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Grace Potter Didn’t Know Kenny Chesney Before Duet

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In a backstage interview with HitFlix at The Grammy Nominations Concert, Grace Potter admits she was surprised to get a call from Kenny Chesney “out of the blue” to sing on the Grammy-nominated “You And Tequila.” She had never met the man before the phone call, and has no idea how he had heard of her before:

“Kenny called me out the blue,” she said. “I didn’t know him from Adam. I guess someone had sent him some of my music and he had it on his iPod shuffle and he was in St. John floating around on his boat or doing whatever it is that Kenny Chesney does when he’s in the islands and he heard my voice..He was very excited with my voice and thought it would fit the song.”

Grace Potter and her band The Nocturnals will be opening for Kenny on his tour next year with Tim McGraw.

Country Music Hits the Sands of Sunny South Florida

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When you think country music, you typically envision open fields, farms, little green tractors, cowboy boots, and ten-gallon hats. When you think Kenny Chesney, you think all of those things – plus a little blue chair. Now take all of those things and add in the warm, beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a great cause and you have the incredibly exciting inaugural Tortuga Music Festival!

Kenny Chesney, along with pop, rock, and other country artists (20+ artists, mind you) you will be participating in Rock the Ocean’s first ever beach concert event on April 13-14. The artists will perform on three stages, each of which is directly on the beach. The lineup includes Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, The Avett Brothers, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Allan, Jake Owen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Clark, Jr., Eli Young Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Grace Potter, Kip Moore, Gloriana, G. Love & Special Sauce, Donavon Frankenreiter, Mac McAnally, The Wailers, Sister Hazel, Dangermuffin, Rayland Baxter, and The Bright Light Social Hour.

Country Music Blog Rodeo: The Year of the Country Crossover

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Over the last few years, country music has certainly expanded beyond the old stereotype of boots, big hair and ten-gallon hats. Artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum have huge pop hits, the Zac Brown Band & Jason Aldean sell out Madison Square Garden and the Scotty McCreerys and Tate Stevens of the world rise to fame via televised talent shows. On the flip side, Mumford & Sons get played on country radio, UK-lite-rocker Ed Sheeran tours with Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson performs on the CMA’s. Over the last few years, it has become commonplace for country musicians to dabble outside of their genre, and if January of 2013 is any indication, this trend is only going to continue into 2013.

Interestingly enough, I grew up claiming that I loved all music “except country.” (Seriously – I think I wrote that on my Myspace…don’t judge me, I’m from NY.) However, after being taken to see Rascal Flatts at Madison Square Garden, my perspective on the genre completely changed and I was hooked. Now I’ll listen to anything from Garth to Reba to Taylor to Jason. However, if you were to ask a purist of country music, they’d probably argue that Rascal Flatts is just a boy (err, man) band in cowboy boots, Taylor is a dubstep-loving pop act and Jason’s renegade hick-hop style bastardizes country music. Yet, on the heels of Aldean selling out a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden in mere minutes, I’d argue that the biggest development of country music in 2013 will be the pure magnitude of its reach and ability to cross over, while also openly welcoming those who dabble and stretch the ideas of what typical “country” is.

Nominees for ACAs Announced

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The nominees were just announced earlier this morning for this year’s American Country Awards. The third edition of the fan-voted award show will once again air live on FOX from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. While the co-hosts remain the same with Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, there is something new about the award show – the addition of the “Song Of The Year” category which will honor country music’s top songwriters of 2012. The nominees for Song of the Year are determined by the National Songwriters Association International (NSAI). The award show will air live on December 10th on FOX at 8 pm EST.

Artists leading all nominees this year are Luke Bryan with seven, and Lady Antebellum tying for second with Zac Brown Band with six nominations each. Eric Church and Taylor Swift both have five nominations each. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know who you’ll be voting for. Fans can vote at theacas.com for their favorite artists, and make sure to tune in December 10th to see who wins!

Performers and presenters will be announced shortly, so stay tuned for that announcement too!

Kenny Chesney’s Sweet Sixteen

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Country music’s touring king Kenny Chesney has a few sweet sixteens to celebrate. He’s earned two “sweet sixteens” with the RIAA: his sixteenth Gold album award for June release “Welcome to the Fishbowl” AND sixteenth Gold digital single certification for popular get-back-together download from that album, “Come Over.”

Catch the Columbia Nashville recording icon on tour this summer with Tim McGraw, Jake Owen and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Congratulations, Kenny!

REVIEW: Kenny Chesney – Welcome To The Fishbowl

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Kenny Chesney’s new album, “Welcome To The Fishbowl”, dropped today. It features his fantastic hit duets, “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter, and “Feel Like a Rock Star” with pal Tim McGraw. For the most part, the album follows the “You and Tequila” style. Chesney tones down the party-boy attitude on this release, opting instead for more brooding (and sometimes downright gloomy) numbers.

Chesney opens with recently released single “Come Over”, a softer take on the same theme as Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”. While Chesney is better known for his upbeat, party-country tunes, he sounds just as comfortable with this heartsick, melancholy track. In “Come Over”, you notice a sense of real longing, almost begging, on the part of the singer. It’s no surprise this one is climbing the charts already.

