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Track Listing and Details Unveiled for ‘Songs for the Saints’ Album

posted June 17th, 2018 at 4:47 pm

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Kenny Chesney has unveiled the track listing for his upcoming album Songs for the Saints and it includes a couple of collaborations with his island friends.

Pre-order the album now at Amazon or iTunes.

‘Songs for the Saints’ will be released July 27th.

Track listing:

  1. Songs for the Saints
  2. Every Heart
  3. Get Along
  4. Pirate Song
  5. Love for Love City (with Ziggy Marley)
  6. Ends Of The Earth
  7. Gulf Moon
  8. Island Rain
  9. Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season (with Jimmy Buffett)
  10. We’re All Here
  11. Better Boat (featuring Mindy Smith)

“I knew I wanted this album to show the spirit of the people, but I wanted it to focus on healing, on their gift to rise above such complete chaos and devastation,” Chesney said in a release. “They had no power, no real food, nothing; they dug in, started clearing the land and rebuilding. To me, that’s inspiring.”

“To let them know, they’re not only not forgotten months later, but we’re holding them up as inspiration — and offering help in any way that we can, including music,” Chesney added. “Because music heals, it inspires, and this is for them.”

Songs for the Saints features some special musical guests who have ties to the island: Ziggy Marley, Mindy Smith and of course, Chesney’s buddy Jimmy Buffett.

“Ziggy Marley and his family’s legacy hold so much truth for all of the people I know down there,” Chesney said. “Mindy Smith’s Come To Jesus was an album I lived with from morning to night when I was first going down there — and her voice sounds like an angel.”

As for Buffett’s contribution, it just made sense for Chesney.

“Jimmy, more than the lost shaker of salt, understands the poetry of the islands beyond what tourists see, the life in a way that made a song written decades ago so current. I’m honored they also want to help.”



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Kenny Chesney Announces New Album

posted April 30th, 2018 at 4:41 pm

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Kenny Chesney announced today that his new album will be called ‘Songs for the Saints’ and will be released on July 27th. From Rolling Stone:

Consisting of 12 songs and co-produced by Chesney with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, Songs for the Saints is Chesney’s first project with his new record label Blue Chair/Warner Bros. Nashville, following more than 20 years of working with Sony or BMG imprints. Chesney co-wrote five of the set’s new tunes, drawing ideas from his firsthand experiences with the devastation and ensuing recovery effort in the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma.

“This is not a literal record,” Chesney says in a release. “But it is an album about the refuges we all have, how temporary life is and the way we navigate to better places, dig in and face the destruction.”

The album’s first single “Get Along” is out now, hinting at the positive vibes Chesney alludes to in his description of the project, but the complete track listing and songwriter information have yet to be revealed.

And more from The Boot:

“So much has happened since I went off the road in 2016. And all of it, in one way or another, has ended up on this record,” Chesney says in a press release. “It’s special to me because of what it says – to me, and for me – about life, the world around us, how fragile it all can be and about somehow still finding the best parts of you, and moving towards them.”

Chesney has spent the last few months recording Songs for the Saints; he wrote or co-wrote five of its tracks. Fans can expect to hear some songs inspired by the destruction in the Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017; Chesney owned a house in St. John that was leveled by the storm.



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Kenny Chesney Changes Record Labels

posted January 17th, 2018 at 1:44 pm

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In a surprising move, Kenny Chesney has left his longtime record label Sony Music Nashville for Warner Music.

“It is a big deal to change labels,” Chesney said in a statement, crediting Warner Music Nashville chairman/CEO John “Espo” Esposito, Warner Music Nashville senior VP A&R Cris Lacy and new Warner Music Group CEO, Recorded Music, Max Lousada, with shepherding the move. “But when you hear Max, Espo and Cris Lacy talk about music, about what it means and does, when you hear that passion, you can’t help but get fired up,” he explained. “To me, music is only complete when it gets to the fans and becomes part of their lives. The people at Warner understand my commitment to that idea, and they’re just as committed to those ideals as I am.”

Following the release of his 1994 debut album on Capricorn, Chesney switched to RCA Nashville’s BNA imprint for 1995’s All I Need To Know. After RCA and Sony merged, he moved over to Sony’s Columbia Nashville via his Blue Chair imprint. Future releases will now be on Blue Chair Records/Warner Bros. Records.

The move comes as Chesney’s 2016 studio album, Cosmic Hallelujah, is up for best country album at the Jan. 28 Grammy Awards. Chesney’s latest release, Live In No Shoes Nation, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country albums chart in November, making it his 15th chart topper. He has sold more than 30 million albums, according to Warner Music Nashville and logged 30 No. 1 singles.

