Kenny Chesney announced today his first holiday single since 2003’s All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan. The new single, “Christmas In Blue Chair Bay” is already airing on No Shoes Radio, and is available at iTunes.
“It seems like there are few times of the year when you can really unplug, really just be in the moment with your family and your friends – and celebrate how great life is,” Chesney says. “Over the last ten years, I’ve really come to appreciate that time off, and what those connections mean, and I wanted to share that feeling with my friends through music.
Kicked back, “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay” celebrates the chilled-out side of Chesney’s appeal. Taking it easy, loving life and painting a picture of a simple place where the emphasis is on what’s shared between people, it is a different kind of holiday song, but one that paints the fidelity among people with a genuine sense of warmth.
Produced with Buddy Cannon, this is Chesney’s first Christmas music since 2003’s nearly-Platinum All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan. Mixing originals with Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper,” Alabama’s “Christmas In Dixie” and Keith Whitley’s “Just a Kid” and classics “Silent Night” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” its release caused lines so long at Minneapolis’ Mall of America three days before release it prompted the installation of heating units and porta-potties for the people waiting.
“I don’t know that anything I’ll ever do around the holidays will have that kind of response,” Chesney laughs about the album that also featured the debut of the Grigsby Twins on vocals. “But I do know that my family really loves Christmas – and I was in the mood, especially with the time I’ve been spending in Barbados with my rum, to try and distill how slow and sweet the holidays in the islands are when we can get there.”
For anyone who savors Chesney’s unique mix of sea salt, small towns, unwinding and enjoying life and the people you’re with right where you are, this song hits the nerve. As the lyrics invite, “Everybody raise a glass with me right now/ To all of those up in the snow from all of us down South/ ‘Tis the season for believing and faith and family/ I wish you were here with me…”
With the release of ‘The Big Revival’ only one week away, Kenny Chesney is giving you a chance to listen to six more songs from the album.
Head over to CMT.com to stream the following tracks:
- Drink It Up
- Til It’s Gone
- Wild Child
- Rock Bottom
- Don’t It
- Save It For A Rainy Day
You’ve previously been able to listen to “The Big Revival,” “Flora-Bama,” and “American Kids.” That just leaves “Beer Can Chicken” and “If This Bus Could Talk.”
Preorder ‘The Big Revival’ now at Walmart.com.
Kenny Chesney has made available for listening a third song from his new album The Big Revival, and this one’s the title track.
‚ÄúThe philosophy behind putting ‚ÄėThe Big Revival‚Äô first was to set a tone,‚ÄĚ Chesney tells Radio.com. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs things about religion that I don‚Äôt necessarily agree with or understand, but I‚Äôm a big believer in spirituality ‚ÄĒ I‚Äôve seen songs change people, and that‚Äôs spiritual.
‚ÄúBut ‚ÄėThe Big Revival‚Äô is really about picking yourself up off the bottom, reclaiming your soul, restarting,‚ÄĚ he adds. ‚ÄúThat was everything I wanted to say to my audience ‚ÄĒ and you have to think about that, you have to think, ‚ÄėOkay, we took a year off, now what am I going to say to these people, who have been there for me for a long time?‚Äô And the idea of ‚ÄėThe Big Revival‚Äô was it.‚ÄĚ
You can pre-order The Big Revival now at Walmart.com.
Kenny Chesney has released a second song from his upcoming album The Big Revival. This one, “Flora-Bama,” is “a sweeping song about laying back at the seminal bar on the Alabama/Florida state line.”
“It’s a very specific song about a very specific place,” Chesney says, “but it’s also a song for anyone who has somewhere they go to let their mind unwind. It’s about bein’ easy, but bein’ engaged. Because – as I’ve said – places like the Flora-Bama are what life is all about.”
Written with David Lee Murphy (“Livin’ In Fast Forward,” “Dust On The Bottle”), “Flora-Bama” is a fistful of postcards from the sort of lazy afternoon that is no hurry, but feels absolutely alive. Inspired by a real place, the pair sought to capture the perfect suspension between having the time of your life and being so relaxed you don’t really care about what happens, you’re just enjoying the moment.
