Two Interviews Reveal Personal Frustrations In Last Few Years

posted May 28th, 2008 at 8:54 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney recently gave two interviews where he speaks a lot about his career and his personal life. Here’s an excerpt from the first from “Kenny is a hot ticket”

“I remember being in a Laundromat in college doing our laundry. And we were talking about wouldn’t it be great if we could get one song on the radio and all of us go out on a tour bus, just for one summer, and have a great time, just experience it,” he recalled, then laughed: “This is our 16th summer.”
“I’m really proud of my career, and we did it with a lot of hard work and having a lot of fun,” he said, then chuckled when told that he has become the example other artists follow.
“I would love to go out and tour with him and see his operation,” said friend and vocal partner Tracy Lawrence. “It’s unbelievable how big his career has gotten.”

“When I hear that, it’s really flattering and it really makes me feel great,” said Chesney. “But when other artists say that, they have to understand that they have to sacrifice their whole life. Somebody said to me, ‘I think it’s great that you set aside a part of your life to give to your music.’ You got it all wrong; this is my life.”
“I work all the time; I’m gone all the time. I know I’m sacrificing relationships and I’m sacrificing being really close to my family,” he said. “But the good times definitely outweigh the tough times out here. I woke up this morning and I looked up and my bus is parked in front of the Cleveland Browns football stadium, for God’s sake.”
“Sammy Hagar is opening for me. Think about that,” Chesney said. “I remember being in my car going to high school listening to ‘I Can’t Drive 55′ as loud as I could possibly get it.”

Chesney is on the road through September. After that, he’ll return to his boat somewhere in the Bahamas and watch the sun move across the sky to the soundtrack of Bob Marley. After a month or so, he will probably pull his guitar out of the closet.

“I’ll start messing around. The next thing you know, I’m a verse and a chorus into the next song. That’s how it usually works. By the end of November, we’re already preparing to go through the next summer,” he said.

Read the entire interview with AZNightBuzz here.

Also, Chesney talks with Nekesa Moody of the Associated Press: “Chesney finds music, touring inspire him in tough times”

The year 2006 may have been another pinnacle in the seemingly unstoppable career of the country superstar, but it also may have been his most frustrating time as an artist —- and a person. Chesney was still reeling from his very public breakup of his brief marriage to Academy Award-winner Renee Zellweger (and the tabloid frenzy that followed), and felt particularly uninspired, even when it came to what he loved most —- touring.

“I wasn’t mentally ready to go on the road, after all the media stuff that happened with the breakup with Renee, I just mentally wasn’t ready to go, so all last year, even though I had fun and the whole tour was amazing … mentally I just wasn’t 100 percent there,” he admits.

He was even reluctant to work on a follow-up to his multiplatinum 2005 album, “The Road and the Radio,” which featured such hits as “Beer in Mexico.”

“Last year at the CMA Awards … he said to me, ‘I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get this record done; I don’t know what I want to say,’ ” Joe Galante, head of Sony Nashville, recalls Chesney saying.

Galante didn’t want to push his superstar to make a record he wasn’t ready to make. But he told him to take a crack at it, and see if something might give him inspiration.

Read the entire article here.

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