Blue Chair Bay Rum hasn’t even been on shelves for a full year yet, but it’s looking like it’s already a success for Kenny Chesney.
The Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle has an article on LiDestri Foods, the company that bottles the rum (it’s first distilled in Barbados): “Kenny Chesney’s rum a business hit for LeDestri”
“Everybody was completely knocked out by what happened,” said Fishbowl Spirits CEO Mark Montgomery. “Our original forecast for the first 12 months was 25,000 cases. We did that in seven weeks. Today it appears we are are one of the fastest-growing new spirits launches by a new company in the history of liquor. Most people have a demand problem, we have a struggle against the supply problem. We just now in November have gotten ahead of the demand and have enough supply to carry us through the holidays. It’s been an amazing thing to watch.”
“Obviously, they were double or almost triple what they initially told us they would be,” said LiDestri Spirits general manager Joe Ferrigno. “For a brand new brand, that’s spectacular. Especially for an independent like that.”
In an email, Chesney said that Blue Chair Bay started as an effort “to create the rum I truly wanted to drink.”
“If you know about my music and touring, I’m personally invested in every note that’s played, every bit of video on the screens, all the details about sound and lights, staging and any part of the experience I can have my hands on, because I want the fans to have the best possible experience at our shows,” Chesney said. “They know when they come out to party with us, they’re going to have the best night of the summer.
“So given that, rather than taking a deal and having my name on something, I’d rather create a rum I’d like to drink, be proud of serving people and hopefully, be something that can be special. So far, we’ve been awarded gold medals at a couple big competitions, so the work appears to be paying off. And to me, when I know we’re having to double production because people can’t keep it in stock, the people agree.”
Read the full article here.
George Strait will play his final tour in 2014, and Kenny Chesney is one of the many top stars that will join him at his final show in Dallas on June 7th.
The closing show of George’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour—his last as a touring artist—will take place June 7, 2014, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, otherwise known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Joining George to sing three songs each will be an incredible lineup of guests including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.
Opening the show will be George’s friends, beloved Texas swing group Asleep at the Wheel.
Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public Friday, Dec. 6, and can be purchased through George’s website.
Strait hinted back in May that Chesney would join him next year.
“Kenny and I have been friends for a long time; we worked together in the stadium days, and other times, too. Don’t be surprised if you see him out next year with us somewhere. We’ve got some big plans.”
CBS Sunday Morning finally aired their Kenny Chesney / Boston special this morning. If you missed it, no online video is available yet but an accompanying story is available at cbsnews.com:
Dahler caught up with Chesney at the last stop on his five-month long tour: Gillette Stadium in the Boston suburb of Foxboro, Mass., not a place that typically comes to mind when you think of country music.
“This is a very passionate town,” Chesney said. “They’re passionate about sports. They’re passionate about life. They’re passionate about music and food. And they work really hard. And those are all the things that I grew up on.”
But Chesney’s connection with his Boston area fans stretches far beyond the parking lot of his sold-out shows. He was in Florida, on a day off from touring, when news of the Boston Marathon bombing broke.
“When I saw this happen, and I saw this arrogant look on these kids’ faces . . . it pissed me off,” he said, “and I thought about the relationship through music that I’ve had with all the people that have come to play over the years, that’s what led me to do something.”
Read the full article here.
If you’d like to help support the Spread the Love fund, visit spreadthelove.kennychesney.com
Is the third time the charm? CBS says they’ll air the Kenny Chesney “Sunday Morning” profile this Sunday (Nov. 3):
The special segment followed Chesney as he wrapped up his 2013 “No Shoes Nation Tour” and took the trip to the Boston Medical Center to capture the moment when Chesney came face to face with the people his Spread the Love Fund was directly affecting. The fund supports ongoing care for amputee victims from the Boston Marathon bombing.
Chesney said “Watching what happened on tv, as the entire nation did, really threw me” adding “But meeting these amazing people who’re putting their lives together, hearing their stories and seeing how they approach getting their lives back… I was moved beyond words.”
The upcoming special is the second time Chesney has been featured on “Sunday Morning.” Chesney said “I knew when they decided to come back, they weren’t looking for a ride on the gator.”
Chesney added “I’ve grown a lot as an artist, as a person since that first one – and I think that maybe intrigued them. A lot of soul searching goes into what we do, and what we’re doing in Boston in terms of the city, the fans and the Fund, especially.”
Kenny Chesney was in his beloved Boston on Wednesday night for game one of the World Series featuring the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.
“It’s a product of, oddly enough, where I grew up,” Chesney said. “I didn’t grow up in the Northeast or New England at all. But when I was a kid, growing up we didn’t have cable, so I spent my Saturdays, the only access to baseball I had was ‘This Week in Baseball’ and I looked forward to that as a kid. The only games they had on Saturdays always seemed like the Red Sox or Cincinnati Reds. I loved those two teams growing up. Even playing Little League I wanted to be on either the Reds or the Sox as a kid, so that’s where it started.”
Then came 2004 when the Red Sox erased 86 years of misery and won the World Series.
“In 2004 I became really good friends with Kevin Millar, Mike Timlin and Tim Wakefield, and how can you not love those guys and love that team. I love this city, actually.”
Kenny joined Kevin Millar on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk. Watch below:
Kenny Chesney made a surprise appearance at Grace Potter’s show in Vermont on Saturday night.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals closed out the first night of the Grand Point North music festival in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday night, with a little help from their friends. Joined on stage by members of Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Joshua Panda & The Hot Damned, and The Felice Brothers, frontwoman Grace Potter led the audience in a modified cover of Eric Clapton’s hit, “Cocaine,” singing, “You do what you want when you live in Vermont, cocaine.”
