Spend your Saturday morning with Kenny Chesney and college football:
Country music star Kenny Chesney will be the celebrity guest picker when ESPN College GameDay airs from the Horsehoe at South Carolina this Saturday.
Chesney will perform a song off his new record, which was released on Tuesday, during the telecast.
Chesney and Spurrier are longtime friends. He co-produced the recent Steve Spurrier documentary “The Believer.”
Chesney is a longtime Tennessee fan. He was the celebrity picker once before when “GameDay” visited Knoxville.
Kenny Chesney’s new album The Big Revival is headed for number one on the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart:
Country superstar Kenny Chesney is heading for his eighth No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest his new set, The Big Revival, may sell around 125,000 to 135,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 28. The Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville album is Chesney’s 15th studio effort, and was released on Sept. 23.
Not too far behind Chesney is Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s new duets album Cheek to Cheek. It might sell 110,000 to 120,000 copies. That sum might not be enough to capture the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, but it should easily top the Traditional Jazz Albums chart.
The new Billboard 200′s top 10 will be revealed on Oct. 1.
The day has finally arrived! After taking the year off to focus on the music, Kenny Chesney’s new album The Big Revival hits stores today.
Get it now at iTunes or Walmart.com.
ABC reviews the new album:
Chesney has continually tinkered with his sound, growing more introspective in recent years while remaining the king of the arena sing-along. Chesney’s forte is that even his rockers offer snapshots of the lives of his fans, as he does here on “Beer Can Chicken,” which he co-wrote. A rocker like “Drink It Up” avoids the clichés flowing through contemporary country songs by injecting some real-life gravitas.
Working with longtime co-producer Buddy Cannon, Chesney slips some modern Nashville rhythms and loops into songs like “Til It’s Gone” and “Rock Bottom,” yet holds on to the classic-rock guitar sound he loves. But the album’s most powerful moment arrives with the closer “If This Bus Could Talk,” which traces Chesney’s story from a nervous greenhorn opening for Patty Loveless in 1993 through the twists and turns of a long career.
Be sure to catch Kenny on The Today Show this morning!
Kenny Chesney’s new album The Big Revival drops next Tuesday (9/23) and he’ll make a television blitz to promote it:
Starting with “The Today Show” on street date, Chesney will also perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (9/24), “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (9/26), “CONAN” (9/29) and “The Talk” (10/2), as well as sit for interviews with both “Entertainment Tonight” and “Access Hollywood” live from Rockefeller Center (9/23).
“Normally I don’t get geared up for this much television,” Chesney says. “But this record makes me wanna get out and talk about it. Starting with ‘American Kids,’ all of the songs on here say so much about how the people who see their lives in my music commit to their lives – it’s a lot like showing their home videos on network TV! I’m gonna be sick of talking about me, but not this record; The Big Revival is a whole other kinda record for me.”
SiriusXM announced today that it will launch “Big Revival Radio,” a limited-run channel featuring the music of award winning country singer Kenny Chesney.
“Big Revival Radio” will feature music spanning Chesney’s entire career through his new album The Big Revival, which will be released Tuesday, September 23, as well as earlier hits including When the Sun Goes Down, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems; Young, There Goes My Life and others.
Additionally, listeners will hear music from Chesney’s personal collection, including live performances and collaborations with artists like Uncle Kracker, the Wailers, Grace Potter, Kid Rock and more. The limited-run channel will launch Monday, September 22 and will air through Tuesday, October 21 via satellite on channel 57, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
Kenny Chesney’s “Big Revival Radio” will air a “Town Hall” special during which Chesney will answer questions from an audience of SiriusXM listeners at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Moderated by The Highway’s Storme Warren, the “Town Hall” will take place on Tuesday, September 16 and will air on Monday, September 22 at 12:00 pm ET, via satellite on “Big Revival Radio.” For rebroadcast times, please visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall.
“SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Kenny Chesney” is part of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series, featuring iconic entertainers and figures sitting down with studio audiences of SiriusXM listeners. Previous SiriusXM “Town Hall” specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Billy Crystal, Quentin Tarantino, Carol Burnett, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, KISS, Coldplay, Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, the cast of Nashville, Jason Aldean, Roger Waters, the surviving members of Nirvana, Gregg Allman, Usher and Tony Hawk.
After the broadcast, “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Kenny Chesney” will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more info about SiriusXM On Demand.
With the release of ‘The Big Revival’ only one week away, Kenny Chesney is giving you a chance to listen to six more songs from the album.
Head over to CMT.com to stream the following tracks:
- Drink It Up
- Til It’s Gone
- Wild Child
- Rock Bottom
- Don’t It
- Save It For A Rainy Day
You’ve previously been able to listen to “The Big Revival,” “Flora-Bama,” and “American Kids.” That just leaves “Beer Can Chicken” and “If This Bus Could Talk.”
Preorder ‘The Big Revival’ now at Walmart.com.
In a great, wide-ranging interview with Radio.com, Kenny Chesney touched on the representation of women in today’s country music:
“In the last several years, a lot of the songs about women have been written in kind of an objectifying way,” he says. “If you didn’t wear cut-off jeans or a bikini top, or sit on a tailgate and drink, then you really weren’t worthy, you didn’t really add up. But ‘Wild Child’ is telling some girl out there that’s got dreams, that’s a free spirit, who’s smart and interesting, that she has a chance, that she is worthy.”
Chesney grew up in Luttrell, Tenn., and says that he was surrounded by a family with “a lot of women” during his years as a high school athlete and marketing major at East Tennessee State. “All the women that have been in my life — in my family or that I chased, fell in love with and out of love with, my island friends, my hippie New England friends — they all had this idea of the ‘wild child’ in them, and I thought about all of them when I was writing the song. I think it’s an important song, because it’s saying that they don’t have to be this one thing that’s been sung about over and over again recently. And I’m proud of that, that we wrote a song that lifts up a woman in that way.”
Be sure to read the full interview over at Radio.com
Kenny Chesney has made available for listening a third song from his new album The Big Revival, and this one’s the title track.
“The philosophy behind putting ‘The Big Revival’ first was to set a tone,” Chesney tells Radio.com. “There’s things about religion that I don’t necessarily agree with or understand, but I’m a big believer in spirituality — I’ve seen songs change people, and that’s spiritual.
“But ‘The Big Revival’ is really about picking yourself up off the bottom, reclaiming your soul, restarting,” he adds. “That was everything I wanted to say to my audience — and you have to think about that, you have to think, ‘Okay, we took a year off, now what am I going to say to these people, who have been there for me for a long time?’ And the idea of ‘The Big Revival’ was it.”
You can pre-order The Big Revival now at Walmart.com.
The debut track from Kenny Chesney’s upcoming album The Big Revival has hit number one on the Billboard Country chart! It’s Kenny’s 25th number one.
Three weeks before his album hits stores, the propulsive song about the inherent spirit of people coming of age in the flyover has topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart – and it shows no signs of slowing down. With three rhythms, two hooks and a whole lot of imagery, “American Kids” paints a portrait of people who make their own fun, understand life is how you live it and that the small details are what it’s all about.
“When Shane (McAnally) played me the song,” Chesney says, “I knew I was going to cut it. In fact, I gave him a hard time for not playing it for me sooner. Not only is it musically so engaging, but the pictures it paints are undeniable! No matter where you’re from, there are pieces of that song that’re just who you are… and they show you at your very best. We’re all, like the song says, ‘a little messed, but we’re all alright’.”
More than a little alright. Having just played a free show for over 40,000 in FloraBama and a surprise “pop-up” show in Athens’ Georgia Theatre, Chesney marveled as both crowds gave the tongue twisting lyrics back to them like they were born singing it.
“Some songs, you just know they capture how people feel, what they think, how they are,” offers the man called “the people’s superstar” by The Los Angeles Times. “I’ve had a few like that: ‘Young’ being the first. The moments in this song are all very real, and while they’re universal, they’re anything but generic, so I think people grabbed a hold of it for that – and because of the way it moves.”
Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, “American Kids” evokes the little pink houses and born in the USA of several generations, while embodying the swept-up-in-the-moment urgency and complete abandon of today’s teens and 20-somethings.
Co-producing with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, The Big Revival marks Chesney’s 15th studio album. With the emphasis on great songs, pushing the boundaries without betraying who he is, The Big Revival takes Chesney’s music and lays it wide open. With its first #1 in “American Kids,” it looks like the songwriter/entertainer’s next wave is going to break ground and make his fans really happy.
Walmart has a special edition of Kenny Chesney’s upcoming album The Big Revival.
The Big Revival ZinePak, featuring the new studio album from Kenny Chesney, includes 11 new songs and a full-color 64-page magazine with exclusive interviews and photos, plus four postcards. This limited-edition collectible is available only at Walmart and Walmart.com while supplies last. FREE Digital Album Copy with CD Purchase.
Pre-order now at Walmart.com!
‘The Big Revival’ will be released on September 23rd!