Country music legend Mel Tillis is recovering from an open heart surgery performed this past weekend. Although his next four shows have been cancelled, Tillis should be making a full recovery soon. His daughter, singer/songwriter Pam Tillis, released a statement this morning:

”Over the weekend, Daddy required a routine heart procedure. He’s doing fantastic and is expected to make a full recovery. In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he’s already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.”

Tillis is well-known as a successful songwriter, having written top hits for George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Randy Travis and many more. Despite having a stutter, he has also successfully recorded more than 60 albums with 35 top ten singles, including These Lonely Hands of Mine.

We wish Tillis good health and a steady recovery!