Title Revealed for Kenny’s New Album

posted March 29th, 2012 at 8:42 am

by Josh Martn

In an interview with USA Today, Kenny Chesney reveals the artwork and title (Welcome to the Fishbowl) for his upcoming album and how he arrived at the name:

Chesney says the title of the album came from a conversation he had with some of his football-playing friends at a beach bar called The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Fla.

“We walked in, and it was packed,” Chesney recalls. “There was about 20 minutes of people coming up, saying hello, wanting to get something signed.

“After that died down, one of those guys said, ‘I didn’t realize your life was like this.’ I said, ‘Hey, man, welcome to the fishbowl.’ As soon as I said it, I realized that I was going to write a song about how our world and our culture is shrinking.”

Chesney insists that the song isn’t necessarily about celebrity. “In fact, at the end of the song I speak to celebrities and say, ‘You asked for this,’ ” he says. “But you don’t have to be in the public eye for your business to be everybody’s business. And that’s just the way it is.”

When it comes to the songs on Fishbowl, Chesney recalls a different conversation, one he had with Matraca Berg, the co-writer of his 2010 hit You and Tequila. Berg told Chesney that he was at a point in his career where he could cut both great songs and songs that would fill football stadiums.

“I think that’s what I’m enjoying about this part in my career,” he says, “and the new album’s going to show that even more. Not a lot of artists, especially if they’re as mainstream as me, have that freedom.”

‘Welcome to the Fishbowl’ will hit stores on June 19th

In the interview, Kenny also talks a little about the upcoming Brothers of the Sun Tour:

“We start rehearsing (for the tour) after the ACMs, and we start piecing it all together,” says Chesney, who expects to include at least three songs from Fishbowl in his set. “I try to fill my sets full of songs that everybody lives with every day. To play a new song in a stadium, you might lose people. They might tune out for three minutes. But I’m at a point in my life where I want to play them new music. I want them to know we might do Fishbowl and a couple more.

“I’m looking forward to playing new music for everybody. It’s going to be an incredibly fun and passionate summer.”

Pre-order the new album now at Amazon.com.

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  • Jeannine Barr

    I am a true Kenny fan – love the man, the music and the spirit he inspires.. but I will be honest,   when I first heard the title “Welcome to the Fishbowl”   I, as a fan, was a wee bit insulted!! Kenny markets himself so powerfully and has such a strong and loyal fan-base that without the epilogue of “You asked for this” I would be a bit turned off!  Those four words put it back into perspective.

    Looking forward to the new music and some amazing shows this summer ~ No one can perform quite like Mr. Chesney, in a cut off t-shirt and jeans (what does he do with all those sleeves he cuts off anyway?)
    Cheers to continued success Kenny!
    See you in NJ ~ 08/11

  • Nick Pauley

    I can’t even imagine. Omg can’t wait.


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