Country music singer Mark Chesnutt has had 14 No. 1 hits and 23 top ten singles. He has released four platinum selling albums, and he has five gold records.
The guitarist and singer of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” “It’s a Little Too Late” and “Gonna Get a Life” will soon be making a stop in North Texas to perform at Hot Summer Nights in Sherman. He will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday on the Sherman Municipal Building Lawn.
Chesnutt released his most recent album,” Tradition Lives,” in 2016 and has two albums under the label Nada Dinero Records set for release soon.
Currently on a summer tour, this Texas-native got his start in the honky-tonks of Beaumont, and he continues his love of performing at small venues with his upcoming Sherman appearance.
Chesnutt answered a few questions about his upcoming performance in Sherman.
Q. If you were to take just one of your songs off of “Tradition Lives” to be an anthem for you, what song would you pick and why?
A. It’s track one, “Quarter in my Pocket.” Gary Allen’s old guitar player wrote this and I got to hear it years ago and loved the song. It’s a shuffle. It’s my kinda music. It’s Texas Honky Tonk and I think that style defines me as an artist.
Q. How has music been cathartic for you? How does it help you release and get away from the stresses of the world?
A. I still get a little nervous when I go out on stage, but as soon as I sing that first line it all goes away. The stress goes away. I just feel great. I feed off that energy the audience is giving off.
Q. Country music has changed over the years. Really each generation has an idea of what it would like the genre to be. How would you describe country music now and what would you like to see from the genre?
A. If you listen to country music during any decade, there are songs you are gonna like and ones you don’t. But the one thing you always get is honest lyrics, that is the one thing that has not changed. I like today’s country music; there are still great songs being written everyday.
Q. The performance in Grayson County is a free community concert. Do you like playing community shows or do you prefer arena shows? And, why?
A. I prefer the small shows and free shows. The crowd is closer to you, and I can feel the energy. You know they say bigger is not always better.
Q. If you could put together your dream tour, who would be on it along with yourself? And, what would you call the tour?
A. I’ve been on tour with my heroes and the legends of country music. George Jones, Conway Twitty to name a couple. Actually one of the first tours I was on was with both those guys. You talk about learning a lot about performing. That was a dream tour.
Q. What advice would you give someone that is trying to break into the country music world? And, can you tell me one thing that you have learned along the way that you would consider the greatest bit of advice?
A. Find your style and work to get it perfect and make it even better. Waylon told me to never lose my integrity when it comes to my music, so that is what I tell the singers that are coming up.
Q. What would you like to be saying when they leave your performance?
A. Great show, he sounded just like his CDs.