January 12, 2009
Mark Chesnutt croons his way through “Things To Do In Wichita” with his usual ease and decisive country swagger. The theme of love gone wrong is timeless in country songs and this one is executed with simplicity both in content and production by the man who has returned to the country roots to which he is best suited.
Chesnutt sings of the things he has to do in Wichita as he mentally fortifies himself to stumble through the long days alone in a hotel as a result of assumed relational transgressions. While we aren’t specifically privy to what he’s done wrong, we learn that the evenings are the toughest, because he has to be strong enough to avoid Happy Hour each day in the hotel bar, which would apparently “make her proud.” Furthermore, we’re told that he’s trying to learn how to be a better man by reading the Book in the drawer of the hotel nightstand.
Chesnutt delivers a solid and simple, no frills country song, which is a welcome reprieve from the pop-flavored, over-produced music that country radio tends to be embracing these days.
Written by Jimmy Ritchey & Bob Regan
Listen: Things to do in Wichita