The singer is recovering from heart surgery

Nineties country neo-traditionalist Mark Chesnutt experienced a heart health issue over the weekend that hospitalized him Sunday evening (June 16th), forcing him to undergo emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery. The recuperation time will make it necessary to cancel show dates, a statement reads on social media.

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

It’s unclear how many shows have been affected as dates from June 21st through December 6th are still published on his website. His team asks that fans respect Chesnutt and his family’s privacy during this difficult time.

This is the most recent of a series of setbacks that have forced the country legend off the road. In February 2023, the “Goin’ Through The Big D” singer canceled three shows for an unspecified illness. In November 2023, the 60-year-old was admitted to an East Tennessee hospital in critical condition for unknown health reasons but vowed to take time to heal.

In 2021, he was forced off the road until summer 2022 due to emergency back surgery.

As one of the 90s country’s most-played artists, Chesnutt has earned 23 top 10 hits with 14 hitting No. 1. He’s sold more than 12 million albums and was awarded the CMA Horizon Award (now known as Best New Artist) and Vocal Event of the Year in 1993 for “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” with George Jones, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie and other country stars at the time.