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 ‚Äď and last ‚Äď 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 ‚ÄĒ 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.”
Read more at Rolling Stone.
Kenny Chesney’s joint tour with Jason Aldean and Eric Church had been in the works for a while. The Boot has the details from both Aldean and Church:
Church says he and Chesney came up with the idea for the joint tour after playing together at George Strait‚Äės farewell concert in June.
‚ÄúKenny and I were talking, and I told him, ‚ÄėThis was the most fun I‚Äôve ever had‚Äô ‚Ä¶ It just has this vibe that I loved. When you get that going on in a tour, people feel that,‚ÄĚ Church tells CMT. ‚ÄúSo I told Kenny, ‚ÄėHey man, if you got a few shows, I‚Äôll ride with you‚Äô ‚Ä¶ I just hope we attack the stage.‚ÄĚ
Aldean seems to have signed on to the project around the same time as Church, saying the deal was already in place by the time he and Chesney went out drinking together in July at Buffalo Wild Wings.
‚ÄúWe were supposed to tour together a couple years ago, but then Kenny decided to take a year off. So all those plans got put on hold,‚ÄĚ Aldean says. ‚ÄúBy the time we were at B-Dubs, everything was already in the works.‚ÄĚ
Church will perform five dates with Chesney. Aldean is set to perform 10 dates on the tour, and he says he‚Äôs looking forward to gaining from Chesney‚Äôs extensive touring experience.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm sure I‚Äôll learn some stuff from him out there,‚ÄĚ he says, ‚Äúand I like to think that I bring something to the table that will be something he can take away from that. He‚Äôs been doing this longer than I have. And he‚Äôs done it the right way ‚ÄĒ and built a career from nothing ‚ÄĒ so I have a ton of respect for him.‚ÄĚ
Read more at The Boot.
See all of Chesney’s scheduled tour dates and get tickets here.
Kenny Chesney has added another act to his stadium shows in 2015: Old Dominion.
Old Dominion say that when they began opening for Chase Rice this fall, they had to quickly eliminate any valleys from their up-and down set. Next summer, when they play stadiums as a featured act on Kenny Chesney‚Äės the Big Revival Tour, the five-piece independent band will need to raise the peaks even higher.
They‚Äôre ready for it. The ‚ÄėShut Me Up‚Äô singers have long been simmering as country up-and-comers. 2014 brought some success with airplay on SiriusXM and Spotify. All five men are also accomplished songwriters, so they straddle both sides of the streaming debate.
‚ÄúYeah, there‚Äôs a lot of people out there, like a lot of people out there that wouldn‚Äôt know our music if it wasn‚Äôt for Spotify,‚ÄĚ singer Matthew Ramsey tells Taste of Country as his bandmates nod in agreement.
‚ÄúIf you listen to these interviews with a lot of big artists, they kind of give in to the fact that yeah, if you need to be discovered it‚Äôs a huge tool,‚ÄĚ bassist Geoff Sprung adds.
Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean recently hung together at a Nashville area Buffalo Wild Wings.
Jason recently posted a photo on Instagram of himself partying with Kenny. It turns out Jason just sat down at the restaurant with his girlfriend, Brittany Kerr, when he got a call from Kenny.
Jason says, “He goes, ‘Well, I’m at somewhere. We’ve been drinking margaritas all day.’ I was like, ‘Well, come over here and meet us. We just sat down. We’ll have a beer. Whatever.'”
Jason’s invitation turned to hours of drinking beer, tequila and rum once Kenny showed up.
“All I do know is, I think we ended up calling a car to take us home,” Jason says. He adds, “Kenny, he’s a funny dude, man.”
Says Jason, “He’s a good guy to kind to have there to kinda talk to about stuff and bounce ideas off of, and been there-done that kind of thing. And still, as long as he has been in the business, he still loves what he does.”
Jason just headlined stadiums in Cleveland and Cincinnati this weekend, and he expects Kenny to get back out on the concert trail in a big way in 2015, too.
