USA Today has a random bit of Kenny Chesney information for ya: his favorite app.
No surprise a musician like country star Kenny Chesney would consider the near-magical music-identifying app Shazam as his favorite.
“It still blows my mind how they do this,” Chesney says with a laugh. “If you’re in a car and you hear a song on the radio, you can hit a button on the phone and scan the song and it will come back and tell you the name, the artist, what record it’s on. I’ve got it on my iPad and my phone.”
Shazam is kind of an ancient app (2002), from the pre-Apple App Store days. It works through a mobile device’s microphone to take a song sample and create an acoustic fingerprint that it compares to its huge database of musical fingerprints, now topping 11 million songs. If it finds a match, it will tell you who sang that catchy tune you just heard on your car radio.
At Kenny Chesney’s shows last weekend in Uncasville, Connecticut, he met with some families of Newtown victims. Country 92.5 has the details:
Kenny Chesney got a call one night from pal Anderson Cooper telling him about one of the Newtown shooting victims, a little girl who LOVED Kenny and his music. Anderson had just interviewed her parents and they told him that before they lowered her white casket into the ground, they took a black Sharpie marker and wrote on it, “Kenny Chesney, No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems”.
Anderson asked Kenny if he could call the parents and talk to them. Kenny did one better. He called and talked to them but also invited them, along with several other families, to his Mohegan Sun shows.
The families gave Chesney a Sandy Hook Strong bracelet. See it here.
Watch Kenny perform “Amazing Grace” for the victims, recorded back in January.
Kenny Chesney has released more information on his new rum line, including when it’ll be in stores (May).
When Kenny Chesney decided it was time to find the rum he’d always wanted to drink, he didn’t approach the various distillers who’d offered him lucrative deals to lend his name and likeness to a brand created for him. No, the man who oversees every aspect of giant stadium productions and listens to myriad songs beyond what he writes for his albums, decided he wanted to do it himself.
“Everybody’s always expected this from me,” says the man from Luttrell, Tennessee. “There have been people who’ve approached us, stories that have gone around over the years. But rum is what I drink, and I always told myself: if I was going to dothis, I wanted to create something I could be really proud of! Not just take a check and a piece of a company, but make the rum I truly wanted to drink.”
When a team of unique individuals collected around the singer, the 4-time Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year decided it was worth looking into. Next thing he knew, he was in Barbados with master blender Mike Booth at one of the Caribbean’s oldest rum distilleries tasting various notes and striving to create a rum that stood out.
It was not an overnight process, but they kept tasting and tweaking. Before they were done, Chesney had not only a Coconut flavored rum, but a Coconut Spiced and a premium White Rum that’s already received an impressive score of 90 from the prestigious Ultimate Spirits Challenge, unheard of for a pre-launch spirit.
“Anyone who knows me knows I’ve drunk a lot of rum in a lot of places,” Chesney muses. “And the more you drink, the more you know what you wish you could have. I finally decided there was no reason not to… I’d met some incredible business people who think outside the box like I always have; they also believe in realizing impossible dreams. All I had to do was decide once we started tasting what that flavor that truly felt like the end of the day in the islands was…”
Though Blue Chair Bay Rum won’t be available until May, a few select people in the beverage industry – and some key people along the road – will be among the first to sample what has been Chesney’s (unspoken) focus for the last year. “You know me, when I get my heart set on doing something, I will give it my complete attention. I didn’t know I was building a company or making a rum until I was waist deep, but I’m glad we did. I think anyone who enjoys rum is gonna love this.”
Kenny Chesney is continuing his partnership with Costa Del Mar sunglasses this year and has announced five new designs.
Chesney played a large role in the design of several of this year’s sunglass styles, including the on trend metal aviator appropriately named “KC.” Other Kenny Chesney Costa sunglasses in the 2013 collection include the new retro Prop, and a re-introduction of the popular Grand Catalina, Caballito and Hammerhead.
Each of the styles will be available in a variety of bright new frame colors, including the orange-to-red Tequila Sunrise and the brown-to-green Crème de Menthe. They will also feature Chesney’s signature on the inside of the temple arms. Like all Costa sunglasses, the Kenny Chesney collection features rugged performance features like no-slip nose pads, nearly indestructible co-injected nylon frame construction and Costa’s patented color-enhancing 580™ lens technology.
“I took a lot of time to help design the look and feel of this year’s line of sunglasses,” said Chesney. “For something to have my name on it, I take a lot of pride making sure the end product lives up to my high expectations in terms of quality and performance. These Costa sunglasses have my personality showing through – they work hard, but they definitely know how to have a good time, too.”
Five dollars from the sale of each pair of Kenny Chesney Costa sunglasses will be donated to the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to ocean and coastal conservation programs. Since 2010, more than ,000 has already been donated to CCA as a result of the Kenny Chesney and Costa partnership. The CCA has helped fund habitat restoration initiatives throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as reef creation and oyster restoration projects around the Southeast.
Each of the new Kenny Chesney Costa sunglass styles will retail from 9 to 9 and will be available for purchase while supplies last at participating authorized Costa retail partners and online at www.costadelmar.com. A list of Costa retail outlets is available at www.costadelmar.com/shop-instore.
Each pair of Kenny Chesney Limited Edition Costa Sunglasses also comes with a gift package with purchase, including a microfiber lens cleaning cloth, a Kenny Chesney visor, a bottle opener featuring the singer’s palm tree logo and a specialized sunglasses carrying case.
The Academy of Country Music has announced another round of artists that will perform on the awards show and Kenny Chesney is on the list.
He joins Jason Aldean , Eric Church , Tim McGraw , Taylor Swift , Carrie Underwood , Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town, plus previously announced performers Luke Bryan , Kelly Clarkson , Hunter Hayes , Miranda Lambert , Blake Shelton , George Strait and The Band Perry.
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
It’s the official kickoff to another summer as Kenny Chesney plays the first of his No Shoes Nation Tour shows tonight at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
“This is an unsure time,” Chesney, sitting in his backstage “vibe room,” tells a small group of journos on Thursday. “You’re not sure if everything you put together is going to work. … I sit up at night trying to figure out the best way to do what we do.”
Chesney says that this year’s tour will be a little less ballads and more energetic. “I went to see AC/DC and said wouldn’t it be awesome to do a show and not do one ballad,” he laughs. “We’re not there yet, but it’s pretty rocking.”
“In this environment and when we are in the sun, we like to keep it very rocking,” Chesney said. “It’s not the kind of show you come to, buy yourself a drink and sit down and enjoy the music. I’m proud of it – I’m proud of my guys and we are excited to be back here.”
We’ll be collecting set lists again this year for our Shows & Set Lists Archive. So if you attend the show, help us out by emailing the set list to us here.