No Shoes Radio will air a two hour special on Wednesday, March 18th at 12pm ET to help kick off The Big Revival Tour, which launches in two weeks.
The special will preview Chesney’s first road trek in two years by packing music, fan blasts, and specific memories from every market on the tour into its two hours. Chesney, Jon Anthony, and Mark Tamburino collaborate on the off-the-cuff special, which will repeat on March 18th at 6p (ET) before going in to a daily rotation for the next week at www.NoShoesRadio.com and via the Kenny Chesney and No Shoes Radio mobile apps and distribution partners.
“So much has happened over the years,” explains Chesney. “When you sit down and start looking at the places we’re going, the stories just emerge. Going through the schedule with Tambo, who was there — and Jon Anthony who watched from the outside — it brings back a lot of memories for all of us. If the fans ever wonder what they mean to us, or what they’ve helped us build, all they have to do is tune in and listen. It’s all there: the good times, the crazy moments, the thinks like the Spread The Love Fund that made all of us think and, above all, some of the very best nights of all of our lives. I was pretty fired up to get out there already, but thinking about the people we’ve met, the adventures we’ve had, well, that takes it to another place.”
The Big Revival Tour kicks off in Nashville on Thursday, March 26th. Get tickets to the tour now!
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.”
Happy New Year’s everyone!
Spend New Year’s Eve with your pals at No Shoes Radio:
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!
Kenny Chesney’s new single “Pirate Flag,” the first release from his upcoming album, will make its world debut tonight on No Shoes Radio!
Tune in at 11pm ET (8pm PT) to hear Kenny talk a little about the song before debuting it to the No Shoes Nation.
Let your friends know about it by RVSPing to the official “Pirate Flag” Debut Facebook event page.
Remember you can listen at www.noshoesradio.com or on Kenny’s apps for iOS and Android.
Let us know what you think of the song!
Already excited to see Kenny Chesney in concert next summer? In just a couple days we’re going to learn what he’s got in store for us next summer.
Kenny will join Jon and Tambo on No Shoes Radio this Thursday (11/8) at 9:00 am ET / 6:00 am PT to unveil details of his 2013 tour.
You’ll find out the name of the tour, opening acts, and the first dates.
Mark it on your calendars and be sure to tune in!
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.
For more information, go to kennychesney.com/apps
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.”
Read the full entry here.
Also see yesterday’s entry, which was just an introduction.
No Shoes Radio will be playing the featured song each day. Tune in Saturday morning at 9 am ET for your first chance at hearing the next one!