Is a new album coming for Kenny Chesney? (Updated 6/5/14)
Kenny Chesney had a grand plan for 2014 – take the year off from touring to focus on making an album. But Chesney never said he was going to stick to his word, though he isn't exactly hitting the road again.
The country heartthrob found one opportunity he couldn't pass up when he was invited by actor Matthew McConaughey and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to play their benefit on May 17 at the House of Blues. The price to get into the exclusive gig in which Chesney played an hour-long acoustic set? A hefty $350, with all proceeds benefiting McConaughey's charity called Just Keep Livin' Foundation and Brees' charity The Brees Dream Foundation.
Chesney has been working on the aforementioned new album, which is slated to be released in fall 2014, since last October. It will be his 15th studio project, following 2013's "Life on the Rock" and 2012's "Welcome to the Fishbowl." Though no release date has been announced, Chesney sent a rather cryptic tweet to fans on May 28 that said, "9.30.14." A clue, perhaps?
Though he's been off the road and away from the fans, Chesney was the recent recipient of a pretty big honor. The crooner was named in Billboard's recent list of Top Live Acts of the past quarter century, with his live shows having grossed ninth highest on the list. Other artists named included the Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen, and though Chsney took a bread from the road in both 2010 and 2014, he was still able to sell 12,681,629 tickets while playing NFL stadiums around the country.
Chesney still waving a Pirate Flag (Updated July 11, 2013)
Kenny Chesney is still living his "Life on the Rock," as evidenced by the release of his sixteenth studio album on April 30, 2013 via Blue Chair/Columbia Records. Holding a co-write on eight of the album's ten tracks, it's safe to say that Chesney's head is still in the sand – and we mean that as a compliment.
Ask any mainstream artist if they've managed to record an entire album in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Jamaica, Key West, London and Nashville – as Chesney managed on this latest project. It might be impossible for most, but not for a guy like Chesney -- who managed to craft another soundtrack for a laid-back, lazy summer. But has this road warrior decided to take his foot off the gas pedal and stay true to the island life? Hardly.
For the third year in a row, Chesney chose Tampa, Florida and Raymond James Stadium as the location to kick off his 2013 "No Shoes Nation" Tour on March 16, 2013. Rolling along through the summer, it will include supporting acts Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church. It comes on the heels of the wildly successful "Brothers of the Sun" Tour, which played to 1.1 million fans across the country in 2012.
Chesney's fans will undoubtedly be asked to remain on their best behavior for the duration of the tour after a recent stop at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field ended in public brawls, a mountain of debris left on stadium grounds and nearly 75 people arrested in and around the venue for offenses that ranged from disorderly conduct and public intoxication to aggravated assault.
The "No Shoes Nation" tour wraps August 24 in Foxboro, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium.
The melding of traditional country music with arena rock, a touch of reggae, and just a little more than a small spritz of the islands may not look like a winning combination on paper, but it's a sound that has become a trademark of one of music's most dynamic stars.
About Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney, who grew up in the blink-and-you'll-miss-it town of Luttrell, Tennessee, has churned out 15 studio albums in a career that has spanned over two decades. The combined efforts have produced more than 30 Top Ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 22 of which made the climb all the way to No. 1. But if it sounds like the 'Stadium King' has had an easy ride to the top, guess again.
Million-ticket selling tours were probably far from Kenny's mind when he left his first Music Row audition in 1992 with a songwriter's contract in hand. Though he released the aptly named "In My Wildest Dreams" on an independent label two years later, the album's dismal sales were no indication of the career that lay ahead.
Landing on his feet with BNA Records ultimately proved to be the stepping stone Kenny needed. He released "All I Need to Know" as his first major-label album, producing three hit singles. "Fall in Love"" and "All I Need to Know" both cracked the Top Ten, and a follow-up project in 1995 became Kenny's first gold-certified album. The title track, "Me and You" and "When I Close My Eyes" not only struck a cord with fans, but a mix of romantic ballads and fun, upbeat tracks carried Chesney into the turn of the century on a high note.
Kenny officially became country music's 'It Man' in 2002, tweaking an already winning formula for the release of "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems." He followed it in 2004 with "When The Sun Goes Down," and the beach bum rhythms, belting anthems and the aching sentimentality of those title tracks and other cuts like "The Good Stuff" and "I Go Back," became the mark of a seasoned singer, songwriter and entertainer. He captured awards from the likes of the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Country Music Association (CMA), American Music Awards and the People's Choice while regularly selling out venues around the world.
Chesney's latest record, "Welcome to the Fishbowl," bowed June 19 and sparked what could be his biggest tour ever. The "Brothers of the Sun Tour," in which Kenny shares top billing with friend and fellow superstar Tim McGraw, kicked off June 2. It will continue to hit stadiums through the summer, wrapping with back-to-back shows at Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on August 24 and 25th.
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"Baby It's Cold Outside" Connie Britton & Will Chase If you watched ABC's Nashville last week, then you already saw Rayna (Britton) and Luke (Chase) perform this classic, albeit creepy, holiday tune. You can find this song and a whole slew of other Christmas favorites on the official Nashville holiday album just released by the…Read more
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