Traditional Country Music Lives On Through Mark Chesnutt.
When Mark Chesnutt revealed the title of his upcoming fifteenth studio album, I had no doubt that the country music world was in for a real treat. Then again, any time that we see the release of new music from Chesnutt, it’s practically a guarantee that we can expect nothing less than a collection of true traditional country music.
Tradition Lives, the follow-up to Mark Chestnut’s 2010 album, Outlaw, features thirteen fantastic honky-tonk flavored tracks covering everything from jukeboxes, broken hearts and a jab at the state of modern “country”music.
The album’s first track, “I’ve Got A Quarter In My Pocket,” is classic Chesnutt and would’ve without a doubt, been a country radio chart topper throughout the 90’s. Following suit, songs “Neither Did I” and “Look At Me Now” certainly fit that same mold. Sadly, being the shape that country radio has fallen “ill” to in the present day, this seems less and less likely. Chesnutt, of course, is beyond well aware of this fact, which comes to light in another incredible track (Probably my favorite of the collection) in “Never Been To Texas.”
Along with the classic Mark Chesnutt sounds of Tradition Lives, a few recognizable names of today appear in the songwriting credits. Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Neimann, Randy Houser and Brett Eldredge are amongst those who contributed to the album, along with one of today’s most talented up-and-comers, William Michael Morgan.
Tradition Lives closes out with a bonus track, titled “There Won’t Be Another Now,” a tribute to the legendary Merle Haggard, who was clearly a lifelong influence on Mark.
The latest album from Mark Chesnutt is a hands-down, must have album. There is no question about it. In fact, Tradition Lives may very well be our top contender for the best country album of 2016! Yes, it’s THAT good.