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 Bossâs 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. âAdam Raised a Cain,â Alabama Shakes
2. âBecause the Night,â Patti Smith
3. âAtlantic City,â Natalie Maines, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
4. âAmerican Land,â Ken Casey
5. âMy City of Ruins,â Mavis Staples and Zac Brown
6. âIâm On Fire,â Mumford and Sons
7. âAmerican Skin (41 Shots),â Jackson Browne and Tom Morello
8. âMy Hometown,â Emmylou Harris
9. âOne Step Up,â Kenny Chesney
10. âStreets of Philadelphia,â Elton John
11. âHungry Heart,â Juanes
12. âTougher Than the Rest,â Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
13. âThe Ghost of Tom Joad,â Jim James and Tom Morello
14. âDancing in the Dark,â John Legend
15. âLonesome Day,â Sting
16. âBorn in the USA,â Neil Young with Crazy Horse
17. âWe Take Care of Our Own,â Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
18. âDeath to My Hometown,â Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
19. âThunder Road,â Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
20. âBorn to Run,â Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
21. âGlory Days,â Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band & cast ensemble
George Strait will play his final tour in 2014, and Kenny Chesney is one of the many top stars that will join him at his final show in Dallas on June 7th.
The closing show of Georgeâs The Cowboy Rides Away Tourâhis last as a touring artistâwill take place June 7, 2014, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, otherwise known as the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Joining George to sing three songs each will be an incredible lineup of guests including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.
Opening the show will be George’s friends, beloved Texas swing group Asleep at the Wheel.
Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public Friday, Dec. 6, and can be purchased through Georgeâs website.
Strait hinted back in May that Chesney would join him next year.
âKenny and I have been friends for a long time; we worked together in the stadium days, and other times, too. Donât be surprised if you see him out next year with us somewhere. Weâve got some big plans.â
Kenny Chesney made a surprise appearance at Grace Potter’s show in Vermont on Saturday night.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals closed out the first night of the Grand Point North music festival in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday night, with a little help from their friends. Joined on stage by members of Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band, Joshua Panda & The Hot Damned, and The Felice Brothers, frontwoman Grace Potter led the audience in a modified cover of Eric Clapton’s hit, “Cocaine,” singing, “You do what you want when you live in Vermont, cocaine.”
But the night’s real surprise came a few songs earlier, when country superstar Kenny Chesney joined Potter on stage to perform their 2011 chart-topping duet, “You And Tequila.” Dressed down in a trucker hat and hoodie, Chesney stuck around for a moving take on Bruce Springsteen’s, “I’m On Fire.”
Kenny Chesney played to a sold-out crowd at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Saturday night. After performing the song “When I See This Bar” with Eric Church, Kenny led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to George Strait who turned 60.
ââWhen I See This Barâ is the kind of song you have to have lived,â Kenny said. âMost people do, they just never step back and realize what all those lost nights, afternoon beers and friendships really mean. They make you who are, get you through tough things and get you laughingâŠ Obviously, âWhen I See This Barâ is important to me; I know Ericâs been there, too, and knows that power of place, so it was great to get him up there.â
Following âWhen I See This Bar,â Kenny made a spur of the moment decision to have the capacity crowd sing âHappy Birthdayâ to George Strait, who was turning 60. He promised the enthusiastic crowd he would email the performance to George.
âThatâs one of the things about this life â and the people of the No Shoes Nation,â he said. âThere are so many crazy, nonlinear things you can do if you can dream them. The fans feed me to dream outside the lines â like singing âHappy Birthdayâ to George â and thatâs one of the best parts of making a life making music.â
In an interview with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton, George Strait hinted that Kenny Chesney may be included in his 2014 farewell tour plans:
âWeâve got some surprises up our sleeve, so next yearâs gonna be fun,â Strait tells Country Countdown USAâs Lon Helton.
Though he doesnât say exactly where or when Chesney might figure into those plans, Strait adds, âKenny and I have been friends for a long time; we worked together in the stadium days, and other times, too. Donât be surprised if you see him out next year with us somewhere. Weâve got some big plans.â
The pair recorded together on âShiftwork,â a No. 1 duet from 2007. Prior to that, Strait recalls that Chesney and Tim McGraw were touring with his George Strait Country Music Festival in 2000 when they pulled an infamous stunt that got them arrested. Chesney was reportedly riding a police officerâs horse backstage without permission, and when two officers tried to stop him, McGraw and his manager stepped in. A small scuffle ensued, and both stars were jailed. They were later cleared of all charges.
