Tradition Lives

Tradition Lives

by Mark ChesnuttMark Chesnutt


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In the very title of 2016's Tradition Lives, Mark Chesnutt wears his allegiance proudly: he's not concerned about the present, he's determined to keep old-time country alive. That doesn't mean that Tradition Lives consists of nothing but hardwood honky tonk tunes, although the album has a fair share of those to be sure: "Lonely Ain't the Only Game in Town" and "Never Been to Texas" are the kind of songs that would feel comfortable in any beer joint south of the Red River. Chesnutt surrounds these songs with softer tunes, ones that echo the smoother sounds of the '80s and early '90s, the time when the Texan first started to gain some traction. These cuts aren't pop so much as they are soft and elastic, demonstrating how Chesnutt can lean into a lyric, and they also benefit from the aesthetic that ties together the whole of Tradition Lives. Throughout the album, Chesnutt keeps things simple, spare, and easy, keeping the focus on the song and the instrumental interplay -- the very things that make for great country, of which this is proudly part of that long tradition.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2016
Label: Bfd
UPC: 0819376096421
catalogNumber: 64

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Chesnutt   Primary Artist
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Tim Roberts   Overdubs
Ed Seay   Overdubs
Erik Hellerman   Overdubs
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Jimmy Ritchey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim "Moose" Brown   Organ,Piano,Hammond B3
Jake Burns   Overdubs
James B Lowery   Acoustic Guitar
Glen Worff   Bass,Upright Bass
Mike Johnson   Dobro,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Chesnutt   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Billy Yates   Composer
Donnie Skaggs   Composer
Slugger Morrissette   Composer
Roger Springer   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Dale Dodson   Composer
Wynn Varble   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
Randy Houser   Composer
Jimmy Ritchey   Composer,Producer,Tic Tac
Blaine Larsen   Composer
Tony Ramey   Composer
Jamey Johnson   Composer
Jerrod Niemann   Composer
Don Poythress   Composer
Brett Eldredge   Composer
Tim Menzies   Composer
John Ludowitz   Composer
Trey Mathews   Composer
Cary Stone   Composer
Roger William Michael Morgan   Composer
Mike McCary   Cover Design
Jason Waite   Cover Photo

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