Mark Chesnutt’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ (Decca Records, 1999) included the following:

Mike Brignardello, Michael Rhodes (Wednesday 16 September 1953 – Saturday 4 March 2023) and Glenn Worf(bass guitar)
Mark CasstevensPat Flynn, B. James Lowryand Biff Watson(acoustic guitar)
Mark Chesnutt (lead vocals)
Tim Davis, Natalie Grant, Liana Manis, Chris Rodriguez, John Wesley RylesDennis Wilson and Curtis Young (background vocals)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015), Paul Franklin and Sonny Garrish(steel guitar)
Larry Franklin (fiddle)
Carl Gorodetzky (conductor)
Owen Hale and Lonnie Wilson (drums)
John Barlow Jarvis (organ, piano)
Kirk ‘Jelly Roll’ Johnson (harmonica)
Terence Johnston (12-string guitar, background vocals)
Brent Mason and Brent Rowan (electric guitar)
The Nashville String Machine (strings)
Steve Nathan (organ, piano, synthesizer)
Tom Roady (percussion)
Wayne Toups (accordion)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ (Decca Records, 1999) reached No.6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1999, No.6 on the Canadian RPM Country Albums Chart in 1999, and No.65 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1999.

In 2000, Mark Chesnutt returned to the roster at MCA Records, and saw the release, on Tuesday 17 October 2000, of ‘Lost In The Feeling’ (MCA Records, 2000), which included two tracks, which were minor hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘Fallin’ Never Felt So Good’ (written by Shawn Camp and Will Smith) (No.52, 2000) / the original version of this track was recorded by Shawn Camp, who included it on his self-titled debut album, ‘Shawn Camp’ (Warner Bros. Records / WEA Records, 1993); the track reached No.39 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1993

‘Lost In The Feeling’
(written by Lewis Anderson) (No.59, 2000)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Lost In The Feeling’ (MCA Records, 2000) also included the following tracks:

‘Confessin’ My Love’ (written by Shawn Camp and John Scott Sherrill) / the original version of this track was recorded by Shawn Camp, who included it on his self-titled debut album, ‘Shawn Camp’ (Warner Bros. Records / WEA Records, 1993); the track reached No.39 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1993

‘Halfway Back To Birmingham’ (written by Don Cook, Mark Wright and Ronnie Rogers)
‘Try Being Me’ (written by Tim Menzies)
‘Go Away’ (written by Mark Nesler and Tony Martin)
‘It Pays Big Money’, which was written by Shawn Camp, Randy Hardison (Saturday 11 March 1961 – Tuesday 4 June 2002) and Wynn Varble

‘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

‘Angelina’ (written by Steve Diamond, Rick Orozco and Vern Dant)
‘Somewhere Out There Tonight’ (written by Ronnie Rogers)

Personnel involved in the recording of Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Lost In The Feeling’ (MCA Records, 2000) included the following:

Mark Casstevens,Tim Menzies and Biff Watson (acoustic guitar)
Mark Chesnutt (lead vocals)
Lisa Cochran, Carl Jackson, Marabeth Jordon, Brice Long, John Wesley RylesLisa Silver, Harry Stinson, Wynn Varble, Cindy Walker, Lee Ann Womack and Curtis Young (background vocals)
Eric Darken (percussion)
Stuart Duncan and Larry Franklin (fiddle, mandolin)
Paul Franklin (pedal steel guitar)
Owen Hale (drums)
Mike Haynes and George Tidwell (trumpet)
Jim Horn, Sam Levine and Dennis Solee (saxophone)
John Barlow Jarvis (piano)
B. James Lowry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Steve Nathan (keyboards)
Michael Rhodes (Wednesday 16 September 1953 – Saturday 4 March 2023) and Glenn Worf (bass guitar)
Brent Rowan (electric guitar)
Bergen White (string arrangements, conductor, background vocals)
John Willis (bouzouki, acoustic guitar)
Lonnie Wilson (drums, tambourine)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Lost In The Feeling’ (MCA Records, 2000) reached No.53 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2000.

Mark Chesnutt: 'Top Marks (His First Twenty Hits)' (Edsel Records / Demon Records, ‎2000)

In 2000, Mark Chesnutt ‎saw the release of ‘Top Marks (His First Twenty Hits)’ (Edsel Records / Demon Records, ‎2000), which included the following tracks:

‘Too Cold At Home’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006) (No.3, 1990)

‘Brother Jukebox’, which was written by Paul Craft (Friday 12 August 1938 – Saturday 18 October 2014)
(No.1 for one week in February 1991)

‘Blame It On Texas’ (written by Ronnie Rogers and Mark Wright)
(No.5, 1991) / this track was the ‘Single Remix’

‘Your Love Is A Miracle’ (written by Bill Kenner and Mark Wright)
(No.3, 1991)

‘Broken Promise Land’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Sharon Rice
(No.10, 1991)

‘Old Flames Have New Names’ (written by Bobby Braddock and Rafe Van Hoy)
(No.5, 1992)

