Country music veteran Mel Tillis is recovering in hospital after undergoing routine heart surgery.

The Southern Rains hitmaker, 81, was admitted to a Nashville, Tennessee medical centre over the weekend (08-09Mar14) and his daughter, fellow artist Pam Tillis, reveals the legendary singer/actor is already on his way back to full health.

A statement released by Pam on Monday (10Mar14) reads: "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."