Kenny Chesney started No Shoes Radio in 2009, inspired in part by the different sounds he’d hear floating across the parking lots at his shows. Five years later, the freeform station that mingles reggae, album rock, singer/songwriters, alternative and live tracks from the man called “the people’s superstar” by The Los Angeles Times, is one of internet radio’s most buzzed about locations – and its reach gets exponentially bigger this weekend as NoShoesRadio.com is added to Clear Channel’s IHeartRadio platform.
“My fans are a lot like me,” Chesney says. “They don’t care what stuff’s called, just whether they like it. And listening to what drifts in from the parking lot, they like rock, they like reggae, they like bluegrass… and obviously, they like being part of the texture of what we do! Whether it’s live tracks with my friends, demos of songs they know or just giving them a listen to a jam on the bus, No Shoes Radio is the nerve center of the No Shoes Nation in terms of music.
“When the people at IHeart said they wanted to help us take it out to even more people,” Chesney continues, “I realized it’s not just my hardcore fans, but a lot of folks who like variety in their music. Things aren’t cut-and-dried. People WANT places they will be surprised – and find music they’ll love. IHeart gets that, so it’s a pleasure to team with them to share what we’ve been doing the past five years.”
Ross on Radio’s Sean Ross named No Shoes Radio one the 10 Most Intriguing Stations of 2009. He wrote in the Chicago-based broadcast industry trade Radio-Info.com, “the reggae and all things tropical format allowed country superstar Kenny Chesney’s channel to share as much with Triple-A as with country radio.”
To celebrate the IHeart launch, Chesney and his team will kick it off live from the shores of Perdido Key as the 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year takes the beach for a very special show at the Flora-Bama Lounge. Deemed the Flora-Bama-Jama, the free concert on the beach is a way to play for the No Shoes Nation as he wraps work on The Big Revival, due Sept 23.
With “American Kids,” the lead single burning up country radio, pairing with IHeart makes it even easier for people to get their Chesney fix on. Whether you’re making the trip to Orange Beach, Florida or not, tuning into No Shoes Radio is even easier than before.
“This is about music,” Chesney says. “Turning people on, firing them up, hitting that place in their lives where it makes a difference. That was a big part of why we started doing this… and it’s nice to see other people recognize what it is we’re trying to do.”
Wow, 2013, you were quite a year! And to celebrate the new music and the new (and old) friends we saw again on tour, we’re spending the last day of 2013 looking back at the highlights of the past year with non-stop rebroadcasts of the NSR World Premiere of “Life On A Rock” *AND* the No Shoes Nation Tour Review Special. It all starts at 12 midnight ET, and we’ll throw in a few other special moments from 2013 along the way.
Thanks to all of you for checking in at ChesneyWorld throughout 2013. We look forward to bringing you the most up-to-date Kenny Chesney news again in 2014!
After teasing the release a few weeks ago, this morning Kenny Chesney released an updated iPhone app, plus the much anticipated Android version. iPad and Mac platforms both have their own apps now too.
The apps, which are available now for iPhones, iPads, Androids, and Apple computers, are the first of their kind in mobile artist platforms, combining Chesney’s signature radio station, web store, and social media channels into one user-friendly experience. Chesney was personally involved with designing the apps, applying the same attention to detail that he does with his live performances and recording sessions. “I wanted these apps to be an extension of my albums and shows,” Chesney said. “Even in the middle of the winter, fans can open up the app wherever they are, listen to a little No Shoes Radio, take a photo that looks like it came straight out of my music video, and feel like they’re back at the party all year long.”
“The evolution of radio continues to put more power into the hands of the consumer, and these apps allow No Shoes Radio fans to listen wherever they are — in the car, on their boat, on the beach — and on even more of their devices,” No Shoes Radio Program Director Jon Anthony said.
Perhaps one of the coolest new features is the suite of camera filters, similar to Instagram. You can take pictures within the app, or pull an existing picture, and easily apply filters, including the Fishbowl filter:
Here are a few key features of the apps: Listen to songs hand-picked by Chesney through No Shoes Radio. Not only can users keep their friends updated with what they’re listening to through Facebook and Twitter (with hashtags and other Twitter symbols built-in), but they can also request songs to be played on the station. On the mobile version, a variety of skins are available so that fans can choose the ideal backdrop for their own customized No Shoes Radio listening experience.
While listening to No Shoes Radio, users can purchase tickets to concerts and view a countdown to the show they’re attending, which can be shared through their social networks. Fans can even access a map that will provide driving directions to a show. If a fan would like to avoid lines at the concert, merchandise can be bought directly through the app, arriving at the user’s doorstep days later.
