Randy Travis Releasing Duets Album, Chesney Included

posted August 23rd, 2010 at 1:26 pm

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by Josh Martn

Veteran country artist Randy Travis is working on a duets album that will be released early next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his his first album on a major label. On the duets album, he’ll partner with Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Tim McGraw, John Anderson, and more.

Just last year, Carrie Underwood released a new version of Randy’s “I Told You So,” and she ended up bringing Randy into the studio to turn it into a duet, eventually winning a Grammy Award with it. Appropriately, Carrie’s planning on joining Randy for this album as well.

“She wants to do something old,” Randy noted, “and I don’t even know what we’re going to do yet.”

The album is expected to come out during the first half of 2011, but it’s not the first time Randy’s tackled a major duets release. His 1990 CD Heroes & Friends featured a dozen guest artists, including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Roy Rogers, Clint Eastwood and Tammy Wynette.

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Chesney Will Play Around 60 Shows Next Year

posted August 20th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney is the cover story in the latest issue of Billboard magazine and in it he gives fans the most pleasing news in over a year… that he’ll play about “60-ish” shows in 2011.

“I’ve already got a 3-D rendering of what our stage show will look like on my computer right now,” Chesney says, lighting up when he discusses things like working out sightlines. “I can look at it from all angles. I don’t want to piece this thing together. If you go out like we do it, if we start in April or March, you can’t wait until January to piece this together.”

The rest of the article focuses on Kenny’s decision not to tour this year and his upcoming album Hemingway’s Whiskey.

Billboard also has a feature with Kenny describing each song on the album. It’s a great read, check it out here.

Read the full article here. You can also purchase this issue of Billboard here.

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Details on Deluxe Version of ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’

posted August 19th, 2010 at 9:38 am

by Josh Martn

We told you a few weeks back that there would be a CD/DVD limited version of Hemingway’s Whiskey, and now we have the details of what will be on it:

Whether it’s an up close look at his high energy live shows with the Summer In 3D movie, or keeping his ticket prices affordable, giving fans more has always been important to Kenny Chesney. That continues with a dual disc CD + DVD, Deluxe Edition of Hemingway’s Whiskey. The package includes two bonus tracks and an in-depth conversation with Chesney about each of the songs. The Deluxe CD Version will be available for a limited time only.

Of the Deluxe Edition Chesney said “Adding a few songs is kind of the same approach we take to our shows. Every record is different, every night is different. You start feeling good and you want to do 10 extra minutes, 20 extra minutes, extra 3 hours — whatever it is. This is exactly the same. We put two extra songs and conversation on the record because there are fans that have been a part of my life for a long time and really love our music and have really invested a lot emotionally. You can call it ‘going the extra mile’ or whatever. I wanted to give them something special.”

With 30 minutes of content, the DVD includes a personal thank you from Kenny to the fans and a video cut by cut on each of the 13 tracks on the Deluxe Edition. It also includes an in-studio look at the recording of You & Tequila, the duet with blues rocker Grace Potter.

You can pre-order the deluxe version of Hemingway’s Whiskey now at for $11.99.

UpdateGAC lists the two bonus tracks:

  • Ain’t Ever Going Back Again
  • I Didn’t Get Here Alone

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Chart Update: “The Boys of Fall” Cracks the Top 10

posted August 19th, 2010 at 9:06 am

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by Josh Martn

The latest single from Kenny Chesney, “The Boys of Fall”, cracked the top 10 on this week’s Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart coming in at number 9. It’s the fifth week on the charts for the first single from the upcoming album Hemingway’s Whiskey (Pre-order now).

Blake Shelton took over the number one spot from the Zac Brown Band this week with “All About Tonight.”

On the other charts, after a #18 showing last week on the Billboard Hot 100 all-genre chart, “The Boys of Fall” slides to #29. And on the Digital Songs chart, the single slid to #24 after coming in at #14 last week.

Get the single now at iTunes and Amazon MP3. The video is also available at iTunes here.

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US Magazine Interview with Chesney on Football

posted August 18th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

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by Josh Martn

US Magazine has an interview with Kenny Chesney that is exclusively about football and his documentary The Boys of Fall:

Us: What was it like sitting down with your football heroes?

KC: Some of these people I knew, some of them I didn’t. I had never met Brett Favre in my life. But Brett and me will be friends forever now. He was just like the guys in my family, the guys I grew up with. When I landed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, I’d never met him. I had his number and we were texting back and forth getting this interview set up. When I landed, I said ‘What’s for dinner?’ just joking with him. I got nothing back. I was like ‘Uh-oh, I pissed Brett Favre off.’ I got home and I sent him a message that said I was just kidding, just joking and still got nothing back. So we made it to his house, we did the interview, and after we got done with the interview, he said ‘I want you guys to come in here.’ And there were about 30 of us in this film crew. We go into his house and the reason he didn’t text me back was because he had gone and gotten a barbecue dinner for all of us. It was a crazy twist where all of a sudden we’re in Brett Favre’s house eating.

Check out the full interview here.

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“The Boys of Fall” Songwriter Shares the Inspiration for the Song

posted August 17th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

by Josh Martn

The Boot sat down with “The Boys of Fall” co-writer Casey Beathard about his inspiration for the song:

Football is my biggest passion other than songwriting and the family stuff I do. If I’m not with my family or writing, I’m at home just watching football. That’s my background. My dad and brothers were in football, and I have a big passion for it. I’m coaching my kids all through it.

That phrase, “the boys of fall,” is something I’d heard a while back. It was something about “I miss the boys of fall.” I wrote it down and sat on it for a while. Dave and I were sitting around with nothing to write. It was one of those times where it was in the air. You knew football season was coming. When Dave and I started talking about football, that phrase came back to me. We wanted to write it.

It was not so much about football as much as we were talking about life. I always coordinate football with life anyway — leaning on each other and all that stuff you face in life. There’s not a small town — or any town — in this country that doesn’t get it. This is where football came from. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a big song about football until now.

I knew Kenny had the same passion for football as I did. I remember him being on ESPN doing all the college game-day interviews, and I’ve seen him on TV with Sean Payton, the coach of the New Orleans Saints. I sent the song to him the first chance I had. He immediately got back to me and said he was going to put it on his album.

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Chesney Breaks Own Record for Downloads

posted August 16th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney’s record for the biggest amount of opening-week downloads by a male Country artist has been bested…. by Kenny Chesney.

His new single “The Boys of Fall” scored 82,000 downloads its debut week, which outpaced the previous record of 71,000 for “Out Last Night.”

Get the single now at iTunes and Amazon MP3. The video is also available at iTunes here.

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