‘I’ll Think of Something’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Jerry Foster
(No.1 for one week in August / September 1992)

‘Bubba Shot The Jukebox’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
(No.4, 1992)

‘Ol’ Country’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
 (No.4, 1993)

‘It Sure Is Monday’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
(No.1 for one week in August 1993)

‘Almost Goodbye’ (written by Billy Livsey)
(No.1 for one week in November 1993)

‘I Just Wanted You To Know’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
(No.1 for one week in March 1994)

‘Woman, Sensuous Woman’, which was written by Gary Sanford ‘Flip’ Paxton (Thursday 18 May 1939 – Sunday 17 July 2016)
 (No.21, 1993)

‘She Dreams’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
(No.6, 1994)

‘Goin’ Through The Big D’ (written by Mark Wright, Ronnie Rogers and John Wright)
(No.2, 1994) / this track was an ‘Extended Version’

‘Gonna Get A Life’, which was written by Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 – Friday 23 November 2012) and Jim Lauderdale
(No.1 for one week in May 1995) / this track was the ‘Single Version’

‘Down In Tennessee’ (written by Wayland D. Holyfield)
(No.23, 1995)

‘Trouble’ (written by Todd Snider)
(No.18, 1995)

‘It Wouldn’t Hurt To Have Wings’ (written by Jerry Foster, Roger LaVoie and Johnny Morris)
(No.7, 1996)

‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’ (written by Jimmy Stewart and Scott Miller)
(No.37, 1996)

In 1991, Tracy Byrd recorded ‘A Good Way To Get On My Bad Side’ (written by Rivers Rutherford and George Teren); this track, which was a duet with Mark Chesnutt, was included on Tracy Byrd’s ‘Ten Rounds’ (RCA Records, 2001) and reached No.21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 2001.

Mark Chesnutt: 'The Best of Mark Chesnutt: 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection' (MCA Nashville Records, 2001)

In 2001, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘The Best of Mark Chesnutt: 20th Century Masters, The Millennium Collection’ (MCA Nashville Records, 2001), which included the following tracks:

‘Too Cold At Home’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006) (No.3, 1990)

‘Brother Jukebox’, which was written by Paul Craft (Friday 12 August 1938 – Saturday 18 October 2014)
(No.1 for one week in February 1991)

‘I’ll Think of Something’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Jerry Foster
(No.1 for one week in August / September 1992)

‘Your Love Is A Miracle’ (written by Bill Kenner and Mark Wright)
(No.3, 1991)

‘Bubba Shot The Jukebox’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
(No.4, 1992)

‘I Just Wanted You To Know’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
(No.1 for one week in March 1994)

‘It Sure Is Monday’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
(No.1 for one week in August 1993)

‘She Dreams’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
(No.6, 1994)

‘Gonna Get A Life’, which was written by Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 – Friday 23 November 2012) and Jim Lauderdale
(No.1 for one week in May 1995)

‘Thank God For Believers’
, which was written by Mark Alan Springer, Roger Springer and Tim Johnson (Friday 29 January 1960 – Sunday 21 October 2012) (No.2, 1997)

‘It’s A Little Too Late’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Slugger Morrissette)
(No.1 for one week in February 1997)

‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ (written by Diane Warren)
 (No.1 for two weeks in early 1999) / this track also reached No.17 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1999

‘Blame It On Texas’ (written by Ronnie Rogers and Mark Wright)
(No.5, 1991) / this track was the ‘Single Remix’

‘Broken Promise Land’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Sharon Rice
(No.10, 1991)

‘Old Flames Have New Names’ (written by Bobby Braddock and Rafe Van Hoy)
 (No.5, 1992)

‘Ol’ Country’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
 (No.4, 1993)

‘Almost Goodbye’ (written by Billy Livsey)
(No.1 for one week in November 1993)

‘Woman, Sensuous Woman’, which was written by Gary Sanford ‘Flip’ Paxton (Thursday 18 May 1939 – Sunday 17 July 2016)
 (No.21, 1993)

‘Goin’ Through The Big D’ (written by Mark Wright, Ronnie Rogers and John Wright)
(No.2, 1994) / this track was an ‘Extended Version’

‘Gonna Get A Life’, which was written by Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 – Friday 23 November 2012) and Jim Lauderdale
(No.1 for one week in May 1995) / this track was the ‘Single Version’

‘Down In Tennessee’ (written by Wayland D. Holyfield)
(No.23, 1995)

‘Trouble’ (written by Todd Snider)
(No.18, 1995)

‘It Wouldn’t Hurt To Have Wings’ (written by Jerry Foster, Roger LaVoie and Johnny Morris)
(No.7, 1996)

‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’ (written by Jimmy Stewart and Scott Miller)
(No.37, 1996)

In 2002, Mark Chesnutt signed to Columbia Records and saw the release, on Tuesday 21 May 2002, of ‘Mark Chesnutt’ (Columbia Records, 2002), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘She Was’ (written by Jimmy Melton and Neal Coty) (No.11, 2002)

