Songwriter Series Highlights Chesney’s Hits

posted August 26th, 2011 at 8:49 am

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by Josh Martn

The day before Kenny Chesney plays to tens of thousands of fans at Gillette Stadium, he played to a few hundred at the Royale Nightclub as part of the CMA Songwriters Series.

The Boston Globe has a nice writeup on the show:

“When you hear songs on the radio and wonder where they come from, this,’’ said Kenny Chesney, sweeping an arm toward his left and right, “is where they come from.’’

The country superstar was gesturing toward five fellow songwriters on the stage at Royale – Bob DiPiero, Matraca Berg, Craig Wiseman, Wendell Mobley, and Brett James – who are responsible for some of the biggest hits in country music of the last two decades, including some of Chesney’s best-known songs.

Armed with acoustic guitars and their voices, the sextet spent 2 1/2 captivating hours singing, telling tales on each other, and breaking down what’s involved in creating the soundtrack to listeners’ lives.

It was a treat to watch Chesney, who graduated to stadium-level success years ago, shrink his larger-than-life persona down for the small stage, excitedly talking about the bones of his songs like “Old Blue Chair’’ and joining his partners in rhyme to play, sing backup and laugh along with their stories.

Read the full story here.

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