“It seems like there are few times of the year when you can really unplug, really just be in the moment with your family and your friends – and celebrate how great life is,” Chesney says. “Over the last ten years, I’ve really come to appreciate that time off, and what those connections mean, and I wanted to share that feeling with my friends through music.
Kicked back, “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay” celebrates the chilled-out side of Chesney’s appeal. Taking it easy, loving life and painting a picture of a simple place where the emphasis is on what’s shared between people, it is a different kind of holiday song, but one that paints the fidelity among people with a genuine sense of warmth.
Produced with Buddy Cannon, this is Chesney’s first Christmas music since 2003′s nearly-Platinum All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan. Mixing originals with Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper,” Alabama’s “Christmas In Dixie” and Keith Whitley’s “Just a Kid” and classics “Silent Night” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” its release caused lines so long at Minneapolis’ Mall of America three days before release it prompted the installation of heating units and porta-potties for the people waiting.
“I don’t know that anything I’ll ever do around the holidays will have that kind of response,” Chesney laughs about the album that also featured the debut of the Grigsby Twins on vocals. “But I do know that my family really loves Christmas – and I was in the mood, especially with the time I’ve been spending in Barbados with my rum, to try and distill how slow and sweet the holidays in the islands are when we can get there.”
For anyone who savors Chesney’s unique mix of sea salt, small towns, unwinding and enjoying life and the people you’re with right where you are, this song hits the nerve. As the lyrics invite, “Everybody raise a glass with me right now/ To all of those up in the snow from all of us down South/ ‘Tis the season for believing and faith and family/ I wish you were here with me…”
With Jason Aldean and Eric Church already set for select dates of The Big Revival Tour, Kenny Chesney has announced a few more acts that will be joining him: Jake Owen, Chase Rice, and Cole Swindell.
“When I came to town, I was a writer, trying to get my songs cut – and playing on a stool down on Lower Broadway,” Chesney says. “I didn’t have nearly the success Cole and Chase are enjoying right now, but I know the difference getting your music in front of an audience makes. For both of these guys, who have a lot of energy and a real way of grabbing people, I think it’s the perfect way to get the audience fired up for the show.”
Joining Chesney will be label mate Jake Owen, who skyrocketed to stardom with five #1 smashes – GOLD-certified hits “The One That Got Away,” “Anywhere with You,” Platinum certified “Alone with You,” “Beachin’” and 2X Platinum “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” Known for his thrilling beachy performances and laid back style of country, Owen fits right in with the No Shoes Nation tour.
“It’s not just about the big names,” Chesney says of his tour chemistry. “It’s about fresh faces people need to know. If I can turn people on, or remind them of an artist like Jake, I know they’re gonna get a show that rocks them, but also opens up some new music. To me, that’s the secret of a great show: what you know and what you find out.
And the announcements aren’t done. Says Chesney: “In just a few days, I’ll have some more news to share, that is going to step up this tour to a whole other level…”
Kenny Chesney has announced he’ll partner with Eric Church for five additional stadium dates for 2015 as part of The Big Revival Tour
“There is something about the way Eric connects with my audience,” says Chesney, “that left me feeling like he made the No Shoes Nation Tour something special! He attacks the stage with so much force – and his songs really speak to the people who’re fighting the fight to get by – and I love that about what he does onstage.”
Saturday, May 9
Lucas Oil Stadium
Saturday, May 30
Saturday, June 13
The Georgia Dome
Saturday, July 11
Lincoln Financial Field
Saturday, August 22
“Some of the most fun I’ve ever had on tour was last summer with Kenny,” shares Church. “He’s an artist that isn’t afraid to let you come full blast and do what you do. It’s rare you get to tour with someone you respect and you are friends with. I can’t wait to do it again.”
“I’m so glad the fans in these five cities will get to rock with Eric this year,” Chesney enthuses. “It’s a wild night when we get together… and it’s something everyone should be a part of!”
Kenny Chesney has just debuted the music video for his latest single “Flora-Bama.” The Shaun Silva directed video features live footage from Chesney’s concert on the beach, plus additional scenes filmed at the location.
Back in August, Kenny Chesney performed for 40,000 fans on the Florida – Alabama border. The concert was filmed for a special that will begin airing on CMT next week.
