Savin' the Honky Tonk

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Savin' the Honky Tonk
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 2004 (2004-09-21)
Genre Country
Length49:29
Label Vivaton!
Producer Jimmy Ritchey
Mark Chesnutt chronology
Mark Chesnutt
(2002)
Savin' the Honky Tonk
(2004)
Heard It in a Love Song
(2006)
Singles from Savin' the Honky Honk
  1. "The Lord Loves the Drinkin' Man"
    Released: July 17, 2004
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Savin' the Honky Tonk is the eleventh studio album by American country music artist Mark Chesnutt. His first album for the Vivtaon! label, it features the singles "The Lord Loves the Drinkin' Man", "I'm a Saint", and "A Hard Secret to Keep", which reached #34, #33, and #59, respectively, on the Hot Country Songs charts.

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.

Mark Chesnutt American singer-songwriter

Mark Nelson Chesnutt is an American country music singer. Between 1990 and 2002, he had his greatest chart success recording for Universal Music Group Nashville's MCA and Decca branches, with a total of eight albums between those two labels. During this timespan, Chesnutt also charted twenty Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which eight reached No. 1: "Brother Jukebox", "I'll Think of Something", "It Sure Is Monday", "Almost Goodbye", "I Just Wanted You to Know", "Gonna Get a Life", "It's a Little Too Late", and a cover of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing". His first three albums for MCA along with a 1996 Greatest Hits package issued on Decca are all certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); 1994's What a Way to Live, also issued on Decca, is certified gold. After a self-titled album in 2002 on Columbia Records, Chesnutt has continued to record predominantly on independent labels.

Hot Country Songs Weekly chart published by Billboard

Hot Country Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States.

Contents

Three of this album's tracks were previously recorded by other artists. "Beer, Bait, and Ammo" was originally recorded by its writer, Kevin Fowler, on his 2000 album of the same name, and later by Sammy Kershaw on his 2003 album I Want My Money Back . Fowler also recorded "The Lord Loves the Drinkin' Man" on his 2004 album Loose, Loud & Crazy . "Would These Arms Be in Your Way" was originally recorded by Keith Whitley on his 1988 album Don't Close Your Eyes.

Kevin Fowler American musician

Kevin Fowler is an American singer-songwriter. He has released five studio albums, and has charted four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the top 40 hit "Pound Sign (#?*!)". In addition, he wrote Sammy Kershaw's 2003 single "Beer, Bait & Ammo", Mark Chesnutt's 2004 single "The Lord Loves the Drinkin' Man" and Montgomery Gentry's 2009 single "Long Line of Losers".

<i>Beer, Bait & Ammo</i> 2000 studio album by Kevin Fowler

Beer, Bait & Ammo is the debut album of American country music singer Kevin Fowler. It was released on November 21, 2000 on the independent Tin Roof label.

Sammy Kershaw American country musician

Samuel Paul Kershaw is an American country music artist. He has released 16 studio albums, with three RIAA platinum certifications and two gold certifications among them. More than 25 singles have entered Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the number one hit "She Don't Know She's Beautiful" and 10 more Top 10 hits: "Cadillac Style", "Anywhere but Here", "Haunted Heart", "Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer", "I Can't Reach Her Anymore", "National Working Woman's Holiday", "Third Rate Romance", "Meant to Be", "Vidalia", and "Love of My Life".

The people pictured on the album cover include all of Chesnutt's road band and crew.

Track listing

  1. "Somebody Save the Honky Tonks" (Mark Chesnutt, Bob Regan, Jimmy Ritchey) - 3:18
  2. "I'm a Saint" (Jason Sellers, Tony Martin, Ritchey) - 2:59
  3. "The Lord Loves the Drinkin' Man" (Kevin Fowler) - 4:03
  4. "Would These Arms Be in Your Way" (Vern Gosdin, Hank Cochran, Red Lane) - 3:11
  5. "You Can't Do Me This Way" (Roger Miller) - 2:20
  6. "A Hard Secret to Keep" (Jim McBride, Jerry Salley) - 3:22
  7. "What Are We Doing in Love" (Dean Miller) - 2:51
  8. "Don't Ruin It for the Rest of Us" (Annie Tate, Sam Tate, Georgia Middleman, Ritchey) - 3:54
  9. "Mama's House" (Neal Coty, Jimmy Melton) - 3:04
  10. "Since You Ain't Home" (Shawn Camp, Ken Mellons, Dale Dodson) - 3:54
  11. "Think Like a Woman" (Jim Collins, Mark Nesler, Martin) - 3:11
  12. "Then We Can All Go Home" (Regan, Ritchey) - 3:18
  13. "Beer, Bait and Ammo" (Fowler) - 4:15
  14. "My Best Drinkin'" (Collins, Chuck Jones, Ritchey) - 4:02
  15. "Honky Tonk Heroes" (Billy Joe Shaver) - 1:36

Production

Personnel

As listed in liner notes. [2]

Eddie Bayers American session drummer

Eddie Bayers is an American session drummer who has played on 300 gold and platinum albums. He received the Academy of Country Music 'Drummer of the Year Award' for fourteen years, and has three times won the Nashville Music Awards 'Drummer of the Year'. He was also a member of two bands: The Players, and The Notorious Cherry Bombs.

Lawrence Alvin "Larry" Franklin is an American fiddle and mandolin player, session musician, and composer. His style embraces country, blues, rock & roll, jazz, and Western swing.

Fiddle musical instrument

Fiddling refers to the act of playing the fiddle, and fiddlers are musicians that play it. A fiddle is a bowed string musical instrument, most often a violin. It is a colloquial term for the violin, used by players in all genres including classical music. Although violins and fiddles are essentially synonymous, the style of the music played may determine specific construction differences between fiddles and classical violins. For example, fiddles may optionally be set up with a bridge with a flatter arch to reduce the range of bow-arm motion needed for techniques such as the double shuffle, a form of bariolage involving rapid alternation between pairs of adjacent strings. To produce a "brighter" tone, compared to the deeper tones of gut or synthetic core strings, fiddlers often use steel strings. The fiddle is part of many traditional (folk) styles, which are typically aural traditions—taught 'by ear' rather than via written music.

Chart performance

Chart (2004)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums23
U.S. Billboard 20070
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums15

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References

  1. Allmusic review
  2. Savin' the Honky Tonk (CD). Mark Chesnutt. Vivaton! Records. 2004. VIV01.CS1 maint: others (link)