‘I Want My Baby Back’
(written by Mark Nesler, Tony Martin and Tom Shapiro) (No.47, 2002)

‘I’m In Love With A Married Woman’, which was written by Marc Beeson and Tim Johnson (Friday 29 January 1960 – Sunday 21 October 2012) 
(No.48, 2003)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Mark Chesnutt’ (Columbia Records, 2002) also included the following tracks:

‘Don’t Know Why I Do It’ (written by Mark Nesler and Tony Martin)
‘Sacred As A Sunday’, which was written by Zack Turner, Kim Williams (Saturday 28 June 1947 – Thursday 11 February 2016) and Lonnie Wilson
‘Population Minus One’ (written by Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley and Kent Blazy)
‘You’d Be Wrong’ (written by Mark Nesler and Tony Martin)
‘Just Right For You’ (written by Mark Nesler and Tony Martin)
‘My Dreams’ (written by Chris DuBois and Lee Thomas Miller)
‘I Drew Me’ (written by Casey Beathard and Dean Dillon)
‘Good Night To Be Lonely’ (written by Michael Dulaney and Jason Sellers)

Personnel involved in the recording of Mark Chesnutt’s self-titled album, ‘Mark Chesnutt’ (Columbia Records, 2002), included the following:

Brent Mason, Reggie Young (Saturday 12 December 1936 – Thursday 17 January 2019), Billy Joe Walker Jr. (Friday 29 February 1952 – Tuesday 25 July 2017) and J.T. Corenflos (Wednesday 6 November 1963 – Saturday 24 October 2020) (electric guitar)
B James Lowry and Billy Panda (acoustic guitar)
Paul Franklin, Dan Dugmore and Robby Turner (steel guitar, Dobro)
Glenn Worf and Mike Brignardello (bass)
Eddie Bayers and Paul Leim (drums)
Russ Pahl (banjo)
Larry Franklin (fiddle, mandolin)
Hank Singer, Aubrey Haynie and Andrea Zonn (fiddle)
John A. Hobbs (Saturday 11 February 1928 – Wednesday 12 June 2019) and John Jarvis (piano, keyboards)
Eric Darken (percussion)
John Wesley Ryles, Michael Black, Liana Manis, Louis Nunley (Thursday 15 October 1931 – Friday 26 October 2012), Curtis Young, Russell Terrell, Neil Thrasher, Ray C. Walke and Wes Hightower (vocals)

Following the release of the single, ‘I’m In Love With A Married Woman’, which was written by Marc Beeson and Tim Johnson (Friday 29 January 1960 – Sunday 21 October 2012), Mark Chesnutt exited Columbia Records.

In 2004, Mark Chesnutt signed a recording contract with the independent record label, Vivaton Records, and saw the release, on Tuesday 21 September 2004, of ‘Savin’ The Honky Tonk’ (Vivaton Records, 2004), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

‘The Lord Loves The Drinkin’ Man’ (written by Kevin Fowler) (No.34, 2004) / this single was pulled by Vivaton Records after religious groups started boycotting radio stations deeming the song ‘blasphemous’

‘I’m A Saint’ (written by Jason Sellers, Tony Martin and Jimmy Ritchey)
(No.33, 2005)

‘A Hard Secret To Keep’ (written by Jim McBride and Jerry Salley)
(No.59, 2005) / following the release of this single, Vivaton Records closed its doors

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Savin’ The Honky Tonk’ (Vivaton Records, 2004) also included the following tracks:

‘Somebody Save The Honky Tonks’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Bob Regan and Jimmy Ritchey)
‘Would These Arms Be In Your Way’, which was written by Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 – Tuesday 28 April 2009), Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010) and Red Lane (Thursday 2 February 1939 – Wednesday 1 July 2015)
‘You Can’t Do Me This Way’, which was written by Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 – Sunday 25 October 1992)
‘Mama’s House’ (written by Neal Coty and Jimmy Melton)
‘Since You Ain’t Home’ (written by Shawn Camp, Ken Mellons and Dale Dodson)
‘Then We Can All Go Home’ (written by Bob Regan and Jimmy Ritchey)
‘What Are We Doing In Love’ (written by Dean Miller)
‘Don’t Ruin It For The Rest of Us’ (written by Annie Tate, Sam Tate, Georgia Middleman and Jimmy Ritchey)
‘Think Like A Woman’ (written by Jim Collins, Mark Nesler and Tony Martin)
‘Beer, Bait & Ammo’ (written by Kevin Fowler)
‘My Best Drinkin’ (written by Jim Collins, Chuck Jones and Jimmy Ritchey)
‘Honky Tonk Heroes’, which was written by Billy Joe Shaver (Wednesday 16 August 1939 – Wednesday 28 October 2020)

In 2006, Mark Chesnutt signed a recording contract with CBuJ Records and saw the release, on Tuesday 5 September 2006, of ‘Heard It In A Love Song’ (CBuJ Records, 2006), which included two tracks, which were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart, but ‘Heard It In A Love Song’ and ‘That Good, That Bad’ both failed to chart, and Mark Chesnutt departed the label shortly afterwards.