According to a release from the network, on Friday CMT and CMT Pure will begin airing the clip for “Flora-Bama,” a song Chesney wrote with David Lee Murphy about the famous beach bar on the Alabama-Florida state line. Murphy appeared on stage with Chesney during his Flora-Bama-Jama performance.
The hour-long special “Kenny Chesney: Live from the Flora-Bama” will air for the first time on CMT on Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. central time and re-air Nov. 16 and at 8 a.m. Additional airings across CMT’s platforms – online, Pure, Video on Demand and Palladia – are being scheduled,according to the release. The special is expected to feature some of the 32-song set, plus some additional content filmed at the Flora-Bama.
Just a week after announcing a slew of stadium shows with Jason Aldean, including one at Boston’s Gillette Stadium, Kenny Chesney has announced a second date at the venue which serves as the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots:
Saturday, August 29th, 2015. The first show is Friday, August 28th.
Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean will have some company for their 10 stadium shows next summer: up-and-comer Brantley Gilbert.
“When you co-headline a tour with Jason Aldean, you’ve gotta get someone who can hold their own to go in front,” Chesney says in a release. “When I looked around, for those stadium shows that Brantley’s part of, he’s the man for the job. He knows how to reach the crowd, how to make them rock — and he’s not afraid to push the rest of us.”
Gilbert is known for not just his No. 1 hits, but also the songs he’s written for others. It’s clear he and Aldean have musical compatibility, since Gilbert co-wrote ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ as well as ‘My Kind of Party.’ Chesney says that’s the type of music he looks for in a live show, which is yet another reason he added Gilbert to the bill.
“As a fan, when I go to a show, I want the music to hit me in the chest and make me feel something all night long,” the star explains. “I want to have the time of my life, for the fans to hit every possible emotion — and make me feel everything humanly possible. When we started looking at acts to take out in 2015, especially having been off the road this year, I wanted to make sure the people that I brought were gonna be as committed to reaching the fans in the back of the stadium as I am.”
Kenny Chesney is teaming up with Jason Aldean in 2015 for 10 shows at football and baseball stadiums around the country.
“We’ve played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock,” Chesney says. “There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for 10 nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us!”
“Kenny is the guy everybody in country music looks up to when they think about workin’ hard, building your career out on the road and getting to eventually play stadiums,” added Aldean. “When we first started dipping our toe into that business a few years ago, he’s the guy I would call or text for advice. We have a real friendship. Don’t get me wrong…that doesn’t mean I’m going to make it easy to follow me every night…he’s gonna have to work for it harder than he ever has before!”
This morning on Good Morning America, Kenny Chesney announced that he’ll head back out on the road in March 2015 for The Big Revival Tour.
Now Chesney returns to where he draws inspiration, energy and a reason to believe in the power of music: his 2015 tour! The man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” mixes it up playing arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. He kicks off on March 26, his birthday in Nashville — and also teams with presenting sponsor Corona Light to do it.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate,” Chesney, who confirmed he’s bringing The Big Revival Tour to America today on ABC’s Good Morning America, says. “I’ve been ready to get out there for a long time. Now that we’re announced I’m fired up! This new music brings a new energy to the show, and it’s gonna take what we do to a whole other level.”
“We’re going to be mixing up the line-up, too: different markets will have different acts playing with us. A few will be on all the stadium shows, some doing pieces – but I promise everybody who’s coming out rocks hard, and understands turning a crowd on.”
“This is really about us and the fans… the fact that every year, so many people make their summer about coming to see us. I’ve missed that sense of community and that passion for the music. There’s gonna be some stuff from the new record and songs people haven’t heard in a while. There’s gonna be a whole lot of music and some surprises…
“I didn’t know if I could take the music as far as we were able with the album. That’s the beauty of giving things time to be what they’re meant to. We’re already working on next year’s video. I’ve seen the stage – and the lights. As the set list comes together, and we start locking down rehearsals, this is gonna be a wild night. I hope the fans are ready.”
“Because of the number of artists we’re pulling into this tour, the roll out is a little trickier, but I think it’s going to be worth the wait and the finding out. Rather than locking in one thing, I wanted to make each market the best it could be. People will be fired up when they see who’s playing where. That means, there’s more news to come… A lot of our favorite cities are on the list, so are some places we’ve never been. Get ready!”