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Win a Kenny Chesney Costa Sunglasses Pack!

posted May 31st, 2012 at 11:32 am

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney recently announced that he’s expanding his partnership with Costa with five new limited edition sunglasses, with a portion of the proceeds continuing to benefit Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). The partnership, which debuted in 2011 on Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” concert tour, has raised more than $50,000 for CCA to date.

The five new Kenny Chesney Costa styles include Hammerhead, Caballito, Switchfoot, Hammock and Maya, and will retail from $129 to $199. Each style will feature Kenny Chesney’s signature and his palm tree logo inside the frame, and will come in a variety of unique color combinations, including tortoise/light green, black/white and clear/light blue.

We’re giving away two Kenny Chesney Costa kits (one male, one female) that include a pair of sunglasses, a hat, case, and cleaning cloth.

To enter to win, just leave a comment below. We’ll pick the winners a week from today (June 7th).

Good luck!


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Kenny Dishes on New Album in Billboard Interview

posted May 30th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney is on the cover of the June 2nd issue of Billboard magazine (buy it here) and dishes on his new album Welcome to the Fishbowl that comes out June 19th.

“We think a lot about how to balance that fine line of being artistic and creative, but also being mainstream,” Chesney says. “It used to be I tried to be all mainstream, but now, especially with Hemingway’s Whiskey and Fishbowl, I’ve felt this creative freedom. I’m at a point in my career and my life where I can balance both, and that feels really good.”

The traditional recording process in Nashville focuses on crafting songs that sound great on the radio, but Cannon says Chesney’s always thinking about what a song will sound like live, a tactic Chesney confirms. “Making a song is a wonderful, creative time, but for me it can be a very stressful time,” Chesney says. “If you don’t get it right in the studio, you’re not going to get it right on the radio and out on the road. When I’m in the studio, I imagine myself being in the grass at an amphitheater. ‘What’s going to turn me on? What’s going to make me care?'”

There are a wealth of songs on “Fishbowl” tailor-made to make people care, particularly haunting, vulnerable ballads like “El Cerrito Place,” “Sing ‘Em Good, My Friend,” “Always Gonna Be You” and the gut-wrenching “While He Still Knows Who I Am.” The collection would be unrelentingly sad if not juxtaposed against rollicking fare like the title cut, “Whatever Makes You Feel Like a Rock Star” (with McGraw) and “Time Flies” — but it’s those risk — taking ballads that leave the biggest impression.

Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Gary Overton calls Fishbowl “truly a special record,” and was struck by its personal tone. “On many of the songs, Kenny pushed himself to dig deeper into the emotions of personal relationships-both successful and failed-more than he ever has before,” Overton says. “You can feel it in his voice.”

In lesser hands, these sorts of songs could fall flat if the interpreter doesn’t rise to the occasion, and Chesney realizes the risk involved in cutting such songs. “‘El Cerrito Place’ was one of them, because it’s been cut twice before and both were really good,” he says, adding that songwriter Keith Gattis’ version “is incredible, and I heard Charlie [Robison’s] version of it 10 years ago when it came out, and it haunted me. Now all this time has passed, and I still think it’s a little taboo to touch it-but I sure felt it. The time was right for me vocally and emotionally to sink my teeth into that song.”

As the recording process moved on, a common theme of emotional longing and alienation began to take shape, consciously or not. “Every record you make has its twists and turns, and this one was no different,” Chesney says. “The first one I recorded for it was ‘While He Still Knows Who I Am,’ and even that has an element of searching on it.”

Read more of the interview here.


Tagged in Albums, Interviews



Chesney and Others to Join Joe Walsh on CMT Crossroads

posted May 29th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney will join several other artists for CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh & Friends, premiering June 23rd.:

Joe Walsh will join forces with Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes for a new episode of CMT Crossroads premiering June 23 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh and Friends will also feature collaborations with the legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist on solo hits such as “Life’s Been Good” and Eagles classics including “Life in the Fast Lane.”

Walsh came to national prominence in the late ’60s as a member of the James Gang with hits such as “Funk #49.” In the early ’70s, he embarked on a solo career that included “Rocky Mountain Way” and other hits before joining the Eagles with their 1976 album, Hotel California. As an Eagles member, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He’s now touring to support the June 5 release of Analog Man, his first solo album in 20 years.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be onboard for a CMT Crossroads episode,” Walsh said. “I’ve handpicked some old friends and some new friends, and we’re going to make sure it’s a special evening. Nothing beats country music with a little rock ‘n’ roll sprinkled on top. We’re going to mix up a batch and see what happens. I got a real good feeling about it. Nashville, here we come!”


Tagged in CMT, Special Appearances, Television



Chesney and McGraw to Play Superdome in New Orleans

posted May 28th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw have added another stadium to their Brothers of the Sun Tour: the Superdome in New Orleans:

Country stars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will bring their co-headlining Brothers of the Sun Tour to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Aug. 3. Tickets go on sale June 9.

The New Orleans date was not included in the tour’s original itinerary. As of Monday morning, it was not yet listed on Chesney’s web site, or on the Ticketmaster site.

The show was announced on video screens Sunday during the second night of the Bayou Country Superfest at LSU’s Tiger Stadium. McGraw and Chesney headlined the 2011 Bayou Country Superfest; Chesney also appeared at the inaugural Superfest in 2010.

The unveiling of the Louisiana date for their Brothers of the Sun Tour – a leading candidate to be the highest-grossing tour of the year – was likely delayed so as not to cannibalize ticket sales for this year’s Superfest.



