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.”
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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.
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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.
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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
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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 George‚Äôs The Cowboy Rides Away Tour‚ÄĒhis last as a touring artist‚ÄĒwill 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 George‚Äôs website.
Strait hinted back in May that Chesney would join him next year.
‚ÄúKenny and I have been friends for a long time; we worked together in the stadium days, and other times, too. Don‚Äôt be surprised if you see him out next year with us somewhere. We‚Äôve got some big plans.‚ÄĚ
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.”