Mark Chesnutt, one of the most renowned country music artists of the 1990s and purveyor of honky tonk for more than three decades, has cancelled several shows after having emergency heart surgery.

The 60-year-old singer was hospitalized and underwent emergency quadruple bypass surgery following a heart health issue on Sunday evening, June 16, according to a post on Chesnutt’s Instagram.

”It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of my upcoming shows,” Chesnutt wrote on the post. “I send my love and gratitude to my family and friends, the band and fans for your understanding, prayers and support, and look forward to seeing you all again soon at a honky tonk near you.”

The chart-topping musician was supposed to play shows in Louisiana and Texas on June 21 and June 22, as well as take part in Dauphin’s Countryfest in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, on June 30.

“Dauphin’s Countryfest is extremely saddened to hear the news that we won’t have Mark Chesnutt grace our stage this summer,” the festival said in a statement on Instagram. “We continue to send healing vibes to Mark and his family during his recovery. Our team is working diligently to secure another act to add to our wonderful Sunday lineup and will make an announcement as soon as we can.”

Known for his neo-traditionalist country and honky-tonk influences, Chesnutt rose to stardom in the early ‘90s and has a long list of albums and hit songs in his catalog.

Among those, Chesnutt has had 20 top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Eight of those 20 songs — “Brother Jukebox,” “It Sure Is Monday,” “I’ll Think of Something,” “I Just Wanted You to Know,” “Gonna Get a Life,” “Almost Goodbye,” “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” and “It’s a Little Too Late,” all hit No. 1 on the charts.

Chesnutt had shows scheduled starting in September in Kentucky, Indiana, Texas and Nevada, according to his tour website. Chesnutt’s Instagram post asked people to respect his family’s privacy as the singer recovers.





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