A lucky few hundred University of Georgia students are in for a treat tonight as Kenny Chesney will play a show at the Georgia Theatre for CMT’s Instant Jam.
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Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Fans can only get inside with a wristband which were given out at the Phi Mu Sorority beginning at noon. The wristbands were quickly given out in lines of two as CMT camera men filmed fan reactions.
The show officially was announced at about 11 a.m. today.
The Kinchafoonee Cowboys were scheduled to appear at the Georgia Theatre tonight, but posted a message on Facebook on Tuesday saying the show had been cancelled.
“The Georgia Theatre cancelled our show this Friday for another big country band,” the message said.
Kenny Chesney was in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday night to attend a private screening of “The Believer,” a documentary co-produced by Kenny about SC football coach Steve Spurrier.
Chesney flew in Friday night for an uber-private screening of a documentary featuring South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier, held at Williams-Brice Stadium with the Spurrier family and very few, lucky guests.
In July, it was reported by Rolling Stone that Chesney had co-produced the documentary titled “The Believer.”
The one hour biopic is all about the legendary head coach, as part of the “SEC Storied” series.
“They spent a lot of time with my family, wife, kids, grandkids and so forth, and a lot of former players. So hopefully it will turn out ok,” Spurrier said at a recent SEC media day event, in true nonchalant Head Ball Coach fashion.
“The Believer” will air (where else) on the SEC Network at 8:00 p.m. EDT on August 27th – the eve of the network’s inaugural live football broadcast (which features Spurrier’s team – the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks – going up against the No. 20/21 Texas A&M Aggies).
Gamecock fans and football fans alike should enjoy the piece, which will include Spurrier’s tenure as a Heisman winning quarterback at Florida University, his brief stint in the NFL and how he made believers out of Gamecock nation.
Kenny Chesney started No Shoes Radio in 2009, inspired in part by the different sounds he’d hear floating across the parking lots at his shows. Five years later, the freeform station that mingles reggae, album rock, singer/songwriters, alternative and live tracks from the man called “the people’s superstar” by The Los Angeles Times, is one of internet radio’s most buzzed about locations – and its reach gets exponentially bigger this weekend as NoShoesRadio.com is added to Clear Channel’s IHeartRadio platform.
“My fans are a lot like me,” Chesney says. “They don’t care what stuff’s called, just whether they like it. And listening to what drifts in from the parking lot, they like rock, they like reggae, they like bluegrass… and obviously, they like being part of the texture of what we do! Whether it’s live tracks with my friends, demos of songs they know or just giving them a listen to a jam on the bus, No Shoes Radio is the nerve center of the No Shoes Nation in terms of music.
“When the people at IHeart said they wanted to help us take it out to even more people,” Chesney continues, “I realized it’s not just my hardcore fans, but a lot of folks who like variety in their music. Things aren’t cut-and-dried. People WANT places they will be surprised – and find music they’ll love. IHeart gets that, so it’s a pleasure to team with them to share what we’ve been doing the past five years.”
Ross on Radio’s Sean Ross named No Shoes Radio one the 10 Most Intriguing Stations of 2009. He wrote in the Chicago-based broadcast industry trade Radio-Info.com, “the reggae and all things tropical format allowed country superstar Kenny Chesney’s channel to share as much with Triple-A as with country radio.”
To celebrate the IHeart launch, Chesney and his team will kick it off live from the shores of Perdido Key as the 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year takes the beach for a very special show at the Flora-Bama Lounge. Deemed the Flora-Bama-Jama, the free concert on the beach is a way to play for the No Shoes Nation as he wraps work on The Big Revival, due Sept 23.
With “American Kids,” the lead single burning up country radio, pairing with IHeart makes it even easier for people to get their Chesney fix on. Whether you’re making the trip to Orange Beach, Florida or not, tuning into No Shoes Radio is even easier than before.
“This is about music,” Chesney says. “Turning people on, firing them up, hitting that place in their lives where it makes a difference. That was a big part of why we started doing this… and it’s nice to see other people recognize what it is we’re trying to do.”
More than 40,000 fans packed the beach behind the Flora-Bama on Saturday evening to see Kenny Chesney’s only show of 2014.
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The Tennessean reviewed the show:
Performing for about 2½ hours, Chesney was as sweaty as his fans within just a couple of songs, giving his all through an eclectic set packed with new songs, old favorites and more.
The leader of the “No Shoes Nation” seemed humbled by his devoted audience, repeatedly showing his love for the tens of thousands in the crowd, as well as the 300 or so boats that anchored just offshore to watch the show, turning the Gulf of Mexico into a makeshift marina.
“I’m so proud to be here,” Chesney enthused from the stage. “Thanks everybody, I love you for this.”
