Honky Tonk Legend Mark Chesnutt Shares Health Update After Emergency Surgery

Chesnutt says he can’t wait to get back on the road to see his fans.


Lauren Jo Black

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July 8, 2024


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After undergoing emergency quadruple bypass surgery last month, Mark Chesnutt recently returned to social media to give fans an update on his health. 

The honky tonk legend says he is “healing at home comfortably” and while he did not provide an estimated date for his return to the road, he said he “can’t wait to get back out singin with the band and the fans!” 

Fans rallied around the Texas native in the comments section, wishing him a speedy recovery and sharing their anticipation over seeing him in concert again soon.

“Great to hear you’re taking some you time. Take your time brother, we will be here when you venture out again,” one Instagram user wrote. 

Another shared, “Take all the time you need. Looking forward to seeing you in concert again!”

Last week, the “Too Cold At Home” singer revealed that he “got a new heart” and thanked fans for supporting him amid this challenging time. 

“Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers,” he wrote.” They have helped and meant the world to me in my time of need. I appreciate you all so very much. See yuh soon!”

In mid-June, Mark Chesnutt was forced to cancel a handful of concerts due to a “heart health issue.”  

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the cancellation of my upcoming shows,” Chesnutt shared at the time. “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.”

Photo Courtesy Mark Chesnutt Facebook
Photo Courtesy Mark Chesnutt Facebook

The singer and his family asked for privacy during this “difficult time of recovery.”

Chesnutt’s latest health setback comes just months after he was admitted to the hospital for a “medical evaluation” last fall. At the time, Chesnutt and his team thanked fans for the “outpouring of love, prayers, and support” but did not further elaborate on the medical issues he was experiencing. 

A few days later, in mid-November, he issued a statement that revealed that he was going to take a break from touring in an effort to take the time to “get healthy.” 

Photo Courtesy Mark Chesnutt
Photo Courtesy Mark Chesnutt

“Many of you who know me well, know that I have been struggling with a battle that I’ve fought to overcome for many years on my own. Now after some extreme health issues I’ve recently experienced the time has come. The fight is over,” he wrote. 

He elaborated on his decision to step back from touring, writing, “I’ve made the decision, to take the time to get healthy. I’ll be coming off the road for the next couple of months to concentrate on getting well…..to take care of me, my family and so that I can get back out on the road, to give back to ALL of you who have shown me unconditional support, care and love throughout my entire career.”

Chesnutt returned to the road earlier this year and has been playing shows ever since. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.