“I got a call from a good friend who’d been sittin’ in the Flora-Bama all afternoon,” Chesney explains. “He’d just ducked in for a beer, and six hours later, he’d emerged with a bunch of new friends, a great time and the sort of memory you keep going back to. David Lee and I were trying to write, and of course, he’d been there. We got to talkin’ about it, and next thing you know, we were halfway through the song!”
“It’s one of those songs that could almost be the National Anthem for the No Shoes Nation,” Chesney marvels. “The idea of a place where when you unplug, you can kick back, be with your friends and really enjoy the time. I love that the FloraBama is an actual place; but, it’s as much a state of mind… and being. When you listen past the details, the melody really brings that – and you can feel what I’m talking about.”
Pre-order The Big Revival at iTunes now, and get the two released singles above.
Kenny Chesney’s new single “American Kids” has made a strong charge up the Hot Country Songs Chart in the two weeks it’s been out:
Just in time for July 4, Kenny Chesney charges 17-6 on Hot Country Songs with “American Kids,” the chart’s top Digital Gainer. It roars 7-1 on Country Digital Songs (74,000, up 87 percent) following its first full week of retail availability. It also enters Country Streaming Songs at No. 14 (624,000, up 392 percent); its official clip premiered Monday (June 30), likely translating to even greater streaming gains next week. On Country Airplay, “Kids” climbs 27-20 (18 million, up 39 percent).
“Kids” is Chesney’s 45th Hot Country Songs top 10. Dating to his first week in the top bracket (with “Fall in Love,” June 24, 1995), he passes Tim McGraw (44) for the most top 10s among all acts in that span.
Grab “American Kids” at iTunes now.
The music video for Kenny Chesney’s new single “American Kids” is out this morning and you can watch it below.
Directed by Shaun Silva and shot in and around Southern California, ‚ÄúAmerican Kids‚ÄĚ features an eclectic group of young men and women, making music, feeling wholly alive and savoring the adventure in a crazy painted school bus. The bus, painted specifically for the clip, is meant to represent getting beyond what you know and coloring outside the lines.
Download the single now at iTunes.
Kenny Chesney knew he had something special when he heard “American Kids,” but he didn’t think he’d hit the kind of nerve the decidedly icon-invoking tribute to being young and alive in the U.S. has struck. Hitting radio Friday, June 20 at 6 a.m. and iTunes at 7 p.m., the first single from Chesney’s eagerly anticipated fall release debuted at #27 on Billboard and #31 on Country Aircheck/Mediabase. With little more than two days play, it topped iTunes Country Songs chart and hit the all-genre Top 10 over the weekend.
“I knew it was one of the freshest things in a long time when I heard it,” says the songwriter from Luttrell, Tennessee. “And then I heard it on the radio, and I couldn’t believe how great it sounded! ‘American Kids’ sounded as freewheeling and free-spirited as the folks I’m singing about… and no matter how old you are, I promise, unless you were one of those kids who just didn’t like fun, you know just how alive this feels.”
Bowing on NoShoesRadio.com at 6 a.m., mainstream radio took up the single – and by chart close Monday, 116 stations added the song. But beyond (un)conventional media, the song is making its way virally. Myriad covers are hitting the internet, including Angie Keilhauer, whose driving, smoky rendition caught Chesney’s eye. “It’s crazy what’s going on with it,” Chesney laughs. “People feel just like I do about this song. They love how it makes them feel, where it takes them in their life. You don’t need a big party to have fun, it’s right where you are and how you take it.
With a chorus that contains the salvo: “a little messed up, but we’re all alright,” the Shane McAnally/Luke Laird/Rodney Clawson song mines three rhythms, two works and so many iconics you can’t count’ em. But what can be measured is the smile-induction factor. For Chesney, who’s been creating trends rather than following them since his breakthrough No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems and When the Sun Goes Down, he was seeking something that was fun but didn’t sacrifice innovative songs or unique approach that have seen him teaming with Dave Matthews, Uncle Kracker, the Wailers and Grace Potter on a series of outside the lines #1s.
“I never want to repeat myself,” laughs the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” about his upcoming project. “When you’ve had the kind of songs I’ve been able to find, it gets harder every time. But I believe creativity is something you create – with time, passion and talented friends! I hate not playing to the fans this summer, but the response to ‘American Kids’ tells me it was the right thing.”
“American Kids” celebrates how people live, capturing the details, realities and euphoria that defines being wildly alive.
Get “American Kids” now at iTunes.