Old Dominion Added to 2015 Stadium Shows

posted December 17th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

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Kenny Chesney has added another act to his stadium shows in 2015: Old Dominion.

Old Dominion say that when they began opening for Chase Rice this fall, they had to quickly eliminate any valleys from their up-and down set. Next summer, when they play stadiums as a featured act on Kenny Chesney‘s the Big Revival Tour, the five-piece independent band will need to raise the peaks even higher.

They’re ready for it. The ‘Shut Me Up’ singers have long been simmering as country up-and-comers. 2014 brought some success with airplay on SiriusXM and Spotify. All five men are also accomplished songwriters, so they straddle both sides of the streaming debate.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of people out there, like a lot of people out there that wouldn’t know our music if it wasn’t for Spotify,” singer Matthew Ramsey tells Taste of Country as his bandmates nod in agreement.

“If you listen to these interviews with a lot of big artists, they kind of give in to the fact that yeah, if you need to be discovered it’s a huge tool,” bassist Geoff Sprung adds.

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Chesney Receives Groundbreaker Award at ACC Awards Show

posted December 16th, 2014 at 10:15 am

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At the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards show last night, Kenny Chesney was honored with the Groundbreaker award for his “creative innovation, musical accomplishments and role in expanding the genre.”

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Actor Vince Vaughn presented the award:

“There are a lot of things that you can break in this world. You can break hearts, you can break the law, you can break a leg, and you can even break balls,” Vaughn said from stage. “But in music, maybe the biggest and the best thing you can ever break is ground. Few artists have single-handedly elevated country music to new heights. They are the groundbreakers. They are the artists who will never be forgotten.

“In stadiums and arenas all across America, Kenny’s been a game changer in live music,” he continued. “Tour after tour, album after album, great song after great song, Kenny Chesney continues to thrill country fans and break ground as only he can. See for yourself.”

Kenny performed his latest single “Til It’s Gone” and then accepted the award:

“There’s a lot of people I want to thank tonight, but God gave me an incredible gift, and that gift was, He put a song in my heart,” Chesney said. “And that song has taken me to places that I never dreamed it would, and that gift has allowed me to connect with millions of people over the years in ways that I never thought was possible, really. I really believe that music and song is one of the most powerful things we have in our lives. Music allows us to find commonality, and it validates all of our lives … That’s what I love about music.

“So many of you fans in the crowd and at home tonight that are watching on TV, you have literally allowed me, through my music and my songs, to hold your lives in my hands for a while. That’s something I take very seriously,” he concluded. “I just want to thank you guys for caring about the music.”

Read more at The Boot.

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Forbes’ Highest Paid Musicians List

posted December 12th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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Forbes is out with their annual list of the highest paid musicians, and Kenny Chesney came it at number 22 with $44 million earned.

The country superstar owes much of his total to stadium shows, but has diversified into liquor with his Blue Chair Bay rum.

Chesney was only bested by two other country stars: Toby Keith at #10 with $65 million and Taylor Swift at #11 with $64 million.

Other country stars that finished behind Chesney included Jason Aldean at #24 with $37 million and Luke Bryan at #28 with $34 million.

Dr. Dre was the highest paid musician across all genres with $620 million, largely thanks to his sale of Beats headphones to Apple.

See the full list at Forbes.

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Chesney Will Perform at American Country Countdown Awards

posted December 11th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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Kenny Chesney is set to receive the Groundbreaker Award at next week’s American Country Countdown Awards, and now he’s set to perform his latest single “Til It’s Gone” as well.

“It’s very much a one-on-one piece of communicating,” Chesney says of the tune. “It’s about hanging on to the one who matters to you; for me, it’s talking straight to those hardcore fans who’ve been there — and saying, ‘No matter where or what, I’m in this as long as you hang on.’”

Chesney was previously announced as the recipient of the ACC Awards’ inaugural Groundbreaker Award, honoring his “creative innovation, musical accomplishments and role in expanding the genre.”

“To be given the first of any special award is a great honor because you know they’ve really thought about it,” Chesney says. “Given what they’re saying the Groundbreaker Award means, I’m honored that’s how the ACC Awards sees me.”

Watch the American Country Countdown Awards live on Monday, December 15th at 8pm ET on Fox.

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“American Kids” is Grammy Nominated for Best Country Song

posted December 9th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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Grammy nominations were announced recently, and the Kenny Chesney recorded tune “American Kids” is up for Best Country Song. The award is given to the songwriters. In the case of “American Kids,” that’s Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally.

“I knew the second I heard it that I was going to cut ‘American Kids,’” Chesney says. “With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever heard, this song’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It feels good. It says something about the heart and the passion people in small towns have — and it makes you smile every time you hear it.

“The fact that the Grammy voters heard it, too, that they recognized how truly special and innovative this song is, makes me so proud for Shane, Luke and Rodney,” he continues. “This really is a song that breaks a lot of rules, does things you don’t expect and offers a picture of how it is that isn’t cliche or expected. What a cool thing to have happen to some very talented guys! I’m just glad I got to be the one who cut it.”

“I came to town as a songwriter and got to write with some of the very best, people like Whitey Shaffer and Dean Dillon,” he notes. “So I understand how hard it is to write a great song, let alone something as fresh and original as ‘American Kids.’ Coloring outside the lines, though, is where the magic happens.”

“When you can find songs that say something, then songs that make people smile when they’re thinking about it?” Chesney muses. “That’s what this is all about. I can’t wait to get out there and play ‘American Kids’ for the fans.”

Read more at The Boot.

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Two Las Vegas Dates Added to The Big Revival Tour

posted December 6th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

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Kenny Chesney is adding more shows to his 2015 The Big Revival Tour every week. Today’s announcement: Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, NV
Friday, April 3rd, 2015
The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
On sale 12/12 at AXS | TicketNetwork

Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
On sale 12/12 at AXS | TicketNetwork

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Chesney to Play Two April Shows at Mohegan Sun

posted December 3rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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Kenny Chesney will make his return to a familiar place next April: the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.

Chesney will play two shows as part of his The Big Revival Tour: Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 12th through TicketMaster. Prices are $95 and $125.

View all currently scheduled shows now on our tour dates page.

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