Chesney said the concert was his first with his band in nearly a year, but there was no sign of rust in a performance that, from the stage, Chesney said felt “incredible.”
In addition to songs including “American Kids” from his forthcoming “The Big Revival” album and longtime favorites like “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” Chesney welcomed fellow country singer-songwriter David Lee Murphy to the stage to perform a pair of his hits, “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd.”
And while closing with a signature Chesney favorite, “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” he brought a young girl to the stage and presented her with an autographed acoustic guitar, then proceeded to sign autographs for about 10 minutes while the band played an extended version of the song.
Speaking after the show, Chesney said he really felt an outpouring of love from the audience.
“I knew I wanted to play somewhere,” he said via an email forwarded by his publicist. “I just missed it, and the fans so. Having spent a couple great afternoons at the Flora-Bama, I knew it was everything I love: the ocean, great people, good times, awesome music and plenty of time to spend just enjoying the moment.
“When I hit that stage, and heard the people singing every word of ‘Flora-Bama,’ which we just released last week, back to me, I knew we’d come to the right place. Like me, everyone in the ‘No Shoes Nation’ loves the same things I do, so what better place to kick-off ‘The Big Revival’? They were loud, they were proud — and they rocked me!
“I can’t wait to get back out there next year, and I think those fans were so incredible, this will hold me over until I do.”
Chesney’s publicist, Ebie McFarland with Essential Broadcast Media LLC, said 40,000 was a “conservative estimate” on attendance based on more than 32,000 wristbands distributed plus the fans without wristbands on boats, in the water, stacked up in area condominium balconies and parking garages, and the more than 3,000 fans inside the Flora-Bama itself during the concert.
The stage is set along the Florida-Alabama coast for Kenny Chesney’s Flora-Bama-Jama concert on the beach later today.
“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year … and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture of the people who love this music bring with them,” Chesney said in a statement. “Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun.”
Chesney, whose new single “American Kids” is now on country radio, explained he chose The Flora-Bama as the location for his one and only concert of the year because “to me, a place like The Flora-Bama is all about kicking back, being with your friends and not worrying about a thing. … Just hang out and be easy.”
Along with the release of “Flora-Bama” this morning, you can now see the full track listing for Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival (due out September 23rd).
1. The Big Revival – Dennis Linde
2. Drink It Up – Rodney Clawson/Vicky McGehee/David Lee Murphy
3. Til It’s Gone – Rodney Clawson/David Lee Murphy/Jimmy Yeary
4. American Kids- Rodney Clawson/Shane McAnally/Luke Laird
5. Wild Child (with Grace Potter) – Kenny Chesney/Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne
6. Beer Can Chicken- Kenny Chesney/Ross Copperman/David Lee Murphy
7. Rock Bottom – Craig Wiseman/Matt Dragstrem
8. Don’t It – Brent Cobb/Chase McGill
9. Save It for a Rainy Day – Andrew Dorff/Matt Ramsey/Brad Tursi
10. Flora-Bama – Kenny Chesney/Ross Copperman/David Lee Murphy
11. If This Bus Could Talk – Kenny Chesney/Tom Douglas
Kenny Chesney has released a second song from his upcoming album The Big Revival. This one, “Flora-Bama,” is “a sweeping song about laying back at the seminal bar on the Alabama/Florida state line.”
“It’s a very specific song about a very specific place,” Chesney says, “but it’s also a song for anyone who has somewhere they go to let their mind unwind. It’s about bein’ easy, but bein’ engaged. Because – as I’ve said – places like the Flora-Bama are what life is all about.”
Written with David Lee Murphy (“Livin’ In Fast Forward,” “Dust On The Bottle”), “Flora-Bama” is a fistful of postcards from the sort of lazy afternoon that is no hurry, but feels absolutely alive. Inspired by a real place, the pair sought to capture the perfect suspension between having the time of your life and being so relaxed you don’t really care about what happens, you’re just enjoying the moment.
“I got a call from a good friend who’d been sittin’ in the Flora-Bama all afternoon,” Chesney explains. “He’d just ducked in for a beer, and six hours later, he’d emerged with a bunch of new friends, a great time and the sort of memory you keep going back to. David Lee and I were trying to write, and of course, he’d been there. We got to talkin’ about it, and next thing you know, we were halfway through the song!”
“It’s one of those songs that could almost be the National Anthem for the No Shoes Nation,” Chesney marvels. “The idea of a place where when you unplug, you can kick back, be with your friends and really enjoy the time. I love that the FloraBama is an actual place; but, it’s as much a state of mind… and being. When you listen past the details, the melody really brings that – and you can feel what I’m talking about.”
Pre-order The Big Revival at iTunes now, and get the two released singles above.