âI was there fixinâ to go onstage in Buffalo when he and Kenny got thrown in the pokey,â Strait recalls. âIt was so funny because I got the word the police had them right as I was walking on stage. It was a heck of a night waitinâ up for those guys to get back in.â
Kenny Chesney will be one of many luminaries at the public funeral for George Jones on Thursday in Nashville.
The Thursday funeral service for George Jones will bring a morning full of music from his fellow country stars and will also feature appearances by former first lady Laura Bush, Governor Bill Haslam and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Others announced to take the Grand Ole Opry House stage for the public funeral, whether performing or speaking, are Kenny Chesney, Charlie Daniels, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Wynonna Judd, Kid Rock, Patty Loveless, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, the Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, CBS Newsâ Bob Schieffer, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, and Tanya Tucker with The Imperials.
Many other fellow artists are expected to attend the Thursday service, which comes the day after family, friends and fellow performers are expected for a private Wednesday-evening visitation.
Thursdayâs public funeral at the Grand Ole Opry House is certain to be a major draw for fans near and far. The Opry House, which seats 4,400, is at 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. The service begins at 10 a.m.
Tim Hensley, a multi-instrumentalist and recording artist who spent 11 years as a key member of country superstar Kenny Chesneyâs touring band and in-studio team, died today. He was 50 years old and suffered from liver failure.
Mr. Hensley also spent 10 years in Patty Lovelessâ band, and a year with Ricky Skaggs. A superb harmony vocalist, he sang on major albums including Chesneyâs âWhen The Sun Goes Downâ and âNo Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,â Skaggsâ âCominâ Home To Stayâ and Lovelessâ âWhen Fallen Angels Flyâ and âTrouble With The Truth.â His vocals onstage and in the studio were a hallmark of Lovelessâ live shows and records in the 1990s.
Mr. Hensleyâs one solo album, 2008âs âLong Monday,â came about after years of singing and playing bluegrass songs with Chesney and other band members. When Chesneyâs concerts were over and before the show moved on to the next city on the tour, Mr. Hensley would often lead informal sessions on a tour bus. The music always tended toward bluegrass, with plenty of nights featuring re-workings of standard âWorkinâ On A Buildingâ or of the Herb Pedersen-penned âWait A Minute.â
âWe sat so many nights backstage, or in a dressing room or on a bus, and started up a bluegrass jam session with Tim Hensley as the ringleader,â Chesney told The Tennessean in 2008. âI told him one day, âI donât know how or when, but Iâm going to capture you doing this.ââ
Chesney and Buddy Cannon produced âLong Monday,â an album that found Hensley singing a mixture of bluegrass and Americana songs – some from his own pen, some from writers such as John Prine, Keith Sykes, John Scott Sherrill, Carl Jackson and Rodney Crowell – with guests including Loveless, Vince Gill and Sonya Isaacs. âLong Mondayâ became a Top 10 album on bluegrass charts, and Mr. Hensley realized a childhood dream when he played the Grand Ole Opry on April 4, 2008
Legendary country icon George Jones passed away Friday morning at the age of 81. For Kenny Chesney, Jones was like a father.
âHe had a voice that was the truth, raw and unfiltered. You canât get any realer, any more tortured or any more alive. No one can do what George Jones does, and thatâs why 50 years later, he still stands out as one of the greatest singers in any genre of all time. âŠ We were great friends, but it was really more like a father/son relationship. He even showed up in Lexington, Kentucky two years ago to surprise me onstage for my birthdayâŠ all the way from Nashville, to surprise me and sing âHe Stopped Loving Her Todayâ with me, which will be one of the greatest memories of my life. âŠ When I was just staring out, and I was picked to open the George Jones-Tammy Wynette Reunion Tour, I thought Iâd made itâŠ Then one night, George asked me if I was heading home because he and Nancy had a plane, and theyâd take me,â Chesney recalls. âI remember sitting there on that jet, thinking, âThis canât be happeningâ because he was George Jones, and I was some kid from nowhere.â Iâm sure he knew, but he was generous to kids chasing the dream, and I never forgot it.â
In an interview a couple years ago, George praised Kenny and spoke about their relationship:
I love Kenny, and he has remained as close as a son to me. My stepdaughter with Nancy worked for Morris Management, who manages Kenny. Kenny was just starting out and we all agreed to bring him along on the tour. He took his first private plane trip with me and he was just thrilled. In fact, he wore overalls that day and gave them to me. I have them framed down in my memorabilia basement! Through the years, Kenny always stayed in touch and, as he became such a big star, he never forgot me. We do little surprises for each other. Just a couple of months ago, I surprised him on tour and walked out onstage singing to him. He just about fell over. He was so happy and emotional. He knows I donât normally show up at other peopleâs shows, and it was a wonderful moment between us. We had dinner back in Nashville a couple of nights later. Kenny is a good, good man and I think of him as a son â and he calls me âDad.â I am so proud of all that heâs accomplished, and he has stayed the same down to earth humble guy that heâs always been.