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Heard It In A Love Song’ (CBuJ Records, 2006) also included a reprise of ‘A Hard Secret To Keep’ (written by Jim McBride and Jerry Salley), which was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Savin’ The Honky Tonk’ (Vivaton Records, 2004).

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Heard It In A Love Song’ (CBuJ Records, 2006) also included a cover of ‘Apartment No.9’, which was written by Johnny Paycheck (Tuesday 31 May 1938 – Wednesday 19 February 2003) and was originally recorded by Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 – Monday 6 April 1998).

Tammy Wynette’s version of ‘Apartment No.9’, which was written by Johnny Paycheck (Tuesday 31 May 1938 – Wednesday 19 February 2003), reached No.44 on the Billboard country music singles chart in late 1966 and was subsequently included on ‘Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad’ (Epic Records, 1967).

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Heard It In A Love Song’ (CBuJ Records, 2006) also included a cover of ‘Dreaming My Dreams With You’ (written by acclaimed songwriter and producer Allen Reynolds), which was originally recorded by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002).

Waylon Jennings’ version of ‘Dreaming My Dreams’ (written by Allen Reynolds) reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975 and was included on ‘Dreaming My Dreams’ (RCA Records, 1975).

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Heard It In A Love Song’ (CBuJ Records, 2006) also included a cover of ‘You Can’t Find Many Kissers’ (written by Hank Williams Jr.), which was originally recorded by Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr.’s version of ‘You Can’t Find Many Kissers’ was originally included on ‘Rowdy’ (Elektra Records, 1981).

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Heard It In A Love Song’ (CBuJ Records, 2006) also included a cover of ‘A Shoulder To Cry On’, which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016); the track was also recorded by Merle Haggard and Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020).

Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016) recorded ‘A Shoulder To Cry On’ (written by Merle Haggard) and included the track on ‘It’s Not Love, But It’s Not Bad’ (Capitol Records, 1972).

Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded ‘A Shoulder To Cry On’, which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016), and included the track on ‘Sweet Country’ (RCA Records, 1973); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in April 1973.



On Tuesday 25 September 2007, Gene Watson saw the release of ‘In a Perfect World‘ (Shanachie Records, 2007), which was his debut album for Shanachie Records.

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

Gene Watson’s ‘In a Perfect World‘ (Shanachie Records, 2007) included ‘This Side of The Door’ (written by Tim Menzies and Shawn Camp) and featured guest vocals from Mark Chesnutt.

‘This Side of The Door’ (written by Tim Menzies and Shawn Camp) was recorded on Thursday 7 June 2007 when the photo (above) of Gene Watson and Mark Chesnutt together was taken.

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); ‘This Side of The Door’ (written by Tim Menzies and Shawn Camp) was also recorded by Tim Menzies, who included the track on ‘Tim Mensy’ (PJM Records, 2002).

In 2008, Mark Chesnutt signed a recording contract with Lofton Creek Records and saw the release, in June 2008, of ‘Rollin’ With The Flow’ (Lofton Creek Records, 2008), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart:

‘Rollin’ With The Flow’ (written by Jerry Hayes) (No.25, 2007) / the original version of this track was recorded by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995), who included it on ‘Rollin’ With the Flow’ (Epic Records, 1977); Charlie Rich’s version of the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for two weeks in August 1977

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Rollin’ With The Flow’ (Lofton Creek Records, 2008) also included the following tracks:

‘Things To Do In Wichita’ (written by Jimmy Ritchey and Bob Regan)
‘When You Love Her Like Crazy’ (written by Mark Nesler)
‘Going On Later On’ (written by Jimmy Ritchey and Bob Regan)
‘Live To Be 100’ (written by Mark Nesler)
‘When I Get This Close To You’ (written by Phil O’Donnell, Buddy Owens and Billy Lawson)
‘(Come On In) The Whiskey’s Fine’ (written by Phil O’Donnell and Dave Turnbull)
‘If The Devil Brought You Roses’ (written by Tony Stampley and Toni Dae)
‘Woman’ (written by Roger Springer)
‘Man In The Mirror’ (written by Roger Springer, Noah Kelley and Mark Chesnutt)
‘Long Way To Go’ (written by Roger Springer and Mark Chesnutt)
‘She Never Got Me Over You’, which was written by Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989), Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010)

A further three singles were released from Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Rollin’ With The Flow’ (Lofton Creek Records, 2008); ‘When You Love Her Like Crazy’, ‘(Come On In) The Whiskey’s Fine’ and ‘Things To Do In Wichita’ (written by Jimmy Ritchey and Bob Regan), all failed to chart on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart.

A fifth single was released from Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Rollin’ With The Flow’ (Lofton Creek Records, 2008); ‘She Never Got Me Over You’, which was written by Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989), Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010), was released to country music radio in the United States in March 2009, debuted at No.60 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in early April 2009 and subsequently peaked at No.49.

‘She Never Got Me Over You’ was the last song written by Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989).

Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010) had held on to this song, and he offered it to Mark Chesnutt in 2007.