Fans can preview and purchase Chesney’s albums on iTunes/Amazon, and enjoy them without leaving the app.
Other features include compatibility with Apple AirPlay for easy wireless streaming and an “On the Road” section that highlights fans’ social media posts and photos.
Over at Kenny’s official site they’re counting down the days to the release of his latest album with Tales From the Fishbowl.
Each day a different song from Welcome to the Fishbowl will be featured. Kenny provides exclusive commentary on the tracks… his inspiration and thought process that went into each tune.
We’re already on day two, which discusses his current radio single “Come Over”.
“Technically, ‘Feel Like a Rock Star’ was the first single off the record, but that song was always about setting up the moment of Tim and I going on tour together,” Kenny says. “If we weren’t touring this summer, I would have gone with ‘Come Over’ as the first single.”
We’ve already seen the amazing ways No Shoes Nation is reacting to the song, whether you requested it at radio, watched the video on YouTube, or sang along as Kenny performed at this week’s CMT Awards. Perhaps it’s our shared experience with love and loss that’s making you connect so deeply with the lyrics. After all, says Kenny, “I feel like it might be one of the most emotionally universal songs I’ve ever recorded. When you break up with someone, you don’t break up all at once. You break up over time. And that’s the thread of the song. Letting go is hard.” Breakups – of relationships, friendships, even the ones that happen on a professional level – carry so many levels of feeling, all of which Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne captured so beautifully in their songwriting, and Kenny expresses so purely in his interpretation. “There’s insecurity, and vulnerability in meeting someone new, letting someone else in your life,” Kenny says. “I mean, that’s why it’s easier to go back to what’s familiar,” he laughs. “I call this my ‘comfortable booty call’ song.”
Music superstar Kenny Chesney announced heâ€™s expanding his partnership with Costa with five new limited edition sunglasses, with a portion of the proceeds continuing to benefit Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). The partnership, which debuted in 2011 on Chesneyâ€™s â€śGoinâ€™ Coastalâ€ť concert tour, has raised more than $50,000 for CCA to date.
The five new Kenny Chesney Costa styles include Hammerhead, Caballito, Switchfoot, Hammock and Maya, and will retail from $129 to $199. Each style will feature Kenny Chesneyâ€™s signature and his palm tree logo inside the frame, and will come in a variety of unique color combinations, including tortoise/light green, black/white and clear/light blue.
The sunglasses will be available for purchase at authorized Costa retail outlets and online at www.costadelmar.com/kenny in late May.
Five percent of the sales from this yearâ€™s limited edition sunglasses will benefit CCAâ€™s ongoing marine conservation efforts. In addition to CCAâ€™s long history of advocating for the conservation of coastal marine resources, the grassroots organization has helped fund habitat restoration initiatives throughout the Gulf of Mexico and south Atlantic, including a $500,000 project for Independence Island in Louisiana. The group also secured more than $400,000 in Texas reefing projects, reef creation in Alabamaâ€™s Bon Secour Bay, and oyster restoration efforts in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Maryland.
â€śThe partnership with Costa Sunglasses and the Coastal Conservation Association is a natural extension of who I am and what I believe in,â€ť said Chesney. â€śWe live the coastal lifestyle â€“ itâ€™s part of who we are. Itâ€™s up to us to help protect and preserve the oceans and beaches for future generations.â€ť
â€śSupport from a superstar like Kenny Chesney and a visionary corporation like Costa does so much to focus attention on important ocean conservation issues,â€ť said Pat Murray, president of CCA. â€śThe funds raised through the Limited Edition Kenny Chesney Costa Sunglasses will go to help programs such as marine habitat creation and youth outreach, ensuring a brighter future for our shared marine resources.â€ť
Costa also announced its title sponsorship of Chesneyâ€™s online radio station, No Shoes Radio (www.noshoesradio.com). The free station offers listeners a glimpse into Chesneyâ€™s personal music playlist, with songs from artists ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to George Jones to Police. No Shoes Radio will broadcast live from various Costa retail outlets throughout Chesneyâ€™s â€śBrothers of the Sunâ€ť summer concert tour with musical artist Tim McGraw.
â€śWe’re excited to continue our relationship with Kenny in 2012. I think his fans will love the new styles and new colors we’ve created for this year’s line,â€ť said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa Sunglasses. â€śNot only will fans love how they look, they’ll also love how they feel, because by buying Kenny Costas they are helping to protect the coast lines we all love so much.â€ť
Chesney kicks off his Brothers of the Sun tour 2012 presented by Corona Light in Tampa, Fla. on Sat., June 2. For more information, visit www.kennychesney.com.