“I’ve been lucky to get some good advice along the way from different people,” Kacey tells The Boot. “Most recently, I joined the Kenny Chesney tour. After our first show with him, as the tour president, he gave me a really nice guitar and a really sweet note that he wrote. When he gave it to me he was like, ‘I know things can be overwhelming at times and all this can bring elements of that, but don’t let it become anything more than us up here having fun and playing music because that’s what we’re here for.’”
There’s publicity obligations and fan reaction and so much more, but this singer-songwriter is doing her best to take Kenny’s advice. “I try to remember that,” she says. “There’s politics, like with any job, that get involved, but it’s all about the music.”
Being on tour with the “Pirate Flag” singer is allowing Kacey to see him from a perspective not everyone is so lucky to see. “Kenny is this massive, worldwide star. People come from miles and miles to see him by the thousands. It’s pretty insane. He’s the most genuine, down-to-earth country boy that you could meet. You can totally tell whenever you meet him that nothing’s going to his head. He likes being around real people and you can tell by the crew that he has around and the way they treat him and the way that he treats everybody else that he’s just genuine.”
Kenny Chesney was one of the many artists on hand Friday night to honor Bruce Springsteen as the MusicCares Person of the Year.
“This is the Italian wedding Patti [Scialfa] and I never had,” Bruce Springsteen joked in a charming, self-deprecating and passionate speech as he accepted the MusiCareâs 2013 Person of the Year honors last night at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Springsteenâs presence indicates the level of prestige held by the MusiCares award, which celebrates a performerâs extraordinary artistic achievements and philanthropic efforts. (Previous honorees have included the likes of Paul McCartney and Bono.) A key event during Grammy week, the annual Music Awards black-tie gala has become, since its inception in 1989, one of the premier music-industry gatherings for stars and suits alike. Indeed, Springsteen was clearly aware of the crowdâs baller status: “Dig in, one-percenters!” he goaded the more than 3,000 attendees during the auction, eventually netting a winning bid of $250,000 for the Telecaster package alone.
The eventâs true draw, however, proved the elite talent assembled onstage to commemorate Springsteenâs legacy in what host Jon Stewart called “a 2 1/2 hour tribute to his music â for Bruce, that’s just tuning up.” The stage featured esteemed musicians from various generations of music history ranging through Springsteenâs repertoire, with frequently sublime results. The bill kicked off spectacularly with the Alabama Shakesâ loping, gritty take on “Adam Raised A Cain,” nearly surpassing the originalâs raspy grandeur. Next up was Patti Smith, who gave the eveningâs most cathartic moment with an intense performance of her smash Springsteen collaboration, “Because The Night.” Mumford & Sonsâ turned “Iâm On Fire” into an impressively stirring, banjo-driven Americana anthem, while Jackson Browneâs voice rang out like a liberty bell on a profoundly moving “American Skin (41 Shots).” Bruce himself was caught on camera mouthing “Beautiful!” during Emmylou Harrisâ gossamer rendering of “Your Hometown”; Kenny Chesney, meanwhile, provided one of the nightâs best, most unexpected performances with his heartbreaking acoustic adaptation of “One Step Up.” “Tougher Than The Rest” got a wonderfully tender new-country makeover via Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, while Sting proved surprisingly ebullient on a Gospel-driven “Lonesome Day.”
Watch Kenny on the red carpet talk about the song “One Step Up” and what it means to him:
Kenny was also interviewed at rehearsal for the event. Watch it here.