At a recent event at BMI, Kenny Chesney was on hand along with the songwriters for “American Kids” and “Til It’s Gone” to celebrate both songs reaching number one back to back.
Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally wrote “American Kids,” the first single from Chesney’s “The Big Revival” album. Clawson, David Lee Murphy and Jimmy Yeary penned “Til It’s Gone.” All of the men were present Tuesday at BMI where their publishing companies lavished them with praise and commemorative plaques to celebrate the occasion.
The writers had many thank yous to say to Chesney for recording their songs.
“Kenny is the soundtrack to our lives,” said McAnally. “The fact that he recorded any of my songs at all blows my mind. … I’m just so blessed I get to do this for a living.”
Chesney said he knew he wanted to record both songs as soon as he heard them.
“I had a vision of what I wanted (album) ‘The Big Revival’ to be,” Chesney said. “I didn’t want to do what I had done, and I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing. I had a small target to hit.”
When McAnally played him “American Kids,” Chesney said he knew in seven or eight seconds that he wanted to record it.
“I thought it was a song that I could wrap my album around,” Chesney said. “You have no idea how much fun it is to sing on stage and I’m so happy that for the rest of my life I get to sing it.”
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Kenny Chesney is reuniting with Grace Potter for his next single. After hitting number one with the first two tracks off The Big Revival, “Wild Child” heads to country radio.
The singer reunites with Grace Potter on the track, which is featured on his album ‚ÄėThe Big Revival.‚Äô He co-wrote the song with Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally.
Chesney says that the lyrics basically describe all the women he‚Äôs ever been attracted to ‚ÄĒ and he‚Äôs taking a stand against the way the ‚Äúbro-country‚ÄĚ movement sings about women.
‚ÄúOver the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she‚Äôs in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate ‚ÄĒ they objectify the hell out of them,‚ÄĚ Chesney says. ‚ÄúTwenty years ago, I might have written a song like that ‚ÄĒ I probably did. But I‚Äôm at a point where I want to say something different about women.‚ÄĚ
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Kenny Chesney is 2 for 2 with songs from his new album The Big Revival as “Til It’s Gone” hit number one this week on the Mediabase country airplay chart.
This is Kenny’s 26th song to top the chart.
“It’s hard to get your head around that,” Chesney says. “But I’m glad it could be this song. Because this one was very much from me to you – the fans.”
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.”
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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
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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.