Kenny Chesney has once again teamed up with his longtime video director Shaun Silva, this time to tell the story of legendary college football coach Steve Spurrier:
Steve Spurrier will take his turn in ESPN and the SEC Network’s “SEC Storied” series at 8 p.m. on Aug. 27 in a documentary titled, “The Believer.” The film covers Spurrier’s career as a player and coach, featuring interviews with his former players and his family, and addresses why and how Spurrier became Spurrier.
“It was a documentary they wanted to put together,” Spurrier said on Tuesday at SEC Media Days. “They spent a lot of time with my family, wife, kids, grandkids and so forth, and a lot of former players. So, hopefully, it will turn out OK.”
The trailer was released on Wednesday, a 90-second burst of Spurrier playing and coaching at Florida, Duke and South Carolina. The visor-tossing, the grin and the trophies are all well represented.
ESPN and the SEC had been discussing a Spurrier film, and once ESPN’s acclaimed “30 For 30” series began, it gained traction. A country music star provided an assist.
“There had been some talk of doing a Spurrier documentary, and when Kenny got involved, it kind of just fell together,” said Andy Billman, a producer of ESPN Films.
Kenny Chesney and Spurrier have been friends since 2007, when Chesney was performing at Colonial Life Arena and invited Spurrier on stage. Chesney, a football fan and longtime supporter of Tennessee, received a No. 7 USC jersey from Spurrier when Chesney played Williams-Brice Stadium in 2013 (No. 7 not for Jadeveon Clowney, but because it was Chesney’s number in high school).
Chesney, who also helped with a 2011 film called “The Boys of Fall” about football players across all levels, pitched his support as co-executive producer and the idea took off. “SEC Storied” covered topics such as Herschel Walker and “The Play That Changed College Football,” a recap of the 1992 SEC Championship Game in which Spurrier and his Gators were well represented, and decided to include Spurrier’s own film in its next wave.
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Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean recently hung together at a Nashville area Buffalo Wild Wings.
Jason recently posted a photo on Instagram of himself partying with Kenny. It turns out Jason just sat down at the restaurant with his girlfriend, Brittany Kerr, when he got a call from Kenny.
Jason says, “He goes, ‘Well, I’m at somewhere. We’ve been drinking margaritas all day.’ I was like, ‘Well, come over here and meet us. We just sat down. We’ll have a beer. Whatever.’”
Jason’s invitation turned to hours of drinking beer, tequila and rum once Kenny showed up.
“All I do know is, I think we ended up calling a car to take us home,” Jason says. He adds, “Kenny, he’s a funny dude, man.”
Says Jason, “He’s a good guy to kind to have there to kinda talk to about stuff and bounce ideas off of, and been there-done that kind of thing. And still, as long as he has been in the business, he still loves what he does.”
Jason just headlined stadiums in Cleveland and Cincinnati this weekend, and he expects Kenny to get back out on the concert trail in a big way in 2015, too.
Jason says with a laugh, “I know he’s taking some time off right now, and he’s, like, already over it. He’s ready to get on the road.”
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Kenny Chesney will perform on The Today Show in September to promote his new album, The Big Revival. He’ll be on the plaza September 23rd, the same day the new album drops.
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Dubbed the Flora-Bama-Jama, Chesney will play a beach concert Aug. 16 at The Flora-Bama, located on the state line where Orange Beach, Ala., meets Pensacola, Fla.
“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year … and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture of the people who love this music bring with them,” Chesney said in a statement. “Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun.”
Chesney, whose new single “American Kids” is now on country radio, explained he chose The Flora-Bama as the location for his one and only concert of the year because “to me, a place like The Flora-Bama is all about kicking back, being with your friends and not worrying about a thing. … Just hang out and be easy.”
More information on the Aug. 16 show — including how to get wristbands for access to the enclosed beach area — will be available, along with a clip from Chesney, at 7 a.m. CST Thursday at http://kennychesney.com/florabamajama
Chesney’s new album “The Big Revival,” featuring “American Kids” will be in stores Sept. 23.
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This morning over at Billboard.com, Kenny Chesney unveiled the official album cover for his upcoming release “The Big Revival.”
“I wanted an album cover that was surprising… Not what people expect, but that also suggests anything is possible,” Chesney explains. “That no matter where you are in your life, how tired or lost or demoralized, with a little faith and a little help, anything is possible… Because it’s all within you! Or me.
“That was the thing about that bus,” continues Chesney. “It was so far beyond coloring outside the lines, yet what is more common than a school bus? We’ve all seen them, no matter how old we are, our entire lives… and yet, when you look at that bus after we were done painting it, it was a whole new notion!”
“The Big Revival,” due out Sept. 23, has already produced a new hit for Chesney with “American Kids,” which has peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart in just its third week on the tally. The feel-good single will be joined by collaborations with Alison Krauss, Grace Potter and others on the follow-up to last year’s “Life on a Rock.”
“I think that that’s the thing about the songs on this record… about the attitude and energy in ‘American Kids’… it’s not the same old, it’s not what you expect,” says Chesney. “The Big Revival” will try to become Chesney’s eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart upon its September release.
Kenny Chesney’s new single “American Kids” has made a strong charge up the Hot Country Songs Chart in the two weeks it’s been out:
Just in time for July 4, Kenny Chesney charges 17-6 on Hot Country Songs with “American Kids,” the chart’s top Digital Gainer. It roars 7-1 on Country Digital Songs (74,000, up 87 percent) following its first full week of retail availability. It also enters Country Streaming Songs at No. 14 (624,000, up 392 percent); its official clip premiered Monday (June 30), likely translating to even greater streaming gains next week. On Country Airplay, “Kids” climbs 27-20 (18 million, up 39 percent).
