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Chesney’s Upcoming Album Titled ‘The Big Revival’

posted June 30th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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by Josh Martn

After dropping the music video this morning for “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney is giving us the name for his new album too: The Big Revival.

The album release date has been moved up a week. It was tweeted out as 9/30 by Chesney in May, albeit cryptically (but what else could that date have meant?), but is now scheduled for a September 23rd release.

Kenny Chesney made the decision to take the summer of 2014 off from his massive stadium tours to make sure he got the music for his 15th studio album right. With “American Kids” hitting country radio with 117 stations on add date – and landing at #20 on Billboard and #24 on Mediabase after just two days of airplay – and topping iTunes Country Chart since the digital release, the Luttrell, Tennesseean has come to play. Hard.

“The whole point of taking the time to get to a really creative place was to have the room to look at not what we’d done, but where we wanted to go,” Chesney says. “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”

That record – The Big Revival – arrives September 23. Produced by Chesney and Buddy Cannon, fresh from Willie Nelson’s #1 Band of Brothers, The Big Revival goes deep. With guest appearances from Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Grace Potter, the 11 song album moves from the double-hooked, triple rhythmed “American Kids” to thumping rockers, a few personal ballads and even the amped up title track.

“I think in anyone’s life, there are times when you just need to shake things up, really push yourself and find the thrill of what you do again,” Chesney says. “I went to dirt floor church revivals with my grandma as a little kid, and that power is electric. Scared me to death, but it shows you what it means to be alive. I think bringing that sort of passion to how you live your life is everything – and it’s so easy to lose touch with.”

Working with a new team of mixers, the sound of the new project is both more aggressive where it should be and more expansive with the acoustic instruments. Having brought Grace Potter, Dave Matthews, Uncle Kracker and the Wailers to the top of the country charts, the 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year is once again pushing the boundaries of what country can be while also celebrating how people between the coasts get their living done.

“There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” Chesney laughs. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind’em how hardcore they really are, show’em that and also show’em that you know there’s more to’em than people might think.”



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Watch the “American Kids” Music Video

posted June 30th, 2014 at 8:04 am

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by Josh Martn

The music video for Kenny Chesney’s new single “American Kids” is out this morning and you can watch it below.

Directed by Shaun Silva and shot in and around Southern California, “American Kids” features an eclectic group of young men and women, making music, feeling wholly alive and savoring the adventure in a crazy painted school bus. The bus, painted specifically for the clip, is meant to represent getting beyond what you know and coloring outside the lines.

Download the single now at iTunes.




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“American Kids” Video to Debut Monday

posted June 26th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

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by Josh Martn

The music video for Kenny Chesney’s new single “American Kids” will debut Monday, according to gotcountryonline.com.

Look for the Shaun Silva-directed clip to premiere online at VEVO, for broadcast on CMT: Country Music Television and GAC: Great American Country on June 30. Look for a sneak-peek, behind-the-scenes on www.etonline.com

Shot in and around Southern California, “American Kids” features an eclectic group of young men and women, making music, feeling wholly alive and savoring the adventure in a crazy painted school bus. The bus, painted specifically for the clip, is meant to represent getting beyond what you know and coloring outside the lines.

You can listen to the song now below and download at iTunes.




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“American Kids” Most-Added New Song

posted June 24th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

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by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney knew he had something special when he heard “American Kids,” but he didn’t think he’d hit the kind of nerve the decidedly icon-invoking tribute to being young and alive in the U.S. has struck. Hitting radio Friday, June 20 at 6 a.m. and iTunes at 7 p.m., the first single from Chesney’s eagerly anticipated fall release debuted at #27 on Billboard and #31 on Country Aircheck/Mediabase. With little more than two days play, it topped iTunes Country Songs chart and hit the all-genre Top 10 over the weekend.

“I knew it was one of the freshest things in a long time when I heard it,” says the songwriter from Luttrell, Tennessee. “And then I heard it on the radio, and I couldn’t believe how great it sounded! ‘American Kids’ sounded as freewheeling and free-spirited as the folks I’m singing about… and no matter how old you are, I promise, unless you were one of those kids who just didn’t like fun, you know just how alive this feels.”

Bowing on NoShoesRadio.com at 6 a.m., mainstream radio took up the single – and by chart close Monday, 116 stations added the song. But beyond (un)conventional media, the song is making its way virally. Myriad covers are hitting the internet, including Angie Keilhauer, whose driving, smoky rendition caught Chesney’s eye. “It’s crazy what’s going on with it,” Chesney laughs. “People feel just like I do about this song. They love how it makes them feel, where it takes them in their life. You don’t need a big party to have fun, it’s right where you are and how you take it.

