Kenny Chesney announced recently that he’s helping produce a new album for David Lee Murphy.
Kenny Chesney has taken the David Lee Murphy-penned hits “Pirate Flag,” “Livin’ in Fast Forward” and “‘Til It’s Gone” into the upper reaches of the country charts, and now he’s returning the favor by working on a brand-new album with the prolific tunesmith. Chesney made the announcement at the offices of performing rights organization BMI while accepting awards for a pair of his chart-topping hits, calling Murphy “the original â and last â of the hillbilly rock stars,” and noting that 20 years have passed since the singer-songwriter topped the charts as an artist with fan favorites, “Party Crowd” and “Dust on the Bottle.”
“We got together to make a record of songs we liked the sound of . . . things we’d want to listen to ourselves,” Murphy says in a statement revealing the surprise collaboration. “Kenny’s got great ears, and I kept sending him demos â more than he could ever record, but he just loved the songs. One day, he said, ‘I think we oughta go make a record!'”
Working with his longtime producer, Buddy Cannon, Chesney and Murphy co-produced No Zip Code, a 10-track collection which features Chesney on the title cut and bluegrass legend Dan Tyminski (from Alison Krauss and Union Station) on “As a Crow Flies,” which is described as “stark and organic.”
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Over at RollingStone.com you can watch an intimate performance of “Til It’s Gone” off the new album The Big Revival.
Those who couldn’t make it to the Georgia Theatre concert can still catch a glimpse of the show by checking out this live, unreleased clip of “‘Til It’s Gone,” making its premiere exclusively on Rolling Stone Country. Filmed toward the end of the night, it’s an intimate, no-frills performance, with Chesney and his seven-piece band playing their newest single on a stage that’s pretty much free of the lights, Jumbotrons and high-tech gadgets that’ve become staples of his 50,000-seat stadium shows.
Although he didn’t write the song â that role went to Rodney Clawson, David Lee Murphy and Jimmy Yeary â Chesney has a strong personal attachment to “‘Til It’s Gone,” a seize-the-day anthem about making the most of your time with a loved one. He also views it as a tribute to his own fan base, the “No Shoes Nation,” whose support helped send the album’s previous single, “American Kids,” to the top of the charts. (Clawson co-wrote that one, too.)
âThis is a song about hanging on right where you are with someone you love,” Chesney says of “Til It’s Gone,” “be it a good buddy, a lover, or in my case, the No Shoes Nation, whoâve been here since it was me and a buncha guys in an old Silver Eagle tour bus. The idea is: be where you are, and embrace the hell out of it. When you do that, amazing things happen.”
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Late last week it looked like Kenny Chesney was headed for number one on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart with The Big Revival, but Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga edged him out by 1,000 copies.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It’s the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga.
The standards album, released Sept. 23 on Streamline/Interscope/RPM/Columbia Records, sold 131,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 28, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It also hits No. 1 on both the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts.
There was a tight race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as three albums were vying for the pole position. Cheek To Cheek edges out Kenny Chesney’s also-arriving The Big Revival at No. 2 (130,000). Last week’s No. 1, Barbra Streisand’s own duets album, Partners, slips to No. 3 with 127,000 (down just 35 percent).
For Chesney, The Big Revival is his 12th top 10 effort and follows 2013’s No. 1 debut Life On a Rock (153,000 sold in its first week). On the Top Country Albums chart, The Big Revival comes in at No. 1 — Chesney’s lucky 13th leader.
Kenny Chesney’s new album The Big Revival is headed for number one on the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart:
Country superstar Kenny Chesney is heading for his eighth No. 1 album next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest his new set, The Big Revival, may sell around 125,000 to 135,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 28. The Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville album is Chesneyâs 15th studio effort, and was released on Sept. 23.
Not too far behind Chesney is Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s new duets album Cheek to Cheek. It might sell 110,000 to 120,000 copies. That sum might not be enough to capture the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, but it should easily top the Traditional Jazz Albums chart.
The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Oct. 1.
The day has finally arrived! After taking the year off to focus on the music, Kenny Chesney’s new album The Big Revival hits stores today.
Get it now at iTunes or Walmart.com.
ABC reviews the new album:
Chesney has continually tinkered with his sound, growing more introspective in recent years while remaining the king of the arena sing-along. Chesney’s forte is that even his rockers offer snapshots of the lives of his fans, as he does here on “Beer Can Chicken,” which he co-wrote. A rocker like “Drink It Up” avoids the clichĂ©s flowing through contemporary country songs by injecting some real-life gravitas.
Working with longtime co-producer Buddy Cannon, Chesney slips some modern Nashville rhythms and loops into songs like “Til It’s Gone” and “Rock Bottom,” yet holds on to the classic-rock guitar sound he loves. But the album’s most powerful moment arrives with the closer “If This Bus Could Talk,” which traces Chesney’s story from a nervous greenhorn opening for Patty Loveless in 1993 through the twists and turns of a long career.
Be sure to catch Kenny on The Today Show this morning!
Kenny Chesney’s new album The Big Revival drops next Tuesday (9/23) and he’ll make a television blitz to promote it:
Starting with âThe Today Showâ on street date, Chesney will also perform on âThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonâ (9/24), âThe Ellen DeGeneres Showâ (9/26), âCONANâ (9/29) and âThe Talkâ (10/2), as well as sit for interviews with both âEntertainment Tonightâ and âAccess Hollywoodâ live from Rockefeller Center (9/23).
âNormally I donât get geared up for this much television,â Chesney says. âBut this record makes me wanna get out and talk about it. Starting with âAmerican Kids,â all of the songs on here say so much about how the people who see their lives in my music commit to their lives â itâs a lot like showing their home videos on network TV! Iâm gonna be sick of talking about me, but not this record; The Big Revival is a whole other kinda record for me.â
With the release of ‘The Big Revival’ only one week away, Kenny Chesney is giving you a chance to listen to six more songs from the album.
Head over to CMT.com to stream the following tracks:
- Drink It Up
- Til It’s Gone
- Wild Child
- Rock Bottom
- Don’t It
- Save It For A Rainy Day
You’ve previously been able to listen to “The Big Revival,” “Flora-Bama,” and “American Kids.” That just leaves “Beer Can Chicken” and “If This Bus Could Talk.”
Preorder ‘The Big Revival’ now at Walmart.com.