Rollin' With the Flow - Single
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Most fans know that Mark Chesnutt is a dying breed in country music, among the last in line of a particular tradition. Chesnutt spent a full decade trying to get signed before his manager Joe Ladd scored him a deal with MCA in the early '90s. Chesnutt's Rollin' with the Flow is another steady, consistent, remarkable country record, filled with great songs, amazing musicians, stellar production, and — of course — his clear, clean, expressive voice. It also seemed in mid-2008 that music fans were rediscovering his brand of no-frills, clean-sounding country. The dozen tracks on Chesnutt's 12th album on the independent Lofton Creek Records reflect, that after 22 years in the music biz, he remains a solid and completely trustworthy artist who delivers no matter the setting. Producer Jimmy Ritchey assembled an all-star cast, including bassist Glenn Worf and guitarists B. James Lowry and Brent Mason, with drummers Eddie Bayers and Lonnie Wilson, among others, reflecting the singer's deep commitment to modern honky tonk music. These days, this is as straight-up country as you're likely to find. The song selection contains a pair of originals by Chesnutt as well as a few by Ritchey and Bob Regan, including the opener, "Things to Do in Wichita," a midtempo guitar-drenched ballad that feels like a road trip song. Chesnutt sings in his winsome baritone about the many miniscule things he does to kill time while waiting for his estranged girlfriend to call. The title track, written by Jerry Hayes, is another shimmering ballad about living through the changes he's endured during the process of road rambling. These are both sad songs, but they also transfer honest emotion and tell stories that people can insert themselves into and empathize with. There's also great humor here, as in the rollicking "(Come on In) The Whiskey's Fine," which feels like an update of "High Friends in Low Places." (Chesnutt recorded the song before Garth Brooks.) Add to this the midtempo rocking country blues of "If the Devil Brought You Roses." In sum, anybody remotely interested in real country music these days needs to seek out Rollin' with the Flow; it's as solid an album as Chesnutt's ever recorded — which is saying plenty.
Hard to beat perfection!
The late great Charlie Rich is one of the HARDEST singers to do a repeat version to any of his songs,he had a unique sound and deliverance, HOWEVER... MARK CHESTNUTT has managed with his wonderfully talented voice and feel for a song to make this one of his best pieces and to make it his own also,I can't say enough good things about this singer, ,,,,his music says it all if you listen to the mellowing over the years. Thank you Mr. Chestnutt for reviving this timeless song.....and the great memories that comes to mind from that timespan..An avid admirer of both of these singers a BIG ten gallon hats off to Mark!
I heard this played tonight on my local radio station and I couldn't believe to here this was Mark Chesnutt. He proves with this song that he can still sing with the best of them. I hope it becomes a big hit for him.
A Great Cover
This is a great cover by Mark Chesnutt of a 1970's Charlie Rich tune. The original was slightly more upbeat than this one, but was also a little over-orchestrated. Mr. Chesnutt's voice is well suited for this song and it really shows.
Born: September 6, 1963 in Beaumont, TX
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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