If That Ain’t Country February 28, 2019 (Mark Chesnutt – Thank God For Believers)

Mark Chesnutt - Thank God For Believers (Cover CD)
Mark Chesnutt - Thank God For Believers (Cover CD)

Mark Chesnutt – Thank God For Believers

In this week’s episode, we’re featuring a fiddle and steel framed return to form for Mark Chesnutt: Thank God For Believers (1997). After debuting in the first half of the nineties, Chesnutt’s first four albums were a resounding commercial success: with producer Mark Wright, he enjoyed three platinum and one gold album right out of the gate, steeped in this Beaumont, Texas native’s keen sense of tradition. In 1995 he teamed with Tony Brown, but the resulting Wings was a flop in relative terms. The choice was made to reunite with Mark Wright and the rewards were almost immediate. The title track went rocketing into the Top 2 and other singles had success also – but perhaps most notable about Thank God For Believers was the involvement of Chesnutt himself. Having not written much for his previous work, the Texan traditionalist had a hand in five of the ten tracks here. Along with veteran Oklahoma songwriter Roger Springer, many nights were spent on the tour bus listening to classic Haggard and Jones for inspiration. One such night, the Jones weeper When The Grass Grows Over Me inspired a Chesnutt/Leslie/Springer co-write in That Side Of You, which Chesnutt confesses is his personal pick of the bunch. Such a reverence for tradition, along with Buddy Emmons on steel guitar and Larry Franklin on fiddle for the majority of this project makes Thank God For Believers a good example of what 90s honky tonk ought to sound like.

HOUR 1:

1. Mark Chesnutt – Goodbye Heartache (1997)
2. Ernest Tubb – What Am I Living For (1958)
3. YOUTUBE REFLECTIONS: George Strait – The Seashores Of Old Mexico (2006)
4. Mark Chesnutt – Hello Honky Tonk (1997)
5. Mark Chesnutt – It’s Not Over (1997)
6. Billie Jo Spears – Goin’ Steady (1971)
7. George Highfill & Katy Moffatt – Nickels & Dimes (1986)
BUMPER: Buck Owens – Orange Blossom Special
8. Blue Highway – Restless Working Man (2011)
9. Dale Watson – Drag ‘N’ Fly (2009)
10. David Paul Nowlin – 45 RPM (2018)
11. Billy Walker – The Lawman (1965)
12. Billy Walker – Cross The Brazos At Waco (1965)
13. Charley Pride – Piroque Joe (1971)
14. Garry Ash – Swing Me Back Home (2017)
15. Billy Walker – Buy Juanita Some Flowers (1965)
16. Billy Walker – Samuel Colt (1965)

HOUR 2:

1. Bill Anderson – Lorene (1984)
2. AUSSIE INJECTION: Colin Buchanan – Trader Bob (2018)
3. AUSSIE INJECTION: Colin Buchanan – Come What May (1991)
4. Mark Chesnutt – Numbers On The Jukebox (1997)
5. Mark Chesnutt – That Side Of You (1997)
6. Faron Young – Alabama Rose (1970)
BUMPER: Bob Wills – San Antonio Rose
7. George Jones, Tammy Wynette & Tina – The Telephone Call (1975)
8. Floyd Tillman – It’s Got Me Down (1947)
9. Nat Stuckey – The Snuff Queen (1971)
10. Summer Dean – Queen Of The Clowns (2016)
11. COUNTRY COVERS: James Intveld – Stop The World (And Let Me Off) (2000)
12. COUNTRY COVERS: Johnny Wright – Bright Lights And Country Music (1965)
13. COUNTRY COVERS: Boxcar Willie – Lonesome Joe (1982)
14. SHOT OF STEEL: Freddie Hart – Coldest Bed (1973)
15. Mark Chesnutt – Useless (1997)
16. The Western Swing Authority – Swingin’ From The Rafters (2018)

HOUR 3: If That Ain’t Country’s Year In Country Music – 2008

1. George Strait – Make Her Fall In Love With Me Song
2. Joey & Rory – Boots
3. Slim Lehart – Wheeling Cat (1970s)
4. Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice – Poor Mountain
5. Ray Scott – Sometimes The Bottle Hits Ya Back
6. Ray Scott – Ashtray On A Motorcycle
7. Patty Loveless – Why Baby Why
8. Charlie Sizemore Band – No Blues Is Good News
9. Jerry Webb – Wall To Wall
10. Rance Norton & Johnny Bush – Pop A Top
BUMPER: Buck Owens – Orange Blossom Special
11. Miss Leslie & Her Juke Jointers – I Can Still Feel
12. Kelly Spinks & Tony Douglas – Mention My Name
13. Kelly Spinks & Tony Douglas – His & Hers
14. Brad Paisley & Buck Owens – Come On In
15. Red Jenkins & Jack Barlow – To Hell And Half Of Georgia
16. Jody Nix – Tool Pusher From Synder