“Reality” Check: Kenny Chesney Scores 23rd #1

For most people a trip to the dentist gets you clean teeth.  If you’re Kenny Chesney, it gets you another #1 single.

Chesney’s “Reality” reached number one this week, the 23rd time he’s taken a song to the top of the charts.  He co-wrote the song with Brett James, who also worked with Chesney on the chart-topping “Out Last Night” and the Top 10 hit “Keg In The Closet.”

The singer posted on his website that he got the idea for the song while sitting in his dentist’s chair:

“I was lying in the chair, I had the mask on, you know, where they give you that funny gas, so they can work on your mouth without you feeling it, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I haven’t been this relaxed in a long time.’ That was my escape from reality and that’s what the song is about. And when people come to our shows, they’re not thinking about what’s going on in their job or school, they’re having fun, escaping reality and I’m glad to be a part of that. I say it every night on stage we all got problems but for the next couple of hours, let’s push them aside and relax. That’s how I feel about it!”

Chesney has the most nominations (nine) for the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards.  They include Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (for Hemingway’s Whiskey) and Male Vocalist of the Year.

This summer, Chesney will be hitting the road with Tim McGraw for the “Brothers of the Sun” Tour, which kicks off June 2 in Tampa, FL.