We reported back in June that the official Twitter account for Kenny Chesney had been set up. At first it was @chesneyofficial but a week ago Chesney acquired his full name – @KennyChesney. And now the first tweet has been sent out:
The twitpic link takes you to a really cool shot of Kenny sitting next to Terry Francona in the Red Sox dugout.
If you aren’t yet on Twitter, join now! And then be sure to follow us at twitter.com/ChesneyWorld.
Update – Also be sure to follow No Shoes Radio at @NoShoesRadio.
On Wednesday, Star Magazine “reported” that Jessica Simpson flirted with Kenny Chesney at a 4th of July party and that was part of the reason for Tony Romo breaking off the relationship. Kenny wasted no time in refuting the rumors in an interview with People:
“Tony’s a friend, and I wouldn’t flirt with a buddy’s girlfriend,” Chesney tells PEOPLE. “More importantly, Jessica was just being sweet and there was nothing else to it. It’s not funny. There were no problems. Everybody got along great. After the party, everybody went their own way and nobody thought anything more about it. Period. End of story.”
The party was thrown by Chesney’s friend, Sean Payton, coach of pro football’s New Orleans Saints, Chesney says.
“If a girl and her boyfriend can’t go to someone’s house for a Fourth of July party and talk to the other guests without it turning into a big nightmare … , then I feel really sorry for Jessica and Tony, who’re both really nice people,” Chesney says. “I wonder if I wasn’t famous if anyone would even care. But the fact of the matter is I talked to a bunch of guests, hung out, had a good time.”
Country Standard Time has some quotes from Kenny Chesney on his latest single “I’m Alive”:
“We all lead pretty amazing lives,” said Chesney. “The trick is to see what you’ve got… to count your blessings… rather than worrying about what you think you need.”
“It was never meant to be some kind of a message – except to maybe myself,” said Chesney. “I think when you go through stuff, even if it’s just an awful morning after a real good night, you consider how lucky you are to be where you are. That’s what the song is all about.”
“It’s funny, though. It’s one thing when Willie Nelson at 70 sings it, and something totally different when Dave and I do. One is from a place of really knowing; for us, it was more just the fact that we realize it.”
And for more insight on this song, here is Kenny’s liner note on “I’m Alive” from the Lucky Old Sun album:
This song was born on my boat with Mark Tamburino and Dean Dillon – late in the afternoon, actually, because we’d been out rambling around the island till about 4 am. Tambo had this melody that was really unique – and he just kept playing it over and over…. We’d promised some people we were gonna take them out on the boat, but you know that’s the night before…. When my captain Ben woke up the next morning, I asked him if he was alright and he said, “I’m Alive…” We wrote this song in about twenty minutes – because, you know, we all go through things that alter our lives, but we get through them…. I knew right then, that at a point, I was going to be okay. I didn’t know when. But I knew I was healthy; I had great friends. There were a lot of people who loved me and a lot of truth left to live. I was alive and that was a great place to start from. Thanks again Dave!
(hat tip to Rebecca)
The country music special on the Oprah Winfrey Show that originally aired back in April will re-air today.
The show includes performances by and interviews with Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, and Sugarland.
We have the videos in our Video Gallery, but if you want to watch the full episode be sure to check your local listings!
According to Country Music Tattle Tale, Kenny Chesney’s next single will be “I’m Alive”, the duet with Dave Matthews from the Lucky Old Sun album.
(thanks to Katie and Kayle for passing this along)
Update – The song was released to country radio stations on Monday and has an official add date of August 17th. Have you heard it yet on your local station?
One of country music’s hottest new male artists, David Nail, has a new album coming out on August 18th that includes a song written by Kenny Chesney and Scooter Carusoe. Alison at CMT.com sings the praises of the song, entitled “Turning Home”:
For the last three days, I have been listening nonstop to his whole album, I’m About to Come Alive, that comes out in mid-August. And now I have another major favorite song. It’s called “Turning Home.” Kenny Chesney co-wrote it with country hit machine Scooter Carusoe, and I can’t imagine why he didn’t keep it for himself. Maybe it sounds too much like his version of Mac McAnally’s “Back Where I Come From.” Anyway, the quiet intro builds to a long song packed with imagery of street lights swaying in the breeze and picture postcards making good company. The gospel sound of the song and the soul in Nail’s voice have me hooked. And it’s shown me that he’s not just another smokin’ hot face.
Kenny Chesney’s very own radio station, No Shoes Radio, is coming back! According to Country Standard Time the station will launch on August 6th at www.noshoesradio.com:
“People ask me what I do and, obviously, cause of the way I sing and where I come from, I’m a country singer, but really, what I do draws on so much more than that,” Chesney said. “Growing up, I don’t think anybody listened to any one kind of thing – and what I think of as country, well, that’s not really what we do… But then again, II think most of our fans are listening to other stuff, too, whether it’s Dave (Matthews), (Bruce) Springsteen (Tom) Petty or Jackson Browne, not to mention Bob Marley, who I think may be the great equalizer among all kinds of music.”
Drawn largely from Chesney’s iPod, No Shoes Radio will be the focal point for interviews with Chesney, friends, fans and the crew that are part of this year’s Corona Extra sponsored Sun City Carnival.
The kick-off will include an inter view with Chesney in Orange Beach, Ala. Plus a few songs. Tour mates Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum will be on hand as well. The Orange Beach show may be simulcast on computer as well.
“I always say I wish I could take the fans with us,” Chesney said. “I can’t drag people around behind me, but we can still make them part of this concert experience. For me, the idea that I can bring everybody together within all the music that inspires me… well, that’s what got me started doing this in the first place – and now we can find a way to bring everybody to the show. It’s gonna be cool, and then it’s gonna keep rocking.”
No Shoes Radio launched July 26th of last year on XM Satellite Radio and ran through through October 25th. No word yet on whether the station will be on XM/Sirius this time around.