“Down The Road” Hits Number One!

posted February 17th, 2009 at 8:12 am

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney’s latest single, “Down The Road” with Mac McAnally (writer of the song), has reached the top of the Billboard Country Singles chart this week.

“I am really happy about having a #1 with my very good friend, and frankly, one of my songwriting heroes,” Chesney says of the achievement. “The idea that you can go in the studio with a couple guitars and a great lyric, that people want to hear that… that it’s still okay to make records like this… that says a lot about what people really want and respond to.

“And I’m equally happy for Mac, who’s given the world so much wonderful music… He wrote this song on a Christmas morning years ago, waiting for his kids to get up and it comes from such a wonderful place. To be able to hear him on the radio, well, that just kills me – and to be able to have a #1 record with someone I admire so much, well, that’s a whole other kind of Christmas present.”

“Down The Road” received an Academy of Country Music Vocal Event nomination earlier this week. The song marks a string of stellar collaborations on Chesney’s records that include Randy Travis, Uncle Kracker, Willie Nelson, George Strait and Dave Matthews.

“Having an ACM nomination with Mac is icing on the cake,” says the 4-consecutive and current Academy of Country Music and 4-time and reigning Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year. “If they gave awards for heart and soul, for being gifted, for singing the way he does, nobody could touch him… To be able to be part of a nomination with Mac McAnally is about as good as it gets.”

Click here to watch a video of Kenny singing “Down The Road” on the Early Show back in October.

Also watch Mac McAnally’s “Down The Road” music video from 1994 at our sister site BuffettWorld.

Congratulations Kenny and Mac!

Tagged in Charts, Singles, Videos

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