Kenny Scratched First Draft of New Album Last Summer

posted September 30th, 2010 at 8:14 am

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by Josh Martn

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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