Kenny Chesney Turns Producer

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You may recall Kenny Chesney‘s hit, “You and Tequila.” You may also recall that female vocals that provided some depth and beauty to the track. That female vocalist is Grace Potter, and the musical bond she and Chesney created continues on as the two joined forces again; this time to create tracks for Potter’s album.

With his longtime co-producer Buddy Cannon, Chesney produced “Stars” and “Ragged Company” on the deluxe version of Potter’s “The Lion The Beast The Beat” album which was released this week. Chesney first heard “Stars” in February. “We were hanging out in her kitchen and she grabbed her guitar and played me a verse and chorus of the song which she was still writing,” recalls Chesney. “I love the creative process. I was there when the song was born and we nurtured it through the studio and onto the record. That’s pretty cool.” Chesney and Alison Krauss also provide background vocals on the song.

“Ragged Company” first appeared on Potter’s 2006 debut album and they reprised the song with guest vocalist Willie Nelson. Chesney’s “Welcome To The Fishbowl” album will be released next week and features Grace Potter on the song “El Cerrito Place.”

Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw Ready Production for Tour

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What do you get when you mix country mega-stars Kenny Chesney and TimMcGraw with the prospect of a summer stadium tour? It’s quite simple: You get an epic production that will cover over 19,000 miles and 21 stadiums with over 20 buses and 80 tractor trailers.

The “Brothers of the Sun” Tour is ready for its kick off on June 2 in Tampa, Florida and will take the longtime friends, along with openers Jake Owen and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, over 19,458 miles in 88 days by the time the tour wraps on August 25th in Foxboro, MA.

This tour is a far cry from Chesney’s early days. “It doesn’t seem that long ago when it was just 14 of us crammed into a 12-bunk bus we called ‘the iron lung,’ ‘cause it leaked diesel fumes inside the bus,” said Chesney. “There weren’t enough bunks for everybody so we took turns sleeping on the couch and floor, but we were living our dream and having fun. And even though we have a lot more stuff now, we’re still having a blast and just as passionate about playing music and taking it out to the fans, whether it be in a club or stadium.”

“It’s been a lot of fun rehearsing in Nashville, but rehearsals are over. It’s time to pack the trucks and head to Tampa,” added McGraw.  “I’m pretty sure there are towns in Louisiana with smaller populations than we have on our road crew.  It takes a village and a lot of hard work by a lot of people, but I’m just excited for the fans because we’ve got one hell of a show planned for them!”

While on the road, the giant tour crew (283, to be exact) will eat like royalty thanks to a traveling catering staff. In addition to three hot meals a day, each show day will have a “Stage Bar & Grill” that will serve classic BBQ faves like hamburgers and hot dogs on stage from 10am until 9pm. Manning the grills will be random crew members, ranging from the stage manager, various truck drivers and even members of Chesney’s band.

With such a huge production that includes stadium shows on both Saturdays and Sundays, there will actually be two separate teams building and then tearing down the stage over a 91 hour period. This epic set will include an LED video wall with nearly 2,400,000 pixels for sharpness and clarity, as well as 80 strobes and 48 Syncrolites that are placed throughout the stadium to send five foot diameter beams of light crisscrossing the night sky.

In describing this tour, one word comes to Chesney’s mind: passion. “I use the word ‘passion’ a lot because it takes a lot of passionate and dedicated people to make this happen day in and day out,” said Chesney. “And most of the people that were with us a decade ago are still here. We’re a family.”

 For tour dates, check out: https://tickets.kennychesney.com/

Kenny Chesney Covers Men’s Health Magazine

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Ever wonder what it takes for Kenny Chesney to maintain his amazing physique? Wonder no more. In the June issue of Men’s Health, Chesney discusses how he prepares for a major tour.

“Growing up in East Tennessee, everything you do revolves around food,” he says. He doesn’t eat many dairy products, hasn’t touched salt in 10 years, hasn’t had bread “in a while.” The country megastar watches what he eats during the week, but allows a “cheat day” on Sunday. Oh, and he can do 300 push-ups in a matter of 10 minutes. All of this for a man who turned 44 on March 26th. Not too shabby.

In addition to eating right and exercising, Chesney has never abused his body with drugs or smoking, but admits to overindulging in alcohol. He adds, “I’ve never abused my body with drugs. I’ve never smoked. But I will say that I’ve probably been overserved a lot. You can’t spend 19 years on the road and not have a few drinks.”

Chesney hits the road in a couple of weeks with Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, and Grace Potter and The Nocturnals on the Brothers of the Sun Tour. The tour opens on June 2nd in Tampa, Florida.

Women Take Over CMT Award Nominations

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Looks like country music is turning into a women’s club! The nominees for the 2012 CMT Awards were announced this morning by Little Big Town on NBC’s TODAY show, and Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert are leading everyone with the most nominations this year. Carrie has five and Miranda is following closely behind with four. Little Big Town also announced that they will be performing on this year’s award show. See the full list of nominees below and make sure you let us know who you think has the best chances this year.

Pistol Annies are up for their first CMT Award nominations this year for Group Video of the Year for “Hell On Heels,” and for USA Today Breakthrough Vide of the Year on the fan-voted award show. Voting is open today and runs until June 4th, 2012. The CMT Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 6th, 2012 on CMT.

See the final list of nominees below: