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Chesney Scores 30th Number One Song

posted July 16th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

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Kenny Chesney has set a new record, scoring his 30th number one single on the Country Airplay chart:

Kenny Chesney’s “Get Along” ascends 2-1 in its 15th week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated July 21), as it increases 7 percent to 46.2 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending July 15, according to Nielsen Music.

“Along” marks Chesney’s 30th Country Airplay leader, lifting him into first place for the most No. 1s in the chart’s archives, dating to the list’s Jan. 20, 1990, launch. Chesney passes Tim McGraw, now in second place with 29 No. 1s. Alan Jackson and George Strait follow with 26 each.

“Get Along’ felt like such an important idea, beyond how great the song itself feels,” Chesney tells Billboard. “I think with all the anger in the world, the idea of finding what we have in common and working from there struck a nerve with people, because I can hear how much they mean it when they sing it back to me night after night. This isn’t just a party tune to them; it’s something they believe.”

Chesney continues, “Because of that, for it to be my 30th No. 1, that’s awesome. I like the idea of a song about bringing people together at a time when people are craving that unity; it’s the perfect way to set a record. Something good coming from something that’s about doing good.”



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Hear Chesney’s New “Better Boat” Music

posted July 14th, 2018 at 9:00 am

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Kenny Chesney has released another song frim his upcoming album Song for the Saints.

Written by Travis Meadows and Liz Rose and featuring background vocals from “Come to Jesus” singer Mindy Smith, the quiet tune also rings with gut-string guitar lines courtesy of perennial CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally. It’s all about finding positivity and inner strength in the face of adversity, and Chesney says the song’s philosophical theme perfectly captures the emotion of the months following Hurricane Irma, which devastated the U.S. and British Virgin Islands last fall.

“Now and then I let it go / I ride the waves I can’t control / I’m learning how to build a better boat,” he sings in the song’s chorus.




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More New Music from Kenny: “Pirate Song”

posted July 4th, 2018 at 8:54 am

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Kenny Chesney has released another new song from his upcoming album Songs for the Saints: “Pirate Song”

The wistful, breezy tune finds Chesney’s thoughts drifting once more toward the Caribbean, as has been the case on other tracks from his forthcoming album Songs for the Saints, which will benefit Virgin Island communities after they experienced mass destruction from Hurricane Irma in 2017. But this time Chesney allows himself some escapist fantasies, dreaming of señoritas and a taste of rum on his tongue. He skips over the looting and pillaging part, but does make reference to cannon smoke, suggesting there’s still room for some conflict. Things even get a little mystical as Chesney longs to sail a ghost ship, though his desires here remain mostly earthbound.

Pre-order Songs for the Saints at Amazon or iTunes.




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Touchdown Tennessee’s John Ward Dies

posted June 21st, 2018 at 11:22 am

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by Josh

Legendary Tennessee Vols play-by-play man John Ward died on Wednesday at the age of 87. As a retirement send-off in 1998, Kenny Chesney recorded and released the single “Touchdown Tennessee.”

He was the iconic ‘Voice of the Vols’ across the state, covering Tennessee Vols basketball for 34 seasons and Tennessee Vols football for 31 seasons. With the program approaching its 20th sports year since his retirement, John Ward died at age 87.

The Vol Network announced Ward’s passing on Wednesday evening. Chris Lowe of ESPN reported that he was battling a lengthy illness.

A star in his own right on Rocky Top, Ward was memorable for his objective play-calling and numerous exciting sayings. Everybody from Memphis to Johnson City could hear his words.

“It’s football time in Tennessee!”

“He’s at the 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5…Give Him Six! Touchdown, Big Orange!”

“Bottom!”

Ward called basketball games from Ray Mears through Jerry Green. He called football games from Doug Dickey through Phillip Fulmer. And it was only fitting that the final Tennessee Vols football game he called was in 1998.

“5, 4, 3, 2, 1…the national champion, is clad in Big Orange!”

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David Lee Murphy and Chesney Hit Number One

posted June 18th, 2018 at 9:10 pm

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David Lee Murphy is back in the number one slot on the the country singles chart for the first time in 23 years, and Kenny Chesney helped get him there.

David Lee, 59, scored the second No. 1 single of his career this week with “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” which features vocals from Kenny Chesney. The tune topped both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart.

“When Kenny asked me about making a record, I thought that sounded like a whole lot of fun,” says David Lee. “I love to make music, just as much as I love writing songs. So, we went in without expectations, and I wouldn’t have imagined this. But it sure feels good.”

David Lee, who’s probably best known for his 1995 No. 1 hit, “Dust on the Bottle,” hadn’t scored a hit—as a singer—since 2004’s “Loco,” which reached No. 5. But over the last dozen or so years, the Illinois native has stayed busy as a songwriter, penning hits such as “Big Green Tractor” (Jason Aldean), “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” (Thompson Square), “Anywhere With You” (Jake Owen), “The More I Drink” (Blake Shelton), “’Til It’s Gone” (Kenny Chesney) and more.

“It feels good,” says David Lee. “To know my music is hitting this kind of place in people’s hearts . . . that’s the reason I write these songs: to make people feel something about their life. So, the response when I play it live, now with the No. 1, is everything I could hope for, and I am so grateful to the Reviver Records team for believing, and to country radio for letting this music be heard. That’s how the dots get connected.”



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Track Listing and Details Unveiled for ‘Songs for the Saints’ Album

posted June 17th, 2018 at 4:47 pm

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Kenny Chesney has unveiled the track listing for his upcoming album Songs for the Saints and it includes a couple of collaborations with his island friends.

Pre-order the album now at Amazon or iTunes.

‘Songs for the Saints’ will be released July 27th.

Track listing:

  1. Songs for the Saints
  2. Every Heart
  3. Get Along
  4. Pirate Song
  5. Love for Love City (with Ziggy Marley)
  6. Ends Of The Earth
  7. Gulf Moon
  8. Island Rain
  9. Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season (with Jimmy Buffett)
  10. We’re All Here
  11. Better Boat (featuring Mindy Smith)

“I knew I wanted this album to show the spirit of the people, but I wanted it to focus on healing, on their gift to rise above such complete chaos and devastation,” Chesney said in a release. “They had no power, no real food, nothing; they dug in, started clearing the land and rebuilding. To me, that’s inspiring.”

“To let them know, they’re not only not forgotten months later, but we’re holding them up as inspiration — and offering help in any way that we can, including music,” Chesney added. “Because music heals, it inspires, and this is for them.”

Songs for the Saints features some special musical guests who have ties to the island: Ziggy Marley, Mindy Smith and of course, Chesney’s buddy Jimmy Buffett.

“Ziggy Marley and his family’s legacy hold so much truth for all of the people I know down there,” Chesney said. “Mindy Smith’s Come To Jesus was an album I lived with from morning to night when I was first going down there — and her voice sounds like an angel.”

As for Buffett’s contribution, it just made sense for Chesney.

“Jimmy, more than the lost shaker of salt, understands the poetry of the islands beyond what tourists see, the life in a way that made a song written decades ago so current. I’m honored they also want to help.”



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Chesney Performs at RFK Remembrance Ceremony

posted June 7th, 2018 at 2:47 pm

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A remembrance was held at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and Kenny Chesney attended and performed “This Land is Your Land.” (VIDEO below)

Of all who delivered the words of Robert Kennedy at Arlington cemetery on Wednesday, 50 years after his assassination, surely none felt them as intimately as John Lewis.

He read from the speech – an unscripted plea for love, wisdom, justice and compassion for black and white – that he personally witnessed Kennedy give in Indianapolis on the night that Martin Luther King was shot.

“It was very, very moving,” he told the Guardian. “From time to time you have what I call an executive session with yourself. I said to myself that evening: ‘We still have Bobby.’ Two months later, he was gone.”

Now a Democratic congressman from Georgia, Lewis was among readers and speakers including former president Bill Clinton, the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, and 18-year-old gun safety campaigner Emma González at the hour-long memorial service in bright sunshine. Country singer Kenny Chesney sang This Land Is Your Land and the American University Gospel Choir performed The Battle Hymn of the Republic, a favourite of Kennedy’s.




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