In 2010, Mark Chesnutt signed a recording contract with Saguaro Road Records and saw the release, on Tuesday 22 June 2010, of ‘Outlaw’ (Saguaro Road Records, 2010), which consisted of covers of outlaw classics, including Billy Joe Shaver’s ‘Black Rose’, Hank Williams Jr.’s ‘Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound’, David Allan Coe’s ‘Need A Little Time Off For Bad Behaviour’, Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down’ and ‘Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)’, Willie Nelson’s ‘Bloody Mary Morning’ and Guy Clark’s ‘Desperados Waiting For A Train’.

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Outlaw’ (Saguaro Road Records, 2010) included the following tracks:

‘Black Rose’, which was written by Billy Joe Shaver (Wednesday 16 August 1939 – Wednesday 28 October 2020)
‘Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound’ (written by Hank Williams Jr.)
‘Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line’, which was written by Jimmy Bryant (Thursday 5 March 1925 – Monday 22 September 1980)
‘A Couple More Years’, which was written by Dennis Locorriere and Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 – Monday 10 May 1999) / this track featured guest vocals from Amber Digby
‘Need A Little Time Off For Bad Behaviour’ (written by David Allan Coe, Bobby Keel and Larry Latimer)
‘Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down’ (written by Kris Kristofferson)
‘Are You Ready For The Country’ (written by Neil Young)
‘Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)’ (written by Kris Kristofferson)
‘Country State of Mind’ (written by Roger Alan Wade and Hank Williams Jr.)
‘Freedom To Stay’ (written by Willis David Hoover)
‘Bloody Mary Morning’ (written by Willie Nelson)
‘Desperados Waiting For A Train’, which was written by Guy Clark (Thursday 6 November 1941 – Tuesday 17 May 2016)

Personnel involved in the recording of Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Outlaw’ (Saguaro Road Records, 2010) included the following:

Pete Anderson (drums, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, percussion, slide guitar)
Bob ‘Boo’ Bernstein and Gary Morse (pedal steel guitar)
Mark Chesnutt (lead vocals)
Amber Digby (vocals on ‘A Couple More Years’)
Dennis Gurwell (French accordion)
Michael Murphy (keyboards)
Mickey Raphael (harmonica)
Donny Reed (fiddle)
Chris Ross (drums)
Sarah Watkins (fiddle, soloist)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Outlaw’ (Saguaro Road Records, 2010) reached No.42 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2010.

Mark Chesnutt: 'Mark Chesnutt: Live From The Big D' (Nada Dinero Records, 2011)

In July 2011, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Mark Chesnutt: Live From The Big D’ (Nada Dinero Records, 2011), which included the following tracks:

‘Little Too Late’ (written by Roger Springer, Slugger Morrissette and Mark Chesnutt)

‘Bubba Shot The Jukebox’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
 (No.4, 1992)

‘Too Cold At Home’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
 (No.3, 1990)

‘Brother Jukebox’, which was written by Paul Craft (Friday 12 August 1938 – Saturday 18 October 2014)
 (No.1 for one week in February 1991)

‘Goin’ Through The Big D’ (written by Mark Wright, Ronnie Rogers and John Wright)
 (No.2, 1994)

‘I’ll Think of Something’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Jerry Foster
(No.1 for one week in August / September 1992)

‘For The Longest Time’
(acappella)

‘Jump, Jive & Wail’ (written by Bill Curtis)

‘Thank God For Believers’, which was 
written by Mark Alan Springer, Roger Springer and Tim Johnson (Friday 29 January 1960 – Sunday 21 October 2012) (No.2, 1997)

A medley of ‘Ol’ Country’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006) (No.4, 1993) and ‘Almost Goodbye’ (written by Billy Livsey) (No.1 for one week in November 1993)

‘Jolie’, which was written by
 Skip Ewing, Paul Overstreet and Paul Davis (Wednesday 21 April 1948 – Tuesday 22 April 2008) / this track was an album track from 1999

‘Big Mamou’ (written by Link Davis)


‘Gonna Get A Life’, which was written by Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 – Friday 23 November 2012) and Jim Lauderdale
 (No.1 for one week in May 1995)

‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ (written by Diane Warren)
(No.1 for one week in February 1999) / this track also reached No.17 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in early 1999

Mark Chesnutt: 'The Ultimate Collection: Complete MCA Singles 1990 - 2000' (Hump Head Country, 2011)

On Tuesday 27 September 2011, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘The Ultimate Collection: Complete MCA Singles 1990 – 2000’ (Hump Head Country, 2011), which included the following tracks:

Disc 1
‘Brother Jukebox’, which was written by Paul Craft (Friday 12 August 1938 – Saturday 18 October 2014)
(No.1 for one week in February 1991)

‘Too Cold At Home’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
(No.3, 1990)

‘Blame It On Texas’ (written by Ronnie Rogers and Mark Wright)
(No.5, 1991)

‘Broken Promise Land’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Sharon Rice
(No.10, 1991)