“Kenny Chesney embodies the relentless pursuit of artistic freedom and expression,” Esposito said. “An unapologetic free spirit, he has built a career on perseverance, drive, innovation, and most especially, great songs. Everything he does is inspired. It is with deep respect and honor that we welcome Kenny to Warner Music Nashville. We couldn’t be more excited to work with him and his team.”

Lousada added, “Kenny’s not only a country music icon, but an American superstar, who’s still hungry to write, record, and perform amazing music that moves millions of people. The fact that he has chosen Warner Music as his new label home is a huge testament to the culture created by Espo and his team, who have made our Nashville operation a magnet for both emerging talent and established artists.”

Read more at Billboard.


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Chesney Notches Billboard Number One Album

posted November 6th, 2017 at 9:16 am

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Kenny Chesney has landed his eighth number one album with Live in No Shoes Nation:

Kenny Chesney became the first artist to land a live album atop the Billboard 200 in seven years as the country singer’s all-star live LP Live in No Shoes Nation debuted at Number One.

Live in No Shoes Nation sold 219,000 copies in its first week of availability, with the bulk of that total coming from a deal that coupled tickets to Chesney’s 2018 stadium tour with a free copy of the live album. However, the sales only apply to fans that redeemed a code to acquire the live album, which only a fraction of the million-plus ticket buyers did, Billboard estimates.

By finishing in the top spot, Chesney now has eight Number One albums in his catalog, only one behind Garth Brooks’ record among country artists for most chart-topping albums.

Live in No Shoes Nation is the first live album since the Hope for Haiti Now compilation in 2010 to rule the Billboard 200, and the highest-selling live album since Paul McCartney’s Back in the U.S. Live 2002 debuted with 224,000 copies 15 years ago.



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‘Live in No Shoes Nation’ Headed for Number One

posted October 31st, 2017 at 8:37 am

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According to Billboard, Kenny Chesney is heading towards another number one album with Live in No Shoes Nation:

Country king Kenny Chesney is on his way to his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Sources suggest his new live effort, Live in No Shoes Nation, could start atop next week’s tally with perhaps 200,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 2. Most of that sum will be driven by traditional album sales, bolstered by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with Chesney’s upcoming stadium tour.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Nov. 18-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Chesney could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Chesney previously led the Billboard 200 with Life on a Rock (in 2013), Hemingway’s Whiskey (2010), Lucky Old Sun (2008), The Road and the Radio (2005), Be as You Are: Songs From an Old Blue Chair (2005), When the Sun Goes Down (2004) and No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (2002).

Get your tickets to see Kenny Chesney live next year here.


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Album Cover and Track List Revealed for ‘Live in No Shoes Nation’

posted August 15th, 2017 at 9:03 pm

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Kenny Chesney today unveiled the album cover and track list for his upcoming live album release ‘Live in No Shoes Nation’ that’ll hit stores on October 27th.

The album cover photo was taken at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City back in July 2016.

Here’s the track list:

“Flora-Bama”
“Summertime”
“Big Star” (with Taylor Swift)
“Boston”
“When I See This Bar” (with Eric Church)
“No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems”
“Anything but Mine”
“Down the Road” (with Mac McAnally)
“Guitars and Tiki Bars”
“Hemingway’s Whiskey”
“Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” (with Zac Brown Band)
“I’m Alive”
“Save It for a Rainy Day” (with Old Dominion)
“Pirate Flag”
“Somewhere With You”
“I Go Back”
“One Step Up”
“American Kids”
“You and Tequila” (with Grace Potter)
“Young”
“There Goes My Life”
“Out Last Night”
“Dust on the Bottle” (with David Lee Murphy)
“Coastal”
“The Boys of Fall”
“Noise”
“Old Blue Chair”
“The Joker/Three Little Birds” (with Dave Matthews)
“Happy on the Hey Now”

The 30 songs were recorded over a 10-year period beginning in 2007 at stadium shows, pop-up bar gigs, amphitheaters and beach concerts.

“When I told the record company how many songs, they thought I’d lost my mind,” Chesney said of the new album. “And that was before we added ‘Young,’ which really started and defined this chapter, to the list.”


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Live Album “Live in No Shoes Nation” Coming This Fall

posted August 3rd, 2017 at 1:48 pm

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Kenny Chesney announced today that he’ll release a live album on October 27th called “Live in No Shoes Nation.”

The new project celebrating 10 years of concerts, will capture 29 performances from the last decade. After listening to hours of his live shows, Chesney has created a combination of hits and surprises to share with every member of No Shoes Nation.

“So much has happened over the last 10 years,” Chesney marvels. “But the one thing that remained consistent, that’s been there no matter what, are the people of No Shoes Nation. They’ve always been why I do what I do, but listening to all these shows over the last several months, I realized they’re really the heartbeat to everything me and my road family do.”

The 49-year-old is amazed at the energy he gets from the crowd during each show saying “he feels most alive” on the stage because the audience is so loud and “in the moment” in each and every show.



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