With a chorus that contains the salvo: “a little messed up, but we’re all alright,” the Shane McAnally/Luke Laird/Rodney Clawson song mines three rhythms, two works and so many iconics you can’t count’ em. But what can be measured is the smile-induction factor. For Chesney, who’s been creating trends rather than following them since his breakthrough No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems and When the Sun Goes Down, he was seeking something that was fun but didn’t sacrifice innovative songs or unique approach that have seen him teaming with Dave Matthews, Uncle Kracker, the Wailers and Grace Potter on a series of outside the lines #1s.

“I never want to repeat myself,” laughs the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” about his upcoming project. “When you’ve had the kind of songs I’ve been able to find, it gets harder every time. But I believe creativity is something you create – with time, passion and talented friends! I hate not playing to the fans this summer, but the response to ‘American Kids’ tells me it was the right thing.”

“American Kids” celebrates how people live, capturing the details, realities and euphoria that defines being wildly alive.

Get “American Kids” now at iTunes.


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Listen to New Single “American Kids” Now

posted June 20th, 2014 at 9:46 am

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by Josh Martn

news_americankidsKenny Chesney’s new single is out!

Get it at iTunes right now

“American Kids” can be heard in full below, or catch it on No Shoes Radio each hour all day long.

“When I heard it, I knew I was gonna cut it,” Chesney says in a press release. “It was unlike anything I’d ever heard –- and I listen to a lot of songs. The rhythms, the images, the way the melody moved… It just grabs you and holds on, but even more importantly, it feels really good.”

“Hey, life is hard,” Chesney reflects. “People work long hours, have all kinds of stuff going on in their personal lives. But if there’s one thing I’ve seen over the last 10 years, looking out at the faces in the crowd: you can’t keep my fans down. These are people who no matter what are in love with life, and they’re gonna find the good times no matter what.”

How do you like it?




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Kenny Gives Details on New Single “American Kids”

posted June 10th, 2014 at 11:25 am

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by Josh Martn

Last week Kenny Chesney previewed the first single off of his upcoming album, and over at The Boot he gives some more details on the song:

Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, the multi-tempo song celebrates the spirit of America’s young people.

“When I heard it, I knew I was gonna cut it,” Chesney says in a press release. “It was unlike anything I’d ever heard –- and I listen to a lot of songs. The rhythms, the images, the way the melody moved… It just grabs you and holds on, but even more importantly, it feels really good.”

The superstar first heard the song on a writing trip with McAnally, who wrote his previous hits ‘Come Over’ and ‘Somewhere With You.’ The infectious tune contains the line, “A little messed up, but we’re alright.”

“Hey, life is hard,” Chesney reflects. “People work long hours, have all kinds of stuff going on in their personal lives. But if there’s one thing I’ve seen over the last 10 years, looking out at the faces in the crowd: you can’t keep my fans down. These are people who no matter what are in love with life, and they’re gonna find the good times no matter what.”

He adds, “It’s not a perfect world. We are all a little screwed up, but we’re all okay. I love the idea of the screw up as part of it, because honestly it makes the parts that’re great, that much better. You appreciate those things that much more.”

“American Kids” will be released to country radio on June 20th.


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Chesney Helps George Strait Ride Away

posted June 8th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

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by Josh Martn

On Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, George Strait ended his final tour of his career in front of over 100,000 fans at AT&T Stadium. Kenny Chesney was one of the many big names that joined Strait on stage during the show.

The 104,793 people in attendance made history — the event marked a new record for largest indoor concert in North America, easily zapping the earlier high mark of around 87,500, set in 1981 by the Rolling Stones at the Louisiana Superdome. Coincidentally, 1981 is when Strait launched his career with the single “Unwound” and the album Strait Country.

At 10:40 p.m. Saturday, after 41 songs, nine superstar guest appearances (plus a couple of numbers with his son, songwriter-performer George Jr., known as Bubba) and hundreds of thousands of beers and sodas in George Strait souvenir cups consumed, the 62-year-old cowboy did indeed amble away — not riding, exactly, but no doubt buoyed by the crowd’s earsplitting cheers and what seemed like a never-ending standing (and jumping) ovation (many fans stood for the entire show).

Chesney joined Strait late in the show for “Ocean Front Property” and “The Fireman.”

Others that joined Strait on stage included Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, and Miranda Lambert.

Read more about the epic show here and here.

(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)


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