Chesnutt unplugged at Sondheim
Country music treasure Mark Chesnutt will be unplugged, sharing his hits and the stories behind the music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.
Critics have hailed Chesnutt as a classic country singer of the first order and some of country music’s most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment.
Chesnutt’s stature is easily gauged. He has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top 10 singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to his credit. His trademarked voice has shaped the music of today’s country music newcomers and the new country music generation.
If you ask Chesnutt, he’ll tell you, “It’s the music and the fans that have kept me around this long.”
Those same fans helped his records to climb the charts one right after the other making him one of Billboard’s 10 most-played radio artists of the 1990s. Chesnutt’s singles were some the decade’s most memorable from the fun tempo “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” to emotional ballad “I’ll Think Of Something.”
Chesnutt is easily identified for his string of hits including “Brother Jukebox,” “Blame It On Texas,” “Old Flames Have New Names,” “Old Country,” “It Sure Is Monday,” “Almost Goodbye,” “I Just Wanted You To Know,” “Going Through The Big D,” “It’s A Little Too Late,” “Gonna Get A Life,” and one of his biggest, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing;” a song that held its position at the top of the charts for four consecutive weeks.
Opening for Mark Chesnutt will be country singer/songwriter Jeffrey Hedquist at 7:15 p.m.
Hedquist loves stories, and some of the best stories are told in country songs.
Hedquist’s dad played cowboy songs on the radio in the 1940s so it was only natural that he’d pass the torch — actually, a flaming guitar — to his son. Thousands of concerts later, from colleges to coffeehouses to bars and auditoriums throughout North America, Hedquist is back to share his songs in Fairfield.
He might be the only singer who’s performed onstage with both Pete Seeger and Mike Love of the Beach Boys — not at the same time — but there’s a thread of country running through his music.
Tickets for Mark Chesnutt Unplugged are $39 for Zone 1, $33 for Zone 2, $22 for Zone 3 and $15 for Zone 4 and $15 for youth and student tickets.
Tickets are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center ticket office, 472-2787 and online www.FairfieldACC.com.