But the night’s real surprise came a few songs earlier, when country superstar Kenny Chesney joined Potter on stage to perform their 2011 chart-topping duet, “You And Tequila.” Dressed down in a trucker hat and hoodie, Chesney stuck around for a moving take on Bruce Springsteen’s, “I’m On Fire.”
While Kenny Chesney takes a little time before starting the follow-up to his 7th Billboard all-genre Top 200 Albums debut Life On A Rock, his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour continues making news. Having topped the Boxscores for the first three weeks of August, his August 23-24 shows at Foxboro, MA’s Gillette stadium turned out to be the highest grossing shows in the world – besting Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, EarlWolf featuring Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt at Paris’ Stade de France August 22.
“It’s hard to think in those terms,” Chesney says. “You know, I can only talk about the passion of my fans… and the way they come out there every year, and they sing so loud, they cheer so hard and they inspire me and the guys in ways they don’t even know! But the idea our 10th and 11th shows at Gillette Stadium were the biggest shows in the world? Well, that’s a tribute to the No Shoes Nation as much as anything.”
Gillette Stadium was where the No Shoes Nation was christened in 2012. To mark the event, the Kraft family, who own Patriots, have hung a banner that replicates the Super Bowl flags, from one of the top sections near the end zone that can be seen from the stage.
“Over the years, people have done some incredible things for me… Working out with the different teams, amazing gifts, donations to my charities, but I’ve never had anyone do anything like the Super Bowl banner marking the birthplace of the No Shoes Nation. And Robert Kraft tells me it’s not coming down, either.”
The No Shoes Nation has been out in full force this year. With only 42 shows on the books, albeit 19 stadiums, the NSN Tour hit its million ticket mark in May – less than two months after kicking off at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium – and has played to over 1.25 million fans this summer alone. To that end, Chesney topped Billboard’s cumulative Box Score for the first three weeks of August with three stadium and three amphitheater shows in Atlanta, E. Rutherford, N.J., Detroit and Charlotte, NC, Toronto and Bangor, Maine
and again Sept. 6th for his final three shows of the tour in Canandaigua, N.Y. and Boston.
“You don’t think about the numbers, you think about the faces… the smiles… the cheers… I think about all the kids I’ve given a guitar and a football helmet to every night…,” Chesney says. “To me, that’s what these summers, these tours are all about: the fans, and how they mark our life out here.”
The way faces and places mark your life has been a touchstone of Chesney’s music. So much so that a special live version of “When I See This Bar,” sung with Eric Church on the final night in Boston, has been sent to country radio. “If there’s anyone who understands what this song is about, it’s Eric! He’s spent his share of time in bars, and he knows the way those people, those friends, those moments make all of us who we are, and it was a pleasure to sing a song that special to me with an artist I respect as much as I do Eric.
“It was a great summer having Kacey Musgraves, the Eli Young guys and Eric out there with us. To see people so passionate about music, well, that’s what it’s all about.”
Update – This special has been rescheduled for October 6th
Be sure to tune into CBS Sunday Morning this weekend for a profile of Kenny Chesney. CBS followed Kenny around at his final show at Gillette, as well as during a visit to the Boston Medical Center to meet with marathon bombing victims.
“I knew when they decided to come back, they weren’t looking for a ride on the gator or a chance to see how fast it was,” Chesney says of his second appearance on the award-winning Sunday morning news magazine. “I’ve grown a lot as an artist, as a person – and I think that was something that maybe intrigued them. A lot of soul searching goes into what we do, and I think that interested them as much as anything.”
In addition to capturing the final weekend of the No Shoes Nation Tour – marking his 10th and 11th sell-outs of Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA – the crew joined the songwriter/artist on an emotional tour of Boston Medical Center, which partners with him for the Spread the Love Fund. After visiting the Emergency Unit, Chesney also had the opportunity to meet with several of the Fund’s beneficiaries, to hear their stories, share their courage and, especially, their optimism.
“Watching what happened on tv, which the entire nation did, really threw me,” Chesney says. “But to see these amazing people who’re putting their lives back together, to hear their stories and see the way they approach getting their lives back… I was, well, moved beyond words.”
Chesney, normally reticent about this kind of media, allowed “Sunday Morning” to join him on the visit. Beyond capturing the annual yearbook distribution, a tradition started in 2002, the news crew captured the way it feels when Chesney hits the stage from as close as anyone has ever been to the man The Wall Street Journal deemed, “King of the Road.”
The No Shoes Nation Tour kicked off March 12th in Houston, TX, and it came to an end Saturday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusettes.
Kenny Chesney made nearly 50 stops on the tour, including 18 NFL and MLB stadiums.
We’ve got a few of the set lists from the tour in the set list archive. Got one we missed? Pass it along here.
You’ll have to wait until 2015 for your next Kenny show. He’s taking 2014 off to focus on new music.
“I love touring more than anyone in the world,” Chesney tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I love the band, the crew, the whole team — and it’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour. So I’m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.”
Now that the tour is over, Chesney headed straight for the islands. He tweeted out this picture on Sunday:
Kenny Chesney was in New York City on Friday morning to perform for Good Morning America’s Summer Concert series.
Rocking his “Spread The Love Fund” t-shirt in support of Boston bombing victims, Kenny performed “Pirate Flag” and “When I See This Bar.”
View photos from the show here.
Watch “Pirate Flag”:
Watch “When I See This Bar”: