Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Radio initially launched in 2008 for a limited time on SiriusXM, and after 8 years it’s coming back to satellite radio.
“We’ve spent eight years building No Shoes Radio. It’s always been a place where I could share songs I love, musicians I find, things on my computer nobody’s ever heard – and blur the lines between my records and everything from reggae to rock to bluegrass. To partner with SiriusXM as part of their Artist Driven platform of stations means No Shoes Radio will be able to reach even more people who love songs and music the same way I do. That’s awesome.” – Kenny
Kenny Chesney’s new single “Noise” is out to country radio today and you can download it now at iTunes!
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“There’s a line in the song ‘Noise,’ that says ‘We didn’t turn it on, but we can’t turn it off,’ that pretty much sums up this tidal wave, if you will, of sound that we’re battered with, and it’s not necessarily something we choose or started,” says Chesney. “You know this is a political year, we’ve got all these political candidates on tv, on all the 24 hour news stations, we have all this noise in our heads, all these talking heads that seems like they’re screaming louder and louder just so they can be heard.”
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Kenny Chesney made his way to Key West on Monday for a keg show at Sloppy Joe’s.
photo by Jill Trunnell
Rumors of the show began Friday, and once the news was confirmed, fans stood in line all night Sunday. The street in front of the venue was closed by 6 a.m. Monday, and Chesney and his band kicked off the music around 5 p.m.
Eric Church and Old Dominion‘s Matthew Ramsey made guest appearances, with Church performing several songs, including “Springsteen,” “Drink in My Hand” and “Mr. Misunderstood.” Ramsey, who co-wrote Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day,” joined the headliner to perform the hit.
In addition to his own hits, Chesney’s set list included cover versions of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good,” Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy,” George Strait’s “The Fireman” and “Carried Away,” Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight” and the Eagles’ “Take It Easy.”
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“It seemed like everywhere I turn, everywhere I go, there is so much stuff coming at you,” Kenny says in a statement about the inspiration for the single. “Your phone, your car, on the streets, on TV. Everywhere it’s just so loud, so much, so many different things — all pushing buttons, being sensational, shouting for attention,” he says. “You can’t escape it, and you can’t turn it down.”
Kenny and Shane McAnally started writing the song, but then Kenny had to rush off to an important meeting — so, he says, “I actually sat in my manager’s parking lot, still working on the lines, the phrasing, the rhythms… Until finally I had to go in.” By the time the meeting was over, Shane and two other writers — Ross Copperman and Jon Nite — had not only finished the song, they’d also recorded a demo.
Kenny says the chorus for “Noise” “sums up both the state of the world and the reality of what it costs us.” It goes, “We scream, we shout til we don’t have a voice/In the streets, in the crowds, it ain’t nothing but noise… drowning out all the dreams of this Tennessee boy/Just trying to be heard… in all this noise.”
Kenny Chesney will play a “keg show” at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West on Monday with the doors opening at 10am:
“Keg shows” are free, first come first serve shows, typically at college spring break locations during spring break, that serve as warmup shows for Kenny before he heads out on tour.
In the last couple days Kenny Chesney has posted teasers on his social media accounts, presumably for his new album.
Kenny’s manager was recently interviewed by Billboard, where he revealed that the new album will likely be released in May:
We’re hoping for May. He’s still recording. He’s a great A&R person, and he knows the funnel in which he can compete is pretty tight. You can’t give [fans] too much of where you’ve been, [and] if you try to conform to what everybody else is doing, then that doesn’t stay true to him. But from what I’m hearing, he should be in good shape.
Kenny Chesney played his first show of the year on Monday night in Houston at the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show.
On Monday night, in front of 70,467 screaming fans, Chesney ripped through 15 songs during his eighth RodeoHouston performance. In between tunes, his immensely talented band members treated the crowd to a number of jam sessions, complete with guitar and drum solos.
His set list frequently transitioned from newer cuts to landmark melodies and back again, and it wasn’t until near the end of the show that the Tennessee native hit his stride.
Songs like “Young,” “How Forever Feels” and “Don’t Happen Twice” must be so ingrained in Chesney’s mind by now that he could sleepwalk through them and still drive the crowd wild. But these were the songs fans bought tickets to hear, and Chesney complied with enthusiasm during the second half of Monday’s performance.
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