Jason says with a laugh, “I know he’s taking some time off right now, and he’s, like, already over it. He’s ready to get on the road.”
Read more at ABC News Radio.
On Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, George Strait ended his final tour of his career in front of over 100,000 fans at AT&T Stadium. Kenny Chesney was one of the many big names that joined Strait on stage during the show.
The 104,793 people in attendance made history ‚ÄĒ the event marked a new record for largest indoor concert in North America, easily zapping the earlier high mark of around 87,500, set in 1981 by the Rolling Stones at the Louisiana Superdome. Coincidentally, 1981 is when Strait launched his career with the single ‚ÄúUnwound‚ÄĚ and the album Strait Country.
At 10:40 p.m. Saturday, after 41 songs, nine superstar guest appearances (plus a couple of numbers with his son, songwriter-performer George Jr., known as Bubba) and hundreds of thousands of beers and sodas in George Strait souvenir cups consumed, the 62-year-old cowboy did indeed amble away ‚ÄĒ not riding, exactly, but no doubt buoyed by the crowd‚Äôs earsplitting cheers and what seemed like a never-ending standing (and jumping) ovation (many fans stood for the entire show).
Chesney joined Strait late in the show for “Ocean Front Property” and “The Fireman.”
Others that joined Strait on stage included Vince Gill, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, and Miranda Lambert.
Read more about the epic show here and here.
(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
George Strait is currently on his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, and made his final tour stop in Nashville on Friday night.
Eric Church and Kenny Chesney were both surprise guests at the show in Bridgestone Arena. Chesney helped Strait out with “Amarillo By Morning.”
When Strait plays his final show in Dallas on June 7th, Chesney will help send the King off along with Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.
Watch video of the Nashville performance:
A year ago, Kenny Chesney appeared with many other artists at the Musicare’s Person of the Year event honoring Bruce Springsteen.
An upcoming DVD of the show will be released, including Kenny’s performance of “One Step Up.”
The concert, which was hosted by Jon Stewart, acknowledges both The Boss‚Äôs 40-year career, as well as his many charitable contributions, including his tireless efforts for his home state of New Jersey. He was named the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2013, in recognition of his dedication and generosity.
Other artists appearing in the film include Elton John, Mavis Staples, John Legend, Patti Smith and the Alabama Shakes, along with Springsteen and his E Street Band. See a complete track listing below.
The DVD will be available on March 25.
1. ‚ÄėAdam Raised a Cain,‚Äô Alabama Shakes
2. ‚ÄėBecause the Night,‚Äô Patti Smith
3. ‚ÄėAtlantic City,‚Äô Natalie Maines, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
4. ‚ÄėAmerican Land,‚Äô Ken Casey
5. ‚ÄėMy City of Ruins,‚Äô Mavis Staples and Zac Brown
6. ‚ÄėI‚Äôm On Fire,‚Äô Mumford and Sons
7. ‚ÄėAmerican Skin (41 Shots),‚Äô Jackson Browne and Tom Morello
8. ‚ÄėMy Hometown,‚Äô Emmylou Harris
9. ‚ÄėOne Step Up,‚Äô Kenny Chesney
10. ‚ÄėStreets of Philadelphia,‚Äô Elton John
11. ‚ÄėHungry Heart,‚Äô Juanes
12. ‚ÄėTougher Than the Rest,‚Äô Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
13. ‚ÄėThe Ghost of Tom Joad,‚Äô Jim James and Tom Morello
14. ‚ÄėDancing in the Dark,‚Äô John Legend
15. ‚ÄėLonesome Day,‚Äô Sting
16. ‚ÄėBorn in the USA,‚Äô Neil Young with Crazy Horse
17. ‚ÄėWe Take Care of Our Own,‚Äô Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
18. ‚ÄėDeath to My Hometown,‚Äô Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
19. ‚ÄėThunder Road,‚Äô Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
20. ‚ÄėBorn to Run,‚Äô Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
21. ‚ÄėGlory Days,‚Äô Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band & cast ensemble
Pre-order the DVD here