‘Your Love Is A Miracle’ (written by Bill Kenner and Mark Wright)
(No.3, 1991)

‘Bubba Shot The Jukebox’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
(No.4, 1992)

‘I’ll Think of Something’, which was written by Bill Rice (Wednesday 19 April 1939 – Saturday 28 October 2023) and Jerry Foster
(No.1 for one week in August / September 1992)

‘Old Flames Have New Names’ (written by Bobby Braddock and Rafe Van Hoy)
(No.5, 1992)

‘Almost Goodbye’ (written by Billy Livsey)
(No.1 for one week in November 1993)

‘I Just Wanted You To Know’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
(No.1 for one week in March 1994)

‘It Sure Is Monday’, which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 – Friday 22 December 2006)
(No.1 for one week in August 1993)

‘Ol’ Country’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
 (No.4, 1993)

‘Goin’ Through The Big D’ (written by Mark Wright, Ronnie Rogers and John Wright)
(No.2, 1994)

‘She Dreams’ (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison)
(No.6, 1994)

‘Woman, Sensuous Woman’, which was written by Gary Sanford ‘Flip’ Paxton (Thursday 18 May 1939 – Sunday 17 July 2016)
 (No.21, 1993)

Disc 2
‘Down In Tennessee’ (written by Wayland D. Holyfield)
(No.23, 1995)

‘Gonna Get A Life’, which was written by Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 – Friday 23 November 2012) and Jim Lauderdale
(No.1 for one week in May 1995)

‘It Wouldn’t Hurt To Have Wings’ (written by Jerry Foster, Roger LaVoie and Johnny Morris)
(No.7, 1996)

‘Trouble’ (written by Todd Snider)
(No.18, 1995)

‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’ (written by Jimmy Stewart and Scott Miller)
(No.37, 1996)

‘It’s A Little Too Late’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Slugger Morrissette)
(No.1 for one week in February 1997)

‘It’s Not Over (If I’m Not Over You)’, which was
written by Mark Wright and Larry Kingston (Sunday 10 August 1941 – Sunday 20 February 2005) (No.34, 1997) / this track featured guest vocals from Vince Gill and Alison Krauss

‘Let It Rain’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Steve Leslie)
(No.8, 1997)

‘Thank God For Believers’
, which was written by Mark Alan Springer, Roger Springer and Tim Johnson (Friday 29 January 1960 – Sunday 21 October 2012) (No.2, 1997)

‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ (written by Diane Warren)
 (No.1 for two weeks, in early 1999) / this track also reached No.17 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1999

‘I Might Even Quit Lovin’ You’
(written by Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Slugger Morrissette) (No.18, 1998)

‘Wherever You Are’
(written by Roger Springer, Reese Wilson and Tony Martin) (No.45, 1998)

‘This Heartache Never Sleeps’, which was written by Daryl Burgess and Tim Johnson (Friday 29 January 1960 – Sunday 21 October 2012)
 (No.17, 1999)

‘Fallin’ Never Felt So Good’
(written by Shawn Camp and Will Smith) (No.52, 2000)

‘Lost In The Feeling’
(written by Lewis Anderson) (No.59, 2000)

Mark Chesnutt: 'Tradition Lives' (BFD Records / Red River, 2016)

On Friday 8 July 2016, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Tradition Lives’ (BFD Records / Red River, 2016), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart:

‘Oughta Miss Me By Now’ (written by Trey Mathews and Tony Ramey) (No.55, 2016)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Tradition Lives’ (BFD Records / Red River, 2016) also included the following tracks:

‘I’ve Got A Quarter In My Pocket’ (written by John Ludowitz and Billy Yates)
Is It Still Cheating’ (written by Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and Jerrod Niemann)
Lonely Ain’t The Only Game In Town’ (written by Don Poythress, Jimmy Ritchey and Donnie Skaggs)
Neither Did I’ (written by Monty Criswell, Tim Menzies and Jimmy Ritchey)
So You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore’ (written by Roger William Michael Morgan and Jimmy Ritchey)
You Moved Up In Your World’, which was written by Dale Dodson, Brett Eldredge and Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 – Sunday 30 October 2016)
Look At Me Now’ (written by Blaine Larsen, Don Poythress and Jimmy Ritchey)
‘Losing You All Over Again’ (written by Blaine Larsen, Don Poythress and Jimmy Ritchey)
‘Never Been To Texas’ (written by Mark Chesnutt, Slugger Morrissette and Roger Springer)
‘What I Heard’ (written by Byron Hill and Cary Stone)
Hot’ (written by Don Poythress and Wynn Varble)
There Won’t Be Another Now’, which was written by Red Lane (Thursday 2 February 1939 – Wednesday 1 July 2015)

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

On Monday 24 April 2017, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Duets’ (Row Entertainment Records, 2017).

After selling more than ten million records over his career, Mark Chesnutt did something a little different, and a little special, for his fan club members in 2017, with the release of ‘Duets’ (Row Entertainment Records, 2017), which featured a dozen duets.

