An evening most University of Georgia of students will be talking about for years â€“ 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney took the stage last night at Athensâ€™ Georgia Theatre, where he performed a surprise pop-up concert for an extremely small crowd of around 500 fans. The concert is the first installment of CMTâ€™s new INSTANT JAM series and premieres Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. Each episode of INSTANT JAM features live performances, and captures all the excitement and energy as artists reveal to fans how to score tickets to an exclusive show in their area, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to their concert.
With a handful of posters going up in the late morning and flyers distributed in downtown Athens yesterday, there was a frenzy to score one of the 500 wristbands allotted for the show, which went on for over two hours. With distribution at the University of Georgiaâ€™s Phi Mu sorority house, they were gone in less than 8 minutes. Chesney performed 23 songs, some heâ€™s not played in years, hits people expected and a pair of songs from his Sept. 23 release The Big Revival, including his Top 5 â€śAmerican Kids.â€ť Throwing out the setlist, Chesney even covered Hank Williams Srâ€™s â€śKaw Ligaâ€ť and George Straitâ€™s â€śCarried Away,â€ť while Face Timing Strait on stage as he and the entire audience sang along.
Kenny Chesney will join several other artists for CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh & Friends, premiering June 23rd.:
Joe Walsh will join forces with Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Sara Evans and Hunter Hayes for a new episode of CMT Crossroads premiering June 23 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh and Friends will also feature collaborations with the legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist on solo hits such as “Life’s Been Good” and Eagles classics including “Life in the Fast Lane.”
Walsh came to national prominence in the late ’60s as a member of the James Gang with hits such as “Funk #49.” In the early ’70s, he embarked on a solo career that included “Rocky Mountain Way” and other hits before joining the Eagles with their 1976 album, Hotel California. As an Eagles member, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He’s now touring to support the June 5 release of Analog Man, his first solo album in 20 years.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be onboard for a CMT Crossroads episode,” Walsh said. “I’ve handpicked some old friends and some new friends, and we’re going to make sure it’s a special evening. Nothing beats country music with a little rock ‘n’ roll sprinkled on top. We’re going to mix up a batch and see what happens. I got a real good feeling about it. Nashville, here we come!”
Kenny Chesney will be on this week’s CMT Insider talking about his number one hit “Reality.”
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Kenny Chesney will be all over your television today, the day before his new album Hemingway’s Whiskey is released. He’ll make appearances on ESPN multiple times and the premier of CMT Invitation Only airs tonight.
The ESPN studios will host Kenny for most of the day and he’ll appear on several different programs, including SportsCenter, Sports Nation, ESPNU, NFL Live, CFB Live, and will do a live chat on ESPN.com. And tonight, Kenny Chesney’s documentary The Boys of Fall will re-air at 7 pm ET on ESPN2.
At 10 pm ET, CMT’s “Invitation Only” with Chesney will debut. He’ll play several songs off the new album, including â€śThe Boys of Fallâ€ť, â€śCoastalâ€ť, â€śYou and Tequilaâ€ť, and â€śHemingwayâ€™s Whiskey.â€ť He also answers questions from fans that were in attendance at the August taping in Nashville.
And don’t miss Kenny on Good Morning America tomorrow where he’ll perform and be interviewed!
Kenny Chesney continues his media blitz ahead of his Tuesday album release with an appearance on CMT’s Top 20 Countdown with Evan Farmer.
They’ll talk about the new album Hemingway’s Whiskey and show a clip from Kenny’s upcoming Invitation Only episode.
Catch the debut Friday at 11:00 am ET/PT. It will also air over the weekend at 11:00 am on Saturday and 11:30 am Sunday.