Just in time for the debut of the first song from the album, Kenny Chesney has released the name of the record: ‘Life On A Rock’.
With “Pirate Flag” beaming out at the stroke of midnight, Kenny Chesney figured the time was right to release the title of his much anticipated April 30 Blue Chair/Columbia release. ‘Life On A Rock,’ co-produced with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, captures the thematic core of the 10 song set that’s been recorded and mixed in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Jamaica, Key West, London and Nashville, Tennessee.
“It all depends on what kind of rock you’re looking at,” Chesney says of the title. “Just living here on this planet, we’re all living life on a rock; but for me, and for this record, it’s about the way life is when you live on an island. Everywhere you go, there’s everyone you know; you know everything about them, and they know everything about you… and well, that’s just a whole other way to be.
“And coming from Luttrell, Tennessee, I can tell you, ‘life on a rock’ isn’t all that different from life in a real small town. It’s slower, it’s easier, it’s more invested and it’s also more about really enjoying the moments as they are, when they are.”
While the driving “Pirate Flag,” an anthem of rebelling against the day-in, day-out, has already been singled out by USA Today as their Song of the Week atop their Grammy-based Listen Up! column, Life On A Rock is a varied platter of music, ranging from introspective ballads to staccato shuffles, a duet with Willie Nelson and a bit of reggae. It also celebrates a way of life most people live without ever realizing.
“At the end of the day, what defines life for most people, certainly for me, are the people you share it with,” Chesney explains. “When you live in close proximity, you share the highs and lows of every day life and become close in ways you can’t even explain. Years go by… People move on… But that time, those friends remain with you no matter where you go. That’s where the treasures of being alive are found.
“When I first went to the islands, I met a lot of people who were making a life beyond anything any of them knew… They were boatmen, bartenders, waitresses, real estate folks. They were all loving life, living a dream and coloring outside the lines with this real sense of freedom; they took a country singer from East Tennessee into their tribe at a time when having friends outside everything I knew was important. Time passes, life moves on, but those friends lasted, and this album in a lot of ways is about the power of that kind of friendship to endure.”
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified more gold and platinum for Kenny Chesney’s trophy case.
The album Greatest Hits ll has gone Platinum and the singles “The Good Stuff,” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” have both gone Gold.
“You hope when you record a song, it’s something the fans can live inside,” said Chesney. “I’ve always tried to pick songs that felt true to who I am, how I’ve lived, or the people around me, and I think that since where I come from isn’t so different from anywhere else, it’s a safe bet other people have lived this stuff, too.”
Kenny Chesney will headline the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic Concert Series that coincides with the golf tournament:
The Greenbrier announced Thursday that Chesney will perform on July 4 at the State Fair of West Virginia’s amphitheater in Fairlea the same day the tournament begins at the resort in White Sulphur Springs.
Other concert acts have yet to be announced.
The price of weekly tournament badges includes admission to the concerts. Weekly badges start at $169.
Last year’s acts included Toby Keith, Rod Stewart, Lionel Ritchie, The Fray and Bon Jovi.
Somewhere on the Water: Maybe it’s the time of the year, the sluggish economy, the boring job or the brutal cold, but sometimes, as members of the No Shoes Nation know, you just have to let your freak flag fly. No one understands better than Kenny Chesney that need to jettison the mundane and push back against the inertia of life
And so now in the dead of winter, the 4-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year rolls out an anthem of everyday insurrection and rebellion on one’s own terms. With “Pirate Flag,” written by David Lee Murphy (“Livin’ In Fast Forward,” “Dust on the Bottle”) and new-to-town Ross Cooperman, Chesney offers an anthem for everyman that says, “Where I am may be great, but don’t think I’ll ever surrender to the 9-to-5.”
“No matter where you are, no matter how you live,” says Chesney, “there is that part of you that yearns to be free, to say, ‘What the hell…’ and just do what you want to do! That’s what this song is all about. The freedom and the idea that you can just say, “Enough,’ even if it’s only in your mind, while you’re watching your boss’s mouth move and are dreaming of whatever gets you off.
“That’s the beauty of this song: You can fly your pirate flag in your head, tack it up behind your computer at work, tattoo it under your skin – and no one has to know. Except you and your friends, the people who really matter!”
The song, which will ship digitally to radio Jan 30, is a thrusting piece of power country that brings tempo to a boil without ever missing a beat. Emblematic of the songwriter/artist’s own will to sail his own course and to rock country his way, “Pirate Flag” also serves as a wake-up call for adventures to come.
“Even me and the band can’t just run off and pitch a tent on some island, as much as we love doing it,” admits the man whose sold last ten tours have done in excess of a million tickets. “I think that’s why when we hit the stage, we hit it so hard – and the fans, those people from the No Shoes Nation, throw it back at us even harder. Because for us, that mutiny against real life happens in the music, happens at the shows, happens when all get together.”
Circuit of The Americas announced today that it will open its new, world-class Tower Amphitheater with a performance by country music superstar Kenny Chesney on Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m. CT. The popular performer will bring his “No Shoes Nation” Tour, which begins this March and includes stops in 46 cities in the United States and Canada, to Austin to kick off the Tower Amphitheater’s highly anticipated spring 2013 grand opening.
“We’re thrilled to open our new Tower Amphitheater, which will be the largest outdoor entertainment venue in Central Texas, with the No. 1 ticket seller in country music today,” Circuit President Steve Sexton said. “Kenny Chesney is a remarkable and engaging performer, a true fan favorite and one of the elite touring artists in the world. The Tower Amphitheater will showcase the biggest names in music, and for our very first show, it doesn’t get much bigger than Kenny Chesney.”
The Tower Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas has the capacity to host up to 15,000 guests and is expected to feature more than 15 shows during its inaugural season. Situated at the base of the Circuit’s signature, 22-story observation tower, the Tower Amphitheater offers the largest permanent stage in Austin, Texas, a city known internationally as the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
Tower Amphitheater Features
Total capacity for up to 15,000 people
Fixed seating for 5,240 people
Floor seating for 1,500 people or general admission floor shows for 2,300 guests
18 premium loge boxes (12 with four seats per box and six with six seats per box)
VIP seating and hospitality areas
Large lawn space behind reserved seating areas
Standing room square footage of 60,492 square feet
Multiple areas for concessions on both sides of the stage and throughout the Grand Plaza
Two main entrances to fixed seating area
Tickets for Kenny Chesney’s April 5 “No Shoes Nation” tour stop at the Tower Amphitheater go on sale Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 10 a.m. CT and are available through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800.745.3000.
General admission/lawn tickets are priced at $45 per person. Reserved seats in the upper and lower bowls of the amphitheater are $85 per person. Floor seating runs $85 per person, and there are a limited number of premium floor seats priced at $150 per guest.
On-site parking can be purchased in advance and costs $25 for premium, up-close parking or $12 for standard parking. Standard parking can also be purchased on the evening of the show for $15. Guests are encouraged to purchase parking in advance to ensure discounted prices and the closet parking to the venue’s main gates.
Circuit of The Americas’ parking lots open three hours before show time at 5 p.m. CT. Main gates to the Grand Plaza area open at 6 p.m. for pre-concert festivities, and amphitheater seating opens at 7 p.m., one hour before the opening act takes the stage.
For additional information about the Tower Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas, including upcoming events, ticketing information, VIP seating packages, venue and parking details, maps/directions and customer service information, visit www.TowerAmphitheater.com.