One of country music’s finest stylists Mark Chesnutt is set to introduce his latest single entitled “When The Lights Go Out (Tracie’s Song)” written and recorded as a loving autobiographic dedication to his devoted wife, Tracie, and validating once again Chesnutt’s foothold as a mainstay in the country music format.
Trademarked by Chesnutt’s vocal performance, the single is simplistic in lyric and delivery, authentic in presentation and quintessential in time. Written alongside long-time friend and producer Jimmy Ritchey and “Chesnutt hitmaker” Roger Springer (“It’s A Little Too Late” / ”Thank God For Believers”), the ballad is a true-to-life short story illustrative of Chesnutt’s life as a career performer and road warrior, and his enduring lifetime love, Tracie Chesnutt.
“I guess this song has been in the works for the last twenty some-odd years,” Chesnutt introduced. “I’m blessed to have a woman who understands me and this crazy music business. When we sat down to write, this song was already written; it wrote itself thanks to Tracie.”
In keeping with the string of hits that brought him to the dance in the 90s (“I Just Wanted You To Know”/”Thank God For Believers”/”Almost Goodbye”), Chesnutt is masterful in his natural ability to let his voice shape the words to create a moving musical motion picture reminiscent of traditional country music standards such as Charlie Rich’s “Behind Closed Doors” and Vern Gosdin’s “Is It Raining At Your House.”
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT, I’M JUST A MAN
A MAN IN LOVE WITH A WOMAN
NO MATTER WHERE I GO
I’LL ALWAYS TURN AROUND AND COME BACK HOME
CAUSE GIRL, YOU’RE ALWAYS WHERE I’M GOING
WHEN YOU’RE HERE WITH ME, LAYING IN MY ARMS UP AGAINST MY HEART,
THAT’S WHO I REALLY AM
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT
The first single from Mark’s own independent label, Nada Dinero Records, the vocals were recorded in casual comfort at the home of producer Jimmy Ritchey (who produced Chesnutt’s last three albums SAVIN’ THE HONKY TONK, HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG and ROLLIN’ WITH THE FLOW). This Chesnutt original has been in the making since Mr. and Mrs. Mark Chesnutt married in 1992. In the chapters immediately following, Chesnutt was recognized with the CMA Horizon Award in 1993 and named Billboard’s Top 10 Most Played Artist of the 90s. Tracie appeared on horseback in Chesnutt’s music video “Almost Goodbye.” Mark and Tracie have three sons (Waylon, Casey and Cameron).
“This song is an excerpt of my life story; it’s personal. So, it’s fitting that we’re releasing it in celebration of Tracie’s birthday on May 15. Happy Birthday, Tracie!” Chesnutt shared.
Carrying the torch in the footsteps of George Jones and Waylon Jennings, Chesnutt plays nearly 100 dates a year. He has four platinum albums, five gold albums, 14 No. 1 singles and 23 Top 10 singles to his name; his trademarked voice has shaped the music of today’s country music newcomers and the new country music generation.
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