On Thursday, September 28th, multi- platinum selling country artist and Texas native, Mark Chesnutt, was presented the first ever Trailblazer Award along with a Thank You Plaque for serving as a Spoken-person for the Texas Country Music Association (TCMA) at their 2017 awards ceremony. Though Chesnutt was unable to attend due to an unexpected illness, his good friend and co-writer Roger Springer accepted the award in his honor.

"It was unfortunate that Mark got ill and could not make it to the Awards show. “said Linda Wilson, founder of the TCMA. “He was missed, but the Finalists and Award Recipients along with amazing performances made the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards show an evening that will go down in history."

Mark was heavy hearted that he could not attend the event, but was thrilled that Roger Springer, co-writer of the #1 singles “It’s a Little Too Late” and “Thank God For Believers” was there to accept it in his place.

“I am very sorry to have missed such a special event,” Chesnutt said. “Receiving the Trail Blazer award from my home state is such an honor, and I am thankful for my friend Roger Springer for accepting it in my absence.”

The TCMA is an organization dedicated to the promotion and support of both established and new artists, songwriters and musicians from Texas, as well as those who perform in the state. Chesnutt doubles as spokesperson for Texas Country Cares, the TCMA’s charity, which will show the support of the music community in times of need throughout the state.

The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization with 501c3 status and donations are tax deductible. To join, donate or for more information visit www.texascountrymusic.org.

For more information on Mark Chesnutt, please visit www.markchesnutt.com.

2016 Tradition Lives Tour Dates:
Oct. 14 Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, Tenn.
Oct. 15 Showplace Music Hall - Memphis, Tenn.
Oct. 20 Arlington Music Hall - Arlington, Texas
Oct. 21 Highland Bayou Park - La Marque, Texas
Oct. 27 Space Coast State Fair - Melbourne, Fla.
Oct. 28 Coastal Carolina Fair - Ladson, S.C.
Nov. 04 Prairie Knights Casino - Fort Yates, N.D.
Nov. 08 Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater - Branson, Mo.
Nov. 10 The Center for the Performing Arts - The Palladium - Carmel, Ind.
Nov. 11 Meyer Theater - Green Bay, Wis.
Nov. 17 Ford Arena - Beaumont, Texas
Nov. 18 Dos Amigos - Odessa, Texas
Dec. 01 Memorial Auditorium - Chattanooga, Tenn.
Dec. 02 Freedom Hall Civic Center - Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec. 03 Knoxville Coliseum - Knoxville, Tenn.

About Mark Chesnutt:
A native of Beaumont, Texas, traditional-minded classic country singer Mark Chesnutt began his run up the charts in 1990 with “Too Cold At Home,” and followed that initial hit up with blockbuster 90s favorites such as “Brother Jukebox,” “Let It Rain,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Along the way, he has earned one Gold album and four Platinum albums. He has been nominated for several industry awards, and has a CMA trophy to his credit – the 1993 Vocal Event of the Year prize for “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” a hit for The Possum, George Jones. Chesnutt continues to be a touring favorite, with close to 175 dates on his calendar – which is booked well into the beginning of 2017. For more information on Mark Chesnutt, please visit markchesnutt.com.
 
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