Kenny Chesney heads south this weekend to the bayou… Bayou Country Superfest that is, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The music festival is packing some of the biggest names in country music over two days at LSU Tiger Stadium.
On Saturday, Gloriana, David Nail, Kellie Pickler, Keith Urban, and Taylor Swift perform. Then on Sunday, Justin Moore, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, and Kenny Chesney will perform. Chesney is scheduled to perform around 8:30 pm.
This is Kenny’s second festival of the year. Back in March he played at Rodeo Houston in Houston, Texas. Next weekend he’ll head to BamaJam in Enterprise, Alabama. Two more Las Vegas shows are on tap for July and then a few other festivals will round out the sparse 2010 tour.
Be sure to listen to No Shoes Radio on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Jon and Tambo will be broadcasting live alongside 101.5 WYNK. If you’re going to the show, find NSR at the SuperFest Fan Fest area in Lot A to win some gear and other great prizes from WYNK.
And as always, we rely on you to get us the set list for the show. So if you attend, please help us out and e-mail the set list. Thanks!
While all the stars were in Las Vegas for the ACM Awards last month, a special tribute was taped for Brooks & Dunn. Kenny Chesney joined Jason Aldean, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and others to salute the retiring duo.
“The Last Rodeo” will air tonight at 8 pm ET/PT on CBS, but you can watch Kenny’s performance of “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” now by clicking here.
On Friday night in Sarasota, legendary basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale hosted his fifth annual Dick Vitale Gala to benefit cancer research. Numerous celebrities were in attendance, including Kenny Chesney.
Every year, Vitale’s event faces the daunting task of eclipsing the previous one. And every year, it manages to succeed.
Friday’s was no exception. Among the 60-plus athletes and coaches who attended, including honorees Tony Dungy, former head coach of the Bucs, and Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball coach, two other figures helped put it over the top.
One was Hall of Fame basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who flew in late to Sarasota to present Izzo, then departed just as quickly.
The other was a surprise to many: Country singing sensation Kenny Chesney told Vitale to count on his appearance.
“He said, ‘I want to be a part of this,'” said Vitale. “‘I want to help out. I’m coming in.'”
Since the formation of the V Foundation in 1993 following the death of Jim Valvano, close to $100 million has been raised, much of it due to Vitale’s tireless efforts.
Vitale tweeted that Kenny brought his dad along, who used to coach high school basketball:
Kenny Chesney had his Dad with him as he coached HS hoops in Tenn- his Dad had fun sharing stories with Pearl -Calipari- Williams
If you’re unfamiliar with college basketball, Vitale was referring to Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl, Kentucky head coach John Calipari, and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.
(photo by Thomas Bender / Herald Tribune)
As you may have heard, Kenny Chesney played and played and played last Saturday night at The Joint in Las Vegas. Thanks to Steve, we have most, if not all of the set list from the show where Kenny rocked out 48 songs!
“We knew we were gonna be putting it up for another month, so we figured we’d go as long as they stayed… and we hit everything,” said Chesney. “I did ‘Hungry Heart’ acoustic… We played ‘I’m Alive’ for the first time, and ‘You Save Me,” half the Be As You Are record… a buncha covers form the Violent Femmes to Steve Miller… and we went and we went and they stayed and they stayed, and then we played some more.”
Here’s the set list (encores may not be in exact order):
- Living In Fast Forward
- Ain’t Back Yet
- Live Those Songs
- Beer In Mexico
- Keg In The Closet
- Out Last Night
- Guitars & Tiki Bars
- No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems
- I Go Back
- Anything But Mine
- Me and You
- The Woman With You
- Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
- Never Wanted Nothing More
- When The Sun Goes Down
- Don’t Happen Twice
- How Forever Feels
- Pride & Joy
- Ice Cream Man
- Rocky Mountain Way
- Take It Easy
- Hungry Heart
- Old Blue Chair
- Blister In The Sun (w/ Tambo)
- With Or Without You (w/ Tambo)
- The Joker / Three Little Birds
- I Get Carried Away
- I Like It, I Love It
- Last Dance with Mary Jane
- I’m On Fire
- Pretty Women
- You Really Got Me
- I Want My Rib Back
- You Save Me
- On The Coast Of Somewhere Beautiful
- Drift Away
- The Fireman
- Life In The Fast Lane
- Free Fallin’
- Where Are You Going
- You Never Even Call Me By My Name
- Dixieland Delight
- Gimme Three Steps
- I’m Alive (w/ Tambo)
- Big Star
If you were at the show and remember a song or two that was missed, please e-mail me.
Update – Several of you e-mailed to say that Kenny also played “Something Sexy About The Rain” and “Boston.” Thanks to all of you that passed that along!
Forbes has released their list of country music’s top earners and Kenny Chesney comes in at number one with $50 million in earnings, down from $65 million a year ago.
Chesney continued his reign atop the country music industry by out-touring everyone else. His 2009 tour grossed $71 million and brought in an average of $1.6 million every night, nearly doubling the box office receipts of his closest competitor, Keith Urban. Prominent sponsorships with companies like Corona and MasterCard keep tour costs down, making the tours even more profitable.
Here’s the rest of the top 10:
- Toby Keith – $48 million
- Taylor Swift – $45 million
- Rascal Flatts – $45 million
- Tim McGraw – $30 million
- Keith Urban – $28 million
- George Strait – $25 million
- Brad Paisley – $22 million
- Alan Jackson – $15 million
- Carrie Underwood – $13 million
According to The Country Vibe, several of the songwriters who’ve written Kenny’s biggest hits will come together for a tribute show to him that will raise money for Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities in Nashville and across the country.
Hit songwriters Mac McAnally, Craig Wiseman, Brett James, Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley, and Casey Beathard will tell us how their songs were cut by Kenny Chesney. The special show will be broadcast live on No Shoes Radio.
The 4th Annual Songwriters Series will take place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville on Thursday, June 10th (during CMA Fest week). Tickets are available now here.
Update – Here’s more from Kenny on the tribute:
“It’s amazing the way all of those writers understand where I come from, who I am, the things that matter to me,” says the man who’s penned hits of his own “Beer In Mexico,” “I Go Back” and “Out Last Night,” as well as Rascal Flatt’s multiple week #1 “Take Me There” and David Nail’s rising “Turning Home.” “When you find a song that touches you like theirs have touched me, well, you know those are the songs that’re gonna connect — and I love the fact that those songwriters get to see their songs have life in Nashville during the week when all the fans come to town.”
“These songwriters are awesome singers and performers in their own right. That they can come together like this — and help raise money for something as worthwhile as Musicians on Call, which provides recorded music and bedside performances for people too sick to participate in music any other way — well, that’s the power of what songs can do.”
“These guys have written hits for everybody: Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Gary Allen, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Jimmy Buffett, Brooks & Dunn and so many people,” says Chesney. “If you wanna hear a whole lot of why country music sounds the way it does, hear the songs from the writers’ mouths — and help a really good cause — this is a great way to do it.”
Attention Knoxville-area fans, WVLT (Volunteer TV) will air a special with Kenny Chesney next week:
WVLT, Channel 8, will present a 30-minute special centering on prime anchor Alan Williams’ recent interview withKenny Chesney. “The Good Stuff: A Conversation with Kenny Chesney” will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 27.
Williams talks to Chesney about his career, his memories of growing up in East Tennessee and his plans for the future.
The interview was conducted before Chesney appeared at a Variety benefit in Knoxville in April.