Jim Chesnut’s skill with an audience has been seasoned by years of experience playing lounges, restaurants, nightclubs, dancehalls, package shows and concerts throughout the United States. Chesnut began his professional music career in San Angelo, Texas, performing part-time locally in the late 1960s. He started full-time as a professional singer in 1970. For the next six years, he performed first as a single and then as a duo, teaming with Rodney Crowell in Nacogdoches, Texas. Crowell taught Chesnut’s first wife, Linda, to play drums, and the three played as a trio for several months in East Texas until Rodney moved to Nashville.
After playing in Dallas and East Texas as a duo for a couple more years, Chesnut followed Crowell to Nashville after signing writing and major label recording contracts with Acuff-Rose Music. Between 1976 and 1981, 15 of his singles made the Billboard top 100, with two reaching the top 40.
Passion for music drives Texas singer/songwriter Jim Chesnut. He is persistent. Despite record label bankruptcies (ABC) and disputes (MCA) in the late 1970s, he has been writing and/or recording since the late 1960s.
In 2013 he scored two Top-30 singles in the New Music Weekly national secondary market country chart with original songs he produced and released on his own label, Goforth Records. He’s still got the talent and the fire.
He has produced two independent albums, Reflections and J.W. Chesnut’s Sippin’ Whiskey, his first recordings since the early 1980s. Two singles from the “Sippin’ Whiskey” album, Fading Memories and Get Aboard a Catamaran, reached the top-30 of New Music Weekly’s national country chart in 2013. Get Aboard a Catamaran peaked at #12. The NMW chart is compiled from data reported from radio outlets in national secondary markets.
Chesnut's third album, Troubadours and Dreamers, will be released in June 2014. The first single from the album released in January 2014 was Oklahoma Morning, a new version of his original that Charley Pride released in the 1970s. In its first week, it was the #1 most added record in the national secondary markets, according to New Music Weekly. As of April 18, it is currently #14 in the national NMW Main Country Internet Chart and #30 in the national NMW Indie Country Chart. In mid-May it peaked at #6 in Roots Music Report’s national True Country Top 50 music chart.
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