Kenny Joins Grace Potter in Vermont

posted September 15th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney made a surprise appearance at Grace Potter’s show in Vermont on Saturday night.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals closed out the first night of the Grand Point North music festival in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday night, with a little help from their friends. Joined on stage by members of Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Joshua Panda & The Hot Damned, and The Felice Brothers, frontwoman Grace Potter led the audience in a modified cover of Eric Clapton’s hit, “Cocaine,” singing, “You do what you want when you live in Vermont, cocaine.”

But the night’s real surprise came a few songs earlier, when country superstar Kenny Chesney joined Potter on stage to perform their 2011 chart-topping duet, “You And Tequila.” Dressed down in a trucker hat and hoodie, Chesney stuck around for a moving take on Bruce Springsteen’s, “I’m On Fire.”

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Chesney Tops Billboard Touring Charts

posted September 11th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

by Josh Martn

While Kenny Chesney takes a little time before starting the follow-up to his 7th Billboard all-genre Top 200 Albums debut Life On A Rock, his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour continues making news. Having topped the Boxscores for the first three weeks of August, his August 23-24 shows at Foxboro, MA’s Gillette stadium turned out to be the highest grossing shows in the world – besting Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, EarlWolf featuring Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt at Paris’ Stade de France August 22.

“It’s hard to think in those terms,” Chesney says. “You know, I can only talk about the passion of my fans… and the way they come out there every year, and they sing so loud, they cheer so hard and they inspire me and the guys in ways they don’t even know! But the idea our 10th and 11th shows at Gillette Stadium were the biggest shows in the world? Well, that’s a tribute to the No Shoes Nation as much as anything.”

Gillette Stadium was where the No Shoes Nation was christened in 2012. To mark the event, the Kraft family, who own Patriots, have hung a banner that replicates the Super Bowl flags, from one of the top sections near the end zone that can be seen from the stage.

“Over the years, people have done some incredible things for me… Working out with the different teams, amazing gifts, donations to my charities, but I’ve never had anyone do anything like the Super Bowl banner marking the birthplace of the No Shoes Nation. And Robert Kraft tells me it’s not coming down, either.”

The No Shoes Nation has been out in full force this year. With only 42 shows on the books, albeit 19 stadiums, the NSN Tour hit its million ticket mark in May – less than two months after kicking off at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium – and has played to over 1.25 million fans this summer alone. To that end, Chesney topped Billboard’s cumulative Box Score for the first three weeks of August with three stadium and three amphitheater shows in Atlanta, E. Rutherford, N.J., Detroit and Charlotte, NC, Toronto and Bangor, Maine
and again Sept. 6th for his final three shows of the tour in Canandaigua, N.Y. and Boston.

“You don’t think about the numbers, you think about the faces… the smiles… the cheers… I think about all the kids I’ve given a guitar and a football helmet to every night…,” Chesney says. “To me, that’s what these summers, these tours are all about: the fans, and how they mark our life out here.”

The way faces and places mark your life has been a touchstone of Chesney’s music. So much so that a special live version of “When I See This Bar,” sung with Eric Church on the final night in Boston, has been sent to country radio. “If there’s anyone who understands what this song is about, it’s Eric! He’s spent his share of time in bars, and he knows the way those people, those friends, those moments make all of us who we are, and it was a pleasure to sing a song that special to me with an artist I respect as much as I do Eric.

“It was a great summer having Kacey Musgraves, the Eli Young guys and Eric out there with us. To see people so passionate about music, well, that’s what it’s all about.”

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Watch Kenny on CBS Sunday Morning This Weekend

posted September 6th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

by Josh Martn

Update – This special has been rescheduled for October 6th

Be sure to tune into CBS Sunday Morning this weekend for a profile of Kenny Chesney. CBS followed Kenny around at his final show at Gillette, as well as during a visit to the Boston Medical Center to meet with marathon bombing victims.

“I knew when they decided to come back, they weren’t looking for a ride on the gator or a chance to see how fast it was,” Chesney says of his second appearance on the award-winning Sunday morning news magazine. “I’ve grown a lot as an artist, as a person – and I think that was something that maybe intrigued them. A lot of soul searching goes into what we do, and I think that interested them as much as anything.”

In addition to capturing the final weekend of the No Shoes Nation Tour – marking his 10th and 11th sell-outs of Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA – the crew joined the songwriter/artist on an emotional tour of Boston Medical Center, which partners with him for the Spread the Love Fund. After visiting the Emergency Unit, Chesney also had the opportunity to meet with several of the Fund’s beneficiaries, to hear their stories, share their courage and, especially, their optimism.

“Watching what happened on tv, which the entire nation did, really threw me,” Chesney says. “But to see these amazing people who’re putting their lives back together, to hear their stories and see the way they approach getting their lives back… I was, well, moved beyond words.”

Chesney, normally reticent about this kind of media, allowed “Sunday Morning” to join him on the visit. Beyond capturing the annual yearbook distribution, a tradition started in 2002, the news crew captured the way it feels when Chesney hits the stage from as close as anyone has ever been to the man The Wall Street Journal deemed, “King of the Road.”

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