Didn’t attend the CMA Music Festival in Nashville a couple weeks back? Well you’ll be able to watch many of the performances, including some of Kenny Chesney’s act, on an ABC special in August.
“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will air Monday, August 31st from 8:00-11:00 PM/ET on the ABC Television Network.
Filmed in Nashville June 11-14, the special has been expanded to three hours to showcase more of today’s most exciting Country Music stars. Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland and Taylor Swift are the first performers to be confirmed, with more artists to be announced soon.
The annual CMA Music Festival is unlike any other, with four days filled with more than one hundred hours of live music, 30 hours of autograph signings by Country Music’s biggest names and up and comers, hundreds of artists and celebrities, and a party list of thousands of avid fans. This is the fifth time ABC will broadcast this special – which invites the whole country to America’s biggest Country Music bash – since the original Fan Fair(R) was launched in 1972. This year an average of 56,000 fans attended each day of CMA Music Festival, its biggest turnout yet.
Kenny Chesney’s stand-alone encore “Don’t Blink” tellingly capped his strong 20-song set Saturday night before a sell-out crowd at Lincoln Financial Field.
After a long program of five acts that began with Lady Antebellum at 4 p.m., the hugely popular country megastar offered 50,000 listeners an observation and a recommendation: Life’s fleeting, so keep your eyes open and take it all in.
That thesis of living now and looking back thoughtfully is a recurring theme in many of Chesney’s well-tooled hit songs – “There Goes My Life,” “I Go Back,” and “Back Where I Come From” played Saturday. Perhaps it is the true source of his appeal, far deeper than his good-timey, beachy-cowboy image as a Nashville version of Jimmy Buffett might suggest.
Will there ever be a more exciting show than Thursday night’s Kenny Chesney Sun City Carnival Tour? Probably — when Chesney returns to the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater.
The biggest moneymaker in the country music business has it all — excellent material, a very good voice, a very good band, and a personality that exudes pure joy.
The most super of the country music superstars can best be described by thumbing through a dictionary of superlatives.
Typical of most shows in the genre, the fans sing along. In Chesney’s case, they seem to do as much vocalizing as their idol, seemingly knowing every word of every song.
Thursday’s show was called the Sun City Carnival. That sounds like a senior citizen boat trip, but most of the audience were in their 20s and 30s, an over-enthusiastic bunch who greeted the star with a thunderous, deafening ovation.
Tonight’s show at Jones Beach will be the first time that Kenny Chesney has played at the venue. Long Island’s Newsday has an interview with Chesney:
“I’ve never played Jones Beach, and I thought I’d played everywhere,” Chesney said, calling from his Nashville home during a short tour break. “The first time’s always the best, right?”
Q – New York country fans don’t get to see their favorites very often. Why did you decide to come out here this time?
A – When you’re doing the road like I have for so many years – I’ve been on the road for 16 years – we’re trying not to repeat markets and if there’s any places we haven’t played, we want to get to them . . . For me, [New York] is great. But I have a different audience. I have a very eclectic group of people that might not go see somebody else in my genre. I think a lot of people in our audience live by the rule that we live by on the road: We work harder and we play harder.