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Saguaro Road Recording Artist Honored By Texas Navy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 23, 2010)—In conjunction with the celebration surrounding his release of OUTLAW this week, Mark Chesnutt was recognized with an honor quite opposite the new CD title!  The honky-tonkin’, road warrior whose home base is in Beaumont, Texas, was commissioned as a Texas Navy Admiral by Texas State Governor Rick Perry “with all rights and privileges appertaining thereto and with the duty of assisting in the preservation of the history, boundaries, water resource, and civil defense of the State.”

“I’m not sure I know what it means to be an honorary Admiral of the Navy, but it sounds like a whole lot of responsibility,” Chesnutt said in good humor.  “I’m really honored; this came as quite a surprise.  Just goes to show, you never know who’s watching over you and what you do.  It’s nice to feel like what we do makes a difference.”

This distinguished recognition is one of many for Chesnutt.  In 2004, Mark was selected as the first recipient to be honored with the “W” Award.  The first of its kind—making its debut in 2004—the “W” Award was presented to Mark by the Republican Party of Florida in gratitude and appreciation for his contribution and support in performing at the various Republication parties and rallies.  The “W” award (“W” being symbolic for George “W” Bush) is bestowed upon select individuals by the Republican Party who have demonstrated extraordinary ability, patriotism and steadfast leadership.

In 2005, Mark Chesnutt was tagged as Mr. Honky Tonk International. No matter the language, Country Music listeners in Austria, Belgium, Cze ch Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain as well as Norway, Iceland and Switzerland identified with Mark and his music to make him the voice of Country Music worldwide.  He performed at the 13th Annual GACMF (German American Country Music Federation) Awards Show in Erfurt, Thueringen, Germany in January 2005.

Now with four platinum albums, five gold albums, 14 No. 1 singles, and 23 Top 10 singles to his musical credit, Chesnutt has released OUTLAW—12 recordings in honor of his heroes--the artists who shaped his voice, his artistry, and his career—he revisits musical history and quintessential songs warranted by the likes of the legends that forged their own paths: Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Hank Williams, Jr.

Chesnutt will release the first OUTLAW single, the legendary Kristofferson-penned “Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again),” to radio on August 2, 2010.

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