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Second Single Released from New Album

posted August 12th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

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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.

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Chesney Notches 45th Top 10 Song

posted July 3rd, 2014 at 9:45 pm

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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.

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Watch the “American Kids” Music Video

posted June 30th, 2014 at 8:04 am

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by Josh

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, “American Kids” 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.

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“American Kids” Most-Added New Song

posted June 24th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

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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.

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Listen to New Single “American Kids” Now

posted June 20th, 2014 at 9:46 am

by Josh

news_americankidsKenny Chesney’s new single is out!

Get it at iTunes right now

“American Kids” can be heard in full below, or catch it on No Shoes Radio each hour all day long.

“When I heard it, I knew I was gonna cut it,” Chesney says in a press release. “It was unlike anything I’d ever heard –- and I listen to a lot of songs. The rhythms, the images, the way the melody moved… It just grabs you and holds on, but even more importantly, it feels really good.”

“Hey, life is hard,” Chesney reflects. “People work long hours, have all kinds of stuff going on in their personal lives. But if there’s one thing I’ve seen over the last 10 years, looking out at the faces in the crowd: you can’t keep my fans down. These are people who no matter what are in love with life, and they’re gonna find the good times no matter what.”

How do you like it?

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Kenny Gives Details on New Single “American Kids”

posted June 10th, 2014 at 11:25 am

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Last week Kenny Chesney previewed the first single off of his upcoming album, and over at The Boot he gives some more details on the song:

Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, the multi-tempo song celebrates the spirit of America’s young people.

“When I heard it, I knew I was gonna cut it,” Chesney says in a press release. “It was unlike anything I’d ever heard –- and I listen to a lot of songs. The rhythms, the images, the way the melody moved… It just grabs you and holds on, but even more importantly, it feels really good.”

The superstar first heard the song on a writing trip with McAnally, who wrote his previous hits ‘Come Over’ and ‘Somewhere With You.’ The infectious tune contains the line, “A little messed up, but we’re alright.”

“Hey, life is hard,” Chesney reflects. “People work long hours, have all kinds of stuff going on in their personal lives. But if there’s one thing I’ve seen over the last 10 years, looking out at the faces in the crowd: you can’t keep my fans down. These are people who no matter what are in love with life, and they’re gonna find the good times no matter what.”

He adds, “It’s not a perfect world. We are all a little screwed up, but we’re all okay. I love the idea of the screw up as part of it, because honestly it makes the parts that’re great, that much better. You appreciate those things that much more.”

“American Kids” will be released to country radio on June 20th.

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New Single from Chesney Coming Soon

posted June 2nd, 2014 at 7:05 am

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Kenny Chesney’s new album will drop in September, but you won’t have to wait that long to hear the new music.

Kenny has released a short trailer for “American Kids,” his first single from the new album. It will be released June 23rd. The only words in the tease… “we’re a little messed up but we’re all alright.”

Watch the preview below:

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Kenny’s Favorite Christmas Song

posted December 20th, 2013 at 10:36 am

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As we near Christmas, CMT dishes on Kenny Chesney and his favorite holiday song:

It makes total sense that the East Tennessee native loves the song [Christmas in Dixie] so much. It’s the perfect illustration of the environment that molded and shaped him, set against the backdrop of the most festive and nostalgic time of year.

“Growing up in the South, I can just remember hearing that a lot,” Chesney said. “I mean every Christmas, you heard Alabama. You heard Randy Owen singing ‘Christmas in Dixie.’ It’s just one of those songs that my hometown radio station played every year. I always remember loving that song.”

Once he got into the music business, Chesney became friends with Owen and his Alabama bandmates. In fact, Owen provided guest vocals when Chesney recorded a version of “Christmas in Dixie” for his 2003 album, All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan.

“They just mean so much to me,” Chesney said. “And to have Randy come in and lend his voice to one of my records was just an awesome feeling — something I will be able to have forever. It’s pretty cool.”

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Watch Premiere of Kenny Chesney’s “Spread The Love” Video

posted December 13th, 2013 at 8:39 am

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by Josh

The music video for Kenny Chesney’s “Spread The Love” debuts today at RollingStone.com.

Click here to watch the video

More info from CountryMusicRocks

Shot during a break on Chesney’s 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour, “Spread the Love” is the antithesis of 19 NFL stadiums and 1.25 million fans. Instead of the centrifugal force of Chesney’s road life, the clip documents Chesney with Barrett, Alvin “Secco” Patterson and the rest of the Wailers Band, as well as capturing Hope House, Tuff Gong Studios and the myriad faces and places on the island.

“It was important to me to seek the heart of what those men represent,” Chesney says of the clip. “The tremendous love in the Wailers’ music, and hope against often unthinkable odds. In spite of the hardships, Bob Marley was always about hope… and love… and that is what makes this music endure. If this video can give people a glimpse of where it comes from, the things that is made of, then I think we’ve deepened what ‘Spread the Love’ is about, and reminded people of the amazing men who created these songs.”

You can support the Spread The Love Fund here.

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“When I See This Bar” Video Debuting Soon

posted July 8th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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by Josh

Kenny Chesney will debut the music video for his latest single “When I See This Bar” on July 18th!

When Kenny started thinking about debuting the intimate and deeply personal video for “When I See This Bar,” he knew he wanted to take the clip somewhere that wasn’t obvious. The largely man and his guitar performance piece is filled by locations he knows by heart, and the fact almost everyone has these same places in their own lives, he wanted to premiere where anyone who’s ever had friends, grown up, lost people they cared about and celebrated their little victories could experience the clip.

USA Today seemed the only option. Having already hailed “Pirate Flag” as their Song of the Week before Life On a Rock’s first single was even released and devoting an entire page to the mechanics of a stadium show in 2005, Chesney has always see the paper as a place where America finds its news. On July 18, USA Today will also be the place America can find “When I See This Bar,” which is already top 20 on the country singles charts and climbing.

“I think people, whether they’re country fans, music fans or just alive, all have a place like this, a place where they grew up, fell in love, learned to move on,” Chesney says. “You may never go back there, or only go back as a pilgrimage to who you were and how much you’ve grown… But that place? That place is always alive in your heart.”

Shot on location in the Virgin Islands and in rehearsals for his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour, “When I See This Bar” captures the man beyond the footlights. Interwoven with pictures of his years and friends in the islands, footage of ad libbed late night bar jams and moments that are long gone, Chesney sought to offer up the “boy coming into his own” from the song co-written with Keith Gattis.

“It doesn’t matter where I go, everybody I talk to has that bar,” explains Chesney. “When I was in college, we had a bar we went to that first week, and it was where we all had one last beer before we graduated… The people who read USA Today, they’re just like me and my friends. They know this journey, so I was happy the editors wanted to team with us for this video’s premiere.”

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