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Duets’ (Row Entertainment Records, 2017) was offered solely as a fan club exclusive and was only available through Mark Chesnutt official website at markchesnutt.com

In addition to the new album project, Mark Chesnutt’s fans also received ‘meet & greet’ opportunities, along with a signed photograph.

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Duets’ (Row Entertainment Records, 2017) was a collection of songs and collaborations, a unique greatest hits of sorts, from Mark Chesnutt’s long and varied country music career, and included the following tracks:

‘Make Memories With Me’ (written by Leslie Satcher and Danny Stegall)this track, which was a duet with Lee Ann Womack, was originally included on Lee Ann Womack‘s debut album, ‘Lee Ann Womack’ (Decca Records, 1997)

‘Talking To Hank’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006)
/ this track, which was a duet with George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013), was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Longnecks & Short Stories’ (MCA Records, 1992)

‘Stay All Night’, which was written by Tommy Duncan (Wednesday 11 January 1911 – Tuesday 25 July 1967) and Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 – Tuesday 13 May 1975)
 / this track, which was a duet with Ray Benson, was originally included on Asleep At The Wheel’s ‘Ride With Bob’ (DreamWorks Records, 1999)

‘A Couple More Years’, which was written by Dennis Locorriere and Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 – Saturday 8 May 1999 / Sunday 9 May 1999)
/ this track, which was a duet with Amber Digby, was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Outlaw’ (Saguaro Road Records, 2010)

‘A Good Way To Get On My Bad Side’ (written by Rivers Rutherford and George Teren)
 / this track, which was a duet with Tracy Byrd, was originally included on Tracy Byrd’s ‘Ten Rounds’ (RCA Records, 2001) and reached No.21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 2001

‘Rockin’ The Roadhouse Down’
 / this track was originally included on ‘Rockin’ The Roadhouse Down’ (CD Baby, 2014), an album which featured vocals from Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence and Joe Diffie (Sunday 28 December 1958 – Sunday 29 March 2020)

‘Rainy Day Woman’, which was written by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002)
 / this track, which was a duet with Waylon Jennings, was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘What A Way To Live’ (MCA Records, 1994)

‘Good Ones & Bad Ones’, which was written by Joe Chambers (passed away on Wednesday 28 September 2022) and Larry Jenkins
/ this track, which was a duet with George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013), was originally included on George Jones‘ ‘Still The Same Ole Me’ (Epic Records, 1981)

‘Political Incorrectness’ (written by Roger Brown and Kevin Fowler)
/ this track, which was a duet with Kevin Fowler, was originally included on Kevin Fowler’s ‘Loose, Loud & Crazy’ (Equity Music Group, 2004)

‘This Side of The Door’ (written by Tim Menzies and Shawn Camp)
 / this track, which was a duet with Gene Watson, was originally included on Gene Watson‘s ‘In a Perfect World‘ (Shanachie Records, 2007)

‘When The Grass Grows Over Me’, which was written by Don Chapel (1931 – Sunday 6 December 2015)
/ this track, which was a duet with George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013), was originally included on George Jones‘ ‘Burn Your Playhouse Down: The Unreleased Duets’ (Bandit Records, 2008)

‘Honky Tonk Song’, which was written by Mel Tillis (Monday 8 August 1932 – Sunday 19 November 2017) and Aubrey Ross ‘Buck’ Peddy (Thursday 23 April 1908 – Tuesday 13 March 1990)
 / this track, which was a duet with Tom Astor, was originally included on Tom Astor’s ‘Tom Astor & Friends: Duet’ (Ariola Records / Sony / BMG, 2007)

Mark Chesnutt : 'The Early Days' (Nada Dinero Records, 2017)

In November 2017, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘The Early Days’ (Nada Dinero Records, 2017), which included all of Mark Chesnutt’s independent singles from the 1980s, plus four bonus tracks:

‘Welcome Fool’ (written by Dave Loggins) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988)

‘Price of Getting High’ (written by Ricky Marshall) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988)

‘Heartache County’ (written by Michael Cross) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988)

‘Since I Drank My Way To Houston’ (written by Brad Brinkley) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988)

‘Country Girl’ (written by Mark Nesler) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988)

‘Running Out of The Ways To Say I Love You’ (written by Mark Chesnutt) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988)

‘Let’s Make A Memory One More Time’ (written by Mark Nesler) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988)

‘I’m A Texan’ (written by Wesley Cox) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988)

‘Heaven On My Mind’, which was written by Ray Sanders (Tuesday 1 October 1935 – Wednesday 23 October 2019) and Daryl Hall / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Doing My Country Thing’ (Axbar Records, 1988)

‘Girls Like Her, Men Like Me’ (written by W. Wimberly and B. Hart)
/ this track was a bonus track, and was originally released as a non-album single by Cherry Records in Houston, Texas in 1988

Hank Williams: 'Moanin' The Blues' (MGM Records, 1952) Hank Williams: 'Moanin' The Blues' (MGM Records, 1956)