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Kenny Chesney and Costa Sunglasses Expand Partnership

posted May 24th, 2012 at 10:32 am

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by Josh Martn

Music superstar Kenny Chesney announced he’s expanding his partnership with Costa with five new limited edition sunglasses, with a portion of the proceeds continuing to benefit Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). The partnership, which debuted in 2011 on Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” concert tour, has raised more than $50,000 for CCA to date.

The five new Kenny Chesney Costa styles include Hammerhead, Caballito, Switchfoot, Hammock and Maya, and will retail from $129 to $199. Each style will feature Kenny Chesney’s signature and his palm tree logo inside the frame, and will come in a variety of unique color combinations, including tortoise/light green, black/white and clear/light blue.

The sunglasses will be available for purchase at authorized Costa retail outlets and online at www.costadelmar.com/kenny in late May.

Five percent of the sales from this year’s limited edition sunglasses will benefit CCA’s ongoing marine conservation efforts. In addition to CCA’s long history of advocating for the conservation of coastal marine resources, the grassroots organization has helped fund habitat restoration initiatives throughout the Gulf of Mexico and south Atlantic, including a $500,000 project for Independence Island in Louisiana. The group also secured more than $400,000 in Texas reefing projects, reef creation in Alabama’s Bon Secour Bay, and oyster restoration efforts in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Maryland.

“The partnership with Costa Sunglasses and the Coastal Conservation Association is a natural extension of who I am and what I believe in,” said Chesney. “We live the coastal lifestyle – it’s part of who we are. It’s up to us to help protect and preserve the oceans and beaches for future generations.”

“Support from a superstar like Kenny Chesney and a visionary corporation like Costa does so much to focus attention on important ocean conservation issues,” said Pat Murray, president of CCA. “The funds raised through the Limited Edition Kenny Chesney Costa Sunglasses will go to help programs such as marine habitat creation and youth outreach, ensuring a brighter future for our shared marine resources.”

Costa also announced its title sponsorship of Chesney’s online radio station, No Shoes Radio (www.noshoesradio.com). The free station offers listeners a glimpse into Chesney’s personal music playlist, with songs from artists ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to George Jones to Police. No Shoes Radio will broadcast live from various Costa retail outlets throughout Chesney’s “Brothers of the Sun” summer concert tour with musical artist Tim McGraw.

“We’re excited to continue our relationship with Kenny in 2012. I think his fans will love the new styles and new colors we’ve created for this year’s line,” said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa Sunglasses. “Not only will fans love how they look, they’ll also love how they feel, because by buying Kenny Costas they are helping to protect the coast lines we all love so much.”
Chesney kicks off his Brothers of the Sun tour 2012 presented by Corona Light in Tampa, Fla. on Sat., June 2. For more information, visit www.kennychesney.com.




Tagged in Business, Merchandise, No Shoes Radio



Kenny on the Cover of Men’s Health

posted May 17th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

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by Josh Martn

The June issue of Men’s Health features Kenny Chesney on the cover. In the accompanying article, he discusses how he keeps himself in shape.

Chesney’s goal isn’t muscle. “I don’t go in here and try to bench-press 200 pounds,” says the cover boy of the June issue of Men’s Health, his first major men’s magazine cover.

But he can do 300 pushups in 10 minutes.

He says he just wants to maintain energy for his two-hour concerts in summer humidity. “You think you’re sprinting on this treadmill,” he says. “When I’m up there it’s like I’m at a constant sprint at a 15 level. But the thing you have onstage that you don’t have in the gym is adrenaline.”

Chesney’s trainer, Daniel Meng of MUV Fitness Coaching in Nashville, has worked with the singer for more than a decade. Meng says their training plan starts in January with total-body conditioning and ramps up as they get closer to tour time, when Meng tacks on 15 minutes of high-intensity interval training to the end of a 45-minute strength-training session.

“It’s a very intense workout routine usually reserved for athletes,” Meng says, “but Kenny has a certain standard he holds himself to when putting on a show, and it’s my job to get him there.”

Chesney also closely monitors his diet, he tells Men’s Health.

“Growing up in East Tennessee, everything you do revolves around food,” he says. He doesn’t eat many dairy products, hasn’t touched salt in 10 years, hasn’t had bread “in a while.” He watches what he eats during the week, but allows Sunday to be a cheat day.

He adds, “I’ve never abused my body with drugs. I’ve never smoked. But I will say that I’ve probably been overserved a lot. You can’t spend 19 years on the road and not have a few drinks.”

Read the full article here.

Chesney was also featured in Men’s Health last year.

(hat tip Judi)


Tagged in In The News, Interviews, Personal



Music Video Coming for New “Come Over” Single

posted May 16th, 2012 at 10:08 am

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney released his latest single “Come Over” earlier this week and the music video will be released soon too:

The song’s video was directed by Kenny’s longtime collaborator and friend Shaun Silva. They filmed it off the coast of Florida and while the “Come Over” video hasn’t been released yet, Shaun shared a few details about their latest collaboration.

“’Come Over’ is the most intimate journey I’ve captured of Kenny in the 10 years we’ve been making music videos together,” Shaun said. “It’s clear within the first five seconds of this video that Kenny is committed to his character in the video and was more than willing to open up to the vulnerabilities associated with this tortured love story. The music video was finished in black-and-white, delivering a strikingly timeless and cinematic result.”

(hat tip Rosi)


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