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Wow, 2013, you were quite a year! And to celebrate the new music and the new (and old) friends we saw again on tour, we’re spending the last day of 2013 looking back at the highlights of the past year with non-stop rebroadcasts of the NSR World Premiere of “Life On A Rock” *AND* the No Shoes Nation Tour Review Special. It all starts at 12 midnight ET, and we’ll throw in a few other special moments from 2013 along the way.
Thanks to all of you for checking in at ChesneyWorld throughout 2013. We look forward to bringing you the most up-to-date Kenny Chesney news again in 2014!
As we near Christmas, CMT dishes on Kenny Chesney and his favorite holiday song:
It makes total sense that the East Tennessee native loves the song [Christmas in Dixie] so much. It’s the perfect illustration of the environment that molded and shaped him, set against the backdrop of the most festive and nostalgic time of year.
“Growing up in the South, I can just remember hearing that a lot,” Chesney said. “I mean every Christmas, you heard Alabama. You heard Randy Owen singing ‘Christmas in Dixie.’ It’s just one of those songs that my hometown radio station played every year. I always remember loving that song.”
Once he got into the music business, Chesney became friends with Owen and his Alabama bandmates. In fact, Owen provided guest vocals when Chesney recorded a version of “Christmas in Dixie” for his 2003 album, All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan.
“They just mean so much to me,” Chesney said. “And to have Randy come in and lend his voice to one of my records was just an awesome feeling — something I will be able to have forever. It’s pretty cool.”
The music video for Kenny Chesney’s “Spread The Love” debuts today at RollingStone.com.
Click here to watch the video
More info from CountryMusicRocks
Shot during a break on Chesney’s 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour, “Spread the Love” is the antithesis of 19 NFL stadiums and 1.25 million fans. Instead of the centrifugal force of Chesney’s road life, the clip documents Chesney with Barrett, Alvin “Secco” Patterson and the rest of the Wailers Band, as well as capturing Hope House, Tuff Gong Studios and the myriad faces and places on the island.
“It was important to me to seek the heart of what those men represent,” Chesney says of the clip. “The tremendous love in the Wailers’ music, and hope against often unthinkable odds. In spite of the hardships, Bob Marley was always about hope… and love… and that is what makes this music endure. If this video can give people a glimpse of where it comes from, the things that is made of, then I think we’ve deepened what ‘Spread the Love’ is about, and reminded people of the amazing men who created these songs.”
You can support the Spread The Love Fund here.
Blue Chair Bay Rum hasn’t even been on shelves for a full year yet, but it’s looking like it’s already a success for Kenny Chesney.
The Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle has an article on LiDestri Foods, the company that bottles the rum (it’s first distilled in Barbados): “Kenny Chesney’s rum a business hit for LeDestri”
“Everybody was completely knocked out by what happened,” said Fishbowl Spirits CEO Mark Montgomery. “Our original forecast for the first 12 months was 25,000 cases. We did that in seven weeks. Today it appears we are are one of the fastest-growing new spirits launches by a new company in the history of liquor. Most people have a demand problem, we have a struggle against the supply problem. We just now in November have gotten ahead of the demand and have enough supply to carry us through the holidays. It’s been an amazing thing to watch.”
“Obviously, they were double or almost triple what they initially told us they would be,” said LiDestri Spirits general manager Joe Ferrigno. “For a brand new brand, that’s spectacular. Especially for an independent like that.”
In an email, Chesney said that Blue Chair Bay started as an effort “to create the rum I truly wanted to drink.”
“If you know about my music and touring, I’m personally invested in every note that’s played, every bit of video on the screens, all the details about sound and lights, staging and any part of the experience I can have my hands on, because I want the fans to have the best possible experience at our shows,” Chesney said. “They know when they come out to party with us, they’re going to have the best night of the summer.
“So given that, rather than taking a deal and having my name on something, I’d rather create a rum I’d like to drink, be proud of serving people and hopefully, be something that can be special. So far, we’ve been awarded gold medals at a couple big competitions, so the work appears to be paying off. And to me, when I know we’re having to double production because people can’t keep it in stock, the people agree.”
Read the full article here.
George Strait will play his final tour in 2014, and Kenny Chesney is one of the many top stars that will join him at his final show in Dallas on June 7th.
The closing show of George’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour—his last as a touring artist—will take place June 7, 2014, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, otherwise known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Joining George to sing three songs each will be an incredible lineup of guests including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.
Opening the show will be George’s friends, beloved Texas swing group Asleep at the Wheel.
Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public Friday, Dec. 6, and can be purchased through George’s website.
Strait hinted back in May that Chesney would join him next year.
“Kenny and I have been friends for a long time; we worked together in the stadium days, and other times, too. Don’t be surprised if you see him out next year with us somewhere. We’ve got some big plans.”
CBS Sunday Morning finally aired their Kenny Chesney / Boston special this morning. If you missed it, no online video is available yet but an accompanying story is available at cbsnews.com:
Dahler caught up with Chesney at the last stop on his five-month long tour: Gillette Stadium in the Boston suburb of Foxboro, Mass., not a place that typically comes to mind when you think of country music.
“This is a very passionate town,” Chesney said. “They’re passionate about sports. They’re passionate about life. They’re passionate about music and food. And they work really hard. And those are all the things that I grew up on.”
But Chesney’s connection with his Boston area fans stretches far beyond the parking lot of his sold-out shows. He was in Florida, on a day off from touring, when news of the Boston Marathon bombing broke.
“When I saw this happen, and I saw this arrogant look on these kids’ faces . . . it pissed me off,” he said, “and I thought about the relationship through music that I’ve had with all the people that have come to play over the years, that’s what led me to do something.”
Read the full article here.
If you’d like to help support the Spread the Love fund, visit spreadthelove.kennychesney.com
Is the third time the charm? CBS says they’ll air the Kenny Chesney “Sunday Morning” profile this Sunday (Nov. 3):
The special segment followed Chesney as he wrapped up his 2013 “No Shoes Nation Tour” and took the trip to the Boston Medical Center to capture the moment when Chesney came face to face with the people his Spread the Love Fund was directly affecting. The fund supports ongoing care for amputee victims from the Boston Marathon bombing.
Chesney said “Watching what happened on tv, as the entire nation did, really threw me” adding “But meeting these amazing people who’re putting their lives together, hearing their stories and seeing how they approach getting their lives back… I was moved beyond words.”
The upcoming special is the second time Chesney has been featured on “Sunday Morning.” Chesney said “I knew when they decided to come back, they weren’t looking for a ride on the gator.”
Chesney added “I’ve grown a lot as an artist, as a person since that first one – and I think that maybe intrigued them. A lot of soul searching goes into what we do, and what we’re doing in Boston in terms of the city, the fans and the Fund, especially.”