âMiranda is a fine artist and a world class singer,â Chesney said after. âTo be able to sing with her on âYou and Tequilaâ was amazing, because of the grit she brings with the sweet.â
âAfter that, we couldnât do just one.â
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 â and last â 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 â 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.”
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 Straitâs farewell concert in June.
âKenny and I were talking, and I told him, âThis was the most fun Iâve ever hadâ âŠ It just has this vibe that I loved. When you get that going on in a tour, people feel that,â Church tells CMT. âSo I told Kenny, âHey man, if you got a few shows, Iâll ride with youâ âŠ I just hope we attack the stage.â
âWe 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,â Aldean says. âBy the time we were at B-Dubs, everything was already in the works.â
Church will perform five dates with Chesney. Aldean is set to perform 10 dates on the tour, and he says heâs looking forward to gaining from Chesneyâs extensive touring experience.
âIâm sure Iâll learn some stuff from him out there,â he says, âand I like to think that I bring something to the table that will be something he can take away from that. Heâs been doing this longer than I have. And heâs done it the right way â and built a career from nothing â so I have a ton of respect for him.â
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 Chesneyâs the Big Revival Tour, the five-piece independent band will need to raise the peaks even higher.
Theyâre ready for it. The âShut Me Upâ 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.
âYeah, thereâs a lot of people out there, like a lot of people out there that wouldnât know our music if it wasnât for Spotify,â singer Matthew Ramsey tells Taste of Country as his bandmates nod in agreement.
âIf 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 itâs a huge tool,â 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.”
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 â 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 âUnwoundâ 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 â not riding, exactly, but no doubt buoyed by the crowdâs 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.
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.