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.”
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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.
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‘The Big Revival’ will be released on September 23rd!
An evening most University of Georgia of students will be talking about for years – 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney took the stage last night at Athens’ Georgia Theatre, where he performed a surprise pop-up concert for an extremely small crowd of around 500 fans. The concert is the first installment of CMT’s new INSTANT JAM series and premieres Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. Each episode of INSTANT JAM features live performances, and captures all the excitement and energy as artists reveal to fans how to score tickets to an exclusive show in their area, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to their concert.
With a handful of posters going up in the late morning and flyers distributed in downtown Athens yesterday, there was a frenzy to score one of the 500 wristbands allotted for the show, which went on for over two hours. With distribution at the University of Georgia’s Phi Mu sorority house, they were gone in less than 8 minutes. Chesney performed 23 songs, some he’s not played in years, hits people expected and a pair of songs from his Sept. 23 release The Big Revival, including his Top 5 “American Kids.” Throwing out the setlist, Chesney even covered Hank Williams Sr’s “Kaw Liga” and George Strait’s “Carried Away,” while Face Timing Strait on stage as he and the entire audience sang along.
A lucky few hundred University of Georgia students are in for a treat tonight as Kenny Chesney will play a show at the Georgia Theatre for CMT’s Instant Jam.
(photo from flagpole.com)
The Athens Banner-Herald has more:
Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Fans can only get inside with a wristband which were given out at the Phi Mu Sorority beginning at noon. The wristbands were quickly given out in lines of two as CMT camera men filmed fan reactions.
The show officially was announced at about 11 a.m. today.
The Kinchafoonee Cowboys were scheduled to appear at the Georgia Theatre tonight, but posted a message on Facebook on Tuesday saying the show had been cancelled.
“The Georgia Theatre cancelled our show this Friday for another big country band,” the message said.
Kenny Chesney was in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday night to attend a private screening of “The Believer,” a documentary co-produced by Kenny about SC football coach Steve Spurrier.
Chesney flew in Friday night for an uber-private screening of a documentary featuring South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier, held at Williams-Brice Stadium with the Spurrier family and very few, lucky guests.
In July, it was reported by Rolling Stone that Chesney had co-produced the documentary titled “The Believer.”
The one hour biopic is all about the legendary head coach, as part of the “SEC Storied” series.
“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,” Spurrier said at a recent SEC media day event, in true nonchalant Head Ball Coach fashion.
“The Believer” will air (where else) on the SEC Network at 8:00 p.m. EDT on August 27th – the eve of the network’s inaugural live football broadcast (which features Spurrier’s team – the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks – going up against the No. 20/21 Texas A&M Aggies).
Gamecock fans and football fans alike should enjoy the piece, which will include Spurrier’s tenure as a Heisman winning quarterback at Florida University, his brief stint in the NFL and how he made believers out of Gamecock nation.