“Kids” is Chesney’s 45th Hot Country Songs top 10. Dating to his first week in the top bracket (with “Fall in Love,” June 24, 1995), he passes Tim McGraw (44) for the most top 10s among all acts in that span.
Grab “American Kids” at iTunes now.
After dropping the music video this morning for “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney is giving us the name for his new album too: The Big Revival.
The album release date has been moved up a week. It was tweeted out as 9/30 by Chesney in May, albeit cryptically (but what else could that date have meant?), but is now scheduled for a September 23rd release.
Kenny Chesney made the decision to take the summer of 2014 off from his massive stadium tours to make sure he got the music for his 15th studio album right. With “American Kids” hitting country radio with 117 stations on add date – and landing at #20 on Billboard and #24 on Mediabase after just two days of airplay – and topping iTunes Country Chart since the digital release, the Luttrell, Tennesseean has come to play. Hard.
“The whole point of taking the time to get to a really creative place was to have the room to look at not what we’d done, but where we wanted to go,” Chesney says. “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”
That record – The Big Revival – arrives September 23. Produced by Chesney and Buddy Cannon, fresh from Willie Nelson’s #1 Band of Brothers, The Big Revival goes deep. With guest appearances from Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Grace Potter, the 11 song album moves from the double-hooked, triple rhythmed “American Kids” to thumping rockers, a few personal ballads and even the amped up title track.
“I think in anyone’s life, there are times when you just need to shake things up, really push yourself and find the thrill of what you do again,” Chesney says. “I went to dirt floor church revivals with my grandma as a little kid, and that power is electric. Scared me to death, but it shows you what it means to be alive. I think bringing that sort of passion to how you live your life is everything – and it’s so easy to lose touch with.”
Working with a new team of mixers, the sound of the new project is both more aggressive where it should be and more expansive with the acoustic instruments. Having brought Grace Potter, Dave Matthews, Uncle Kracker and the Wailers to the top of the country charts, the 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year is once again pushing the boundaries of what country can be while also celebrating how people between the coasts get their living done.
“There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” Chesney laughs. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind’em how hardcore they really are, show’em that and also show’em that you know there’s more to’em than people might think.”
The music video for Kenny Chesney’s new single “American Kids” is out this morning and you can watch it below.
Directed by Shaun Silva and shot in and around Southern California, “American Kids” features an eclectic group of young men and women, making music, feeling wholly alive and savoring the adventure in a crazy painted school bus. The bus, painted specifically for the clip, is meant to represent getting beyond what you know and coloring outside the lines.
Download the single now at iTunes.
The music video for Kenny Chesney’s new single “American Kids” will debut Monday, according to gotcountryonline.com.
Look for the Shaun Silva-directed clip to premiere online at VEVO, for broadcast on CMT: Country Music Television and GAC: Great American Country on June 30. Look for a sneak-peek, behind-the-scenes on www.etonline.com
Shot in and around Southern California, “American Kids” features an eclectic group of young men and women, making music, feeling wholly alive and savoring the adventure in a crazy painted school bus. The bus, painted specifically for the clip, is meant to represent getting beyond what you know and coloring outside the lines.
You can listen to the song now below and download at iTunes.
Kenny Chesney knew he had something special when he heard “American Kids,” but he didn’t think he’d hit the kind of nerve the decidedly icon-invoking tribute to being young and alive in the U.S. has struck. Hitting radio Friday, June 20 at 6 a.m. and iTunes at 7 p.m., the first single from Chesney’s eagerly anticipated fall release debuted at #27 on Billboard and #31 on Country Aircheck/Mediabase. With little more than two days play, it topped iTunes Country Songs chart and hit the all-genre Top 10 over the weekend.
“I knew it was one of the freshest things in a long time when I heard it,” says the songwriter from Luttrell, Tennessee. “And then I heard it on the radio, and I couldn’t believe how great it sounded! ‘American Kids’ sounded as freewheeling and free-spirited as the folks I’m singing about… and no matter how old you are, I promise, unless you were one of those kids who just didn’t like fun, you know just how alive this feels.”
Bowing on NoShoesRadio.com at 6 a.m., mainstream radio took up the single – and by chart close Monday, 116 stations added the song. But beyond (un)conventional media, the song is making its way virally. Myriad covers are hitting the internet, including Angie Keilhauer, whose driving, smoky rendition caught Chesney’s eye. “It’s crazy what’s going on with it,” Chesney laughs. “People feel just like I do about this song. They love how it makes them feel, where it takes them in their life. You don’t need a big party to have fun, it’s right where you are and how you take it.
With a chorus that contains the salvo: “a little messed up, but we’re all alright,” the Shane McAnally/Luke Laird/Rodney Clawson song mines three rhythms, two works and so many iconics you can’t count’ em. But what can be measured is the smile-induction factor. For Chesney, who’s been creating trends rather than following them since his breakthrough No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems and When the Sun Goes Down, he was seeking something that was fun but didn’t sacrifice innovative songs or unique approach that have seen him teaming with Dave Matthews, Uncle Kracker, the Wailers and Grace Potter on a series of outside the lines #1s.
“I never want to repeat myself,” laughs the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” about his upcoming project. “When you’ve had the kind of songs I’ve been able to find, it gets harder every time. But I believe creativity is something you create – with time, passion and talented friends! I hate not playing to the fans this summer, but the response to ‘American Kids’ tells me it was the right thing.”
“American Kids” celebrates how people live, capturing the details, realities and euphoria that defines being wildly alive.
Get “American Kids” now at iTunes.