The DVD for Kenny Chesney’s football documentary “The Boys of Fall” (set for release Nov. 9th exclusively thru Walmart) will be 90-minutes long, instead of just the 1-hour version that has aired on ESPN.
In addition to the extra length, the DVD will include bonus features, behind the scenes footage, the “making of” the documentary, and director/producer commentary.
The DVD is available for pre-order now at Walmart.com for $11.88.
“Boys of Fall” is a football documentary about life. Executive Producer and Country Superstar, Kenny Chesney began shooting footage and football interviews for his new single “The Boys of Fall” in fall 2009. After shooting footage of friend and New Orleans Saints’ coach Sean Payton at his high school alma mater, Chesney decided to expand the video into a full documentary film. Over the next several months he filmed youth football games, high school football games & locker room speeches as well as interviews with football greats. Interviews include Troy Aikman, Bobby Bowden, Mack Brown, Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, John Madden, Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Sean Payton, Bill Parcells, Nick Saban and Jim Tressel. After an introduction that includes Peyton speaking to his old high school team in the locker room before a big game, it depicts how those who do not go on to long, storied careers in the NFL, like high school wide receiver Chesney, the lessons learned on the field help to shape who they are today.
Kenny Chesney’s “Invitation Only” special debuted on CMT Monday night and it’s now available to watch online.
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In the special, Kenny takes a few questions and performed the following songs:
- Beer In Mexico
- Somewhere With You
- Hemingway’s Whiskey
- Living in Fast Forward
- The Boys of Fall
- Out Last Night
- Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
- You and Tequila
- When The Sun Goes Down
The show will re-air Saturday, October 2nd at 3 pm ET/PT on CMT.
We’ve seen the interviews with Kenny where he describes his touring becoming like a machine. In an interview with The Tennessean, he says that it also applied to his music and new album:
He was exhausted, his massive tour was nearing an end and he and producer Buddy Cannon had recorded and mixed a new album that was the final obstacle blocking him from time off. Chesney took a CD of the final mixes out of the studio to hear on his way back home.
“I put it in my CD player and listened, and I called Buddy back before he’d even left the studio,” the country star said. “I said, ‘There’s 11 songs on this album, but we’ve really only got four.’ I wanted so bad to be finished, but it was a moment where I had to do some soul-searching as an artist. The songs sounded good, but they were passionless, and I knew in my heart that we didn’t have it.”
And so they went back to work, and the “time off” Chesney pledged to take following his tour’s end in September became song searching and recording for much of the winter.
“One thing I’ve learned this year is that I’m not real good at sitting still,” Chesney said. “But with this album, I realized that I was getting ready to basically mail it in, and I just can’t do that.”
“The extra time was very much needed, creatively, for me and Buddy,” Chesney said. “It gave us a chance to dig in and talk about the songs, and to find some songs that would fit me and that would also push my audience a little.”
The title track, penned by Guy Clark, Ray Stephenson and Joe Leathers, was among the late additions. Chesney brought in pop chanteuse Grace Potter to harmonize on Matraca Berg and Deana Carter’s plaintive “You and Tequila.” And Chesney heard much to connect with in “Round and Round,” a Scotty Emerick, Paul Overstreet and Even Stevens song that examines the nature of wanting.
“There’s a guy on an island, he ain’t smilin’/ Don’t want to be on an island anymore,” sings Chesney, who has spent much of his career trading on island imagery. And after singing of a “nobody trying to get that 15 minutes of fame,” he sings, “Someplace there’s a superstar, thinking, ‘Lord, if I could only change my name.”’
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The new album from Kenny Chesney, Hemingway’s Whiskey, should have no problem topping the Billboard 200 albums chart this week according to Hits Daily Double:
Fueled by single “Boys of Fall,” the new Chesney album looks on pace for about 180-200,000 first week sales. That figure is according to the Hits Daily Double forecast, which is based on first-day sales extensions. No other new release will even contend with that tally.
Also debuting will be Lil’ Wayne’s digital release “I Am Not a Human Being,” which looks good for just under 100,000 units. Weezy’s release will top Gucci Mane’s “The Appeal” (60-65,000), Eric Clapton’s “Clapton” (45-50,000) and Jimmy Eat World’s “Invented” (40-45,000).
Kenny Chesney’s latest single “The Boys of Fall” hit number one this week on the Billboard Top Country Songs chart, giving him his 20th number one. Billboard points out that it also marks another milestone for Kenny:
The football-themed tale grants Chesney a Country Songs No. 1 for a 10th consecutive year. He banked one leader in each year from 2001 through 2005, two in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and three in 2007.
Chesney’s 10-year streak of reaching the Country Songs summit is the longest since Tim McGraw sent at least one title to the top each year from 1994 through 2004. In the chart’s 66-year history, just six artists have strung together longer runs of annual No. 1s than Chesney:
18 years, George Strait, 1983-2000
16 years, Ronnie Milsap, 1974-89
14 years, Alabama, 1980-93
12 years, Loretta Lynn, 1967-78
11 years, Tim McGraw, 1994-2004
11 years, Dolly Parton, 1977-87
10 years, Kenny Chesney, 2001-10
10 years, Conway Twitty, 1968-77
10 years, Merle Haggard, 1967-76
ESPN’s Five Minutes for the Fans featured Kenny Chesney this week, and the Q&A focused solely on sports. There are some great questions from fans and insightful answers from Kenny:
e7561x: Kenny, thinking of your songs, what would be the song you would run out of the tunnel to?
Kenny Chesney: It’d have to be something that was going to get me fired up. One of my first hits ever, a long time ago, was called “Whatever It Takes,” so maybe that. Yeah.
Tracy G: What is your greatest college sports memory as a fan?
Kenny Chesney: My favorite college sports memory is going to be about Tennessee football. My father took me, I remember as a kid, going to my first Tennessee football game and walking into Neyland Stadium and looking how big that place was and looking at the field, I was so excited to be there.
Carolina_Slim: Do you notice similarities between success on the stage and success on the gridiron?
Kenny Chesney: All the time. I mean, I think that’s one of the commonalities between what they do and what I do. I mean, we have a lot of things in common. We’re all in the spotlight, we’re all in the public eye, but we all still work very hard to do what we do and give a lot and sacrifice a lot. And it takes a lot of work to do what we do at the level we’re doing it, and they know that and you can see that.
Read the full Q&A here.
The Country Music Association announced the first round of performers this morning for the 44th annual CMA Awards, “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” and Kenny Chesney is on the list.
Other artists slated to perform include Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, and The Zac Brown Band singing together with Alan Jackson.
After taking the year off from major touring, Kenny is only up for one award this year: Musical Event of the Year for “I’m Alive” with Dave Matthews.
The 44th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.