Chesnutt featured entertainment at county fair

In this file photo from 2011, eight-year-old Ryan Backues, center, gets more of a drop than he bargained for while riding the Super Shot ride with Mallory Maddox, left, and Clint Ainsworth, right, at the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair.

In this file photo from 2011, eight-year-old Ryan Backues, center, gets more of a drop than he bargained for while riding the Super Shot ride with Mallory Maddox, left, and Clint Ainsworth, right, at the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair. Photo by Kris Wilson.

Mid-Missourians can see and hear the solid honky-tonk and edgy tunes of Mark Chesnutt when he takes the stage Aug. 4, the last night of the Jefferson City Jaycees Fair.

Chesnutt wasn’t available to be interviewed for this story. But his biography, as reported on his Facebook page, notes: “Mark Chesnutt is one of country’s true musical treasures (who) critics have hailed ... as a classic country singer of the first order.”

Chesnutt, who will be 49 in September, has been singing for audiences for more than 30 years, starting during his high school days in Beaumont, Texas.

His most recent release is “Live from the Big D.

Saturday’s fair performance comes in the middle of a packed weekend road trip: Friday he’s playing in Fort Worth, and he leaves Jefferson City for a Sunday concert in Tipton, Pa.

On his Facebook page, he explains: “It’s the music that has kept me around this long.”

Online:

http://jeffcityjaycees.org/fair/index.htm

http://www.markchesnutt.com/

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