‘Moanin The Blues’, which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953) / this track was a bonus track / the original version of this track was recorded by Hank Williams, who included it on ‘Moanin’ The Blues’ (MGM Records, 1952); the track was subsequently included on Hank Williams’ ‘Moanin’ The Blues’ (MGM Records, 1956)

‘Ol’ Country’, which was written by Bobby Harden (Thursday 27 June 1935 – Tuesday 30 May 2006) / this track, which was a bonus track, was listed as the ‘original version’ / Mark Chesnutt’s re-recording of this track was included on ‘Longnecks & Short Stories’ (MCA Records, 1992) and reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1993

‘Too Cold At Home’ / this track, which was a bonus track, was listed as the ‘original version’ / Mark Chesnutt’s re-recording of this track was included on ‘Too Cold At Home’ (MCA Records, 1990) and reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1990

Mark Chesnutt: 'Gone...But Not Forgotten' (Nada Dinero Records, 2018)

In 2018, Mark Chesnutt saw the release of ‘Gone…But Not Forgotten’ (Nada Dinero Records, 2018), a tribute album to his country music heroes, including the following acclaimed country music artists:

Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 – Saturday 5 June 1993)
• Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 – Sunday 25 October 1992)
• Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995)
 George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013)
• Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 – Monday 6 April 1998)
• Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002)
• Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 – Monday 16 December 2013)
• Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003)
• Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989)
• Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953)
 Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016)

Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Gone…But Not Forgotten’ (Nada Dinero Records, 2018) included the following tracks:

‘Lost In The Feeling’ (written by Lewis Anderson) (No.59, 2000) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Lost In The Feeling’ (MCA Records, 2000) and reached No.59 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 2000

‘You Can’t Do Me This Way’, written by Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 – Sunday 25 October 1992) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Savin’ The Honky Tonk’ (Vivaton Records, 2004)

‘Rollin’ With The Flow’ (written by Jerry Hayes) / this track was originally included on Mark Chesnutt’s ‘Rollin’ With The Flow’ (Lofton Creek Records, 2008) and reached No.25 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 2007 / the original version of this track was recorded by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995), who included it on ‘Rollin’ With the Flow’ (Epic Records, 1977); Charlie Rich’s version of the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for two weeks in August 1977

‘Walk Through This World with Me’, which was written by Sandra Noreen Seamons (Friday 31 May 1935 – Friday 22 Aug 2014) and Kay Jeanne Savage (passed away on Friday 18 December 2009) / the original version of this track was recorded by George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013), who included it on ‘Walk Through This World with Me’ (Musicor Records, 1967); George Jones‘ version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for two weeks in early 1967

‘Apartment No.9’, which was written by Fern Foley, Charles ‘Fuzzy’ Owen (Tuesday 30 April 1929 – Tuesday 12 May 2020) and Johnny Paycheck (Tuesday 31 May 1938 – Wednesday 19 February 2003) / the original version of this track was recorded by Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 – Monday 6 April 1998), who included it on ‘Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad’ (Epic Records, 1967); Tammy Wynette’s version of this track reached No.44 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1967

‘Dreaming My Dreams With You’ (written by Allen Reynolds) / the original version of this track was recorded by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002), who included it on ‘Dreaming My Dreams’ (RCA Victor Records, 1975); Waylon Jennings’ version of the track reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975

‘Heart Over Mind’, which was written by Mel Tillis (Monday 8 August 1932 – Sunday 19 November 2017) / this version of the track was a ‘live’ recording / the original version of this track was recorded by Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 – Monday 16 December 2013) as a non-album single for Columbia Records in 1961 and reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1961; the track was subsequently included on ‘The Essential Ray Price’ (Columbia Records, 1991)

‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ (written by Kris Kristofferson) / the original version of this track was recorded by Ray Stevens, who included it on ‘Have A Little Talk With Myself’ (Monument Records, 1970); Ray Stevens‘ version of the track reached No.55 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1969, and No.46 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1969 / this track was also recorded by Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003), who included it on ‘The Johnny Cash Show’ (Columbia Records, 1970); Johnny Cash’s version of the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for two weeks in October 1970, No.46 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1970, No.1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1970, and No.24 on the Australian Kent Music Report Chart in 1970

‘Would These Arms Be In Your Way’, which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010), Red Lane (Thursday 2 February 1939 – Wednesday 1 July 2015) and Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 – Tuesday 28 April 2009) / the original version of this track was recorded by Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989), who included it on ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’ (RCA Records, 1988); Keith Whitley’s version of this track, which featured harmony vocals from Emmylou Harris and Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 – Tuesday 28 April 2009), reached No.36 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1988

‘Lost Highway’, which was written by Leon Payne (Friday 15 June 1917 – Thursday 11 September 1969) / the original version of this track was recorded by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953), who included it on ‘Hank Williams Sings‘ (MGM Records, 1951); Hank Williams’ version of this track reached No.12 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1949

‘Swinging Doors’, which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016)/ this version of the track was a ‘live’ recording / the original version of this track was recorded by Merle Haggard, who included it on ‘Swinging Doors’ (Capitol Records, 1966); Merle Haggard‘s version of the track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1966

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