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Country superstar Kenny Chesney will debut his brand new music video for “When I See This Bar” with USA Today next week! The video will premier on July 18th on USA Today’s website.
About the new video and single, Kenny said:
“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. 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.”
Are you excited for Kenny’s new video?
Boston: Like so many, Kenny Chesney watched the bombings at the Boston Marathon in incredulity and horror. The idea that people who’d trained so hard, who’d improved and become better runners for the iconic race – and those who’d turned out to cheer them on – would be injured was unthinkable. Like so many, he didn’t know what to do; like so many people, he wanted to make a difference.
After careful consideration, Chesney reached out to WKLB-FM and explained his desire to help fund and support prosthetics for the people who were having or would ultimately need amputations. Saddened by the state of the world, he wanted to sow healing for the nation’s souls, as well as the broken bodies of the people affected.
Beyond making a sizeable donation for seed money, Chesney decided to put his music where his heart was. He’s establishing the Spread the Love Fund to work with Boston Medical Center (BMC) to help pay for not just prosthetics, but the fitting, ongoing care and physical therapy required.
All Chesney’s proceeds from the downloaded single sales of “Spread The Love,” his track co-written and recorded with the Wailers, go to the fund, which will benefit post-acute care for victims of traumatic injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings at BMC or other Boston hospitals. In addition, people are encouraged to donate what they can, knowing the money will help the injured regain as much mobility as possible.
“It’s hard to imagine a world where taking your children to school, going to the movies or witnessing something as iconic as the Boston Marathon is a dangerous thing to do. For me, I want to help give these people as much of their lives back as possible, but I’d also like to counteract some of the negativity in the world… Remind people that there are more good people out there, and it’s up to us to ‘Spread the Love.’
Music can be healing. When you’re at your lowest, it can inspire… The way these athletes, their friends, family and the city of Boston inspire me! I want to give back to the ones who need it, but also to heal all of us a little bit. So, spread the love.”
“I am honored that Mr. Chesney has selected Boston Medical Center as the home of the Spread the Love Fund,” says Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. “BMC cared for many of the patients most seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, patients who have a long journey of recovery ahead. Over time, the spotlight will fade, but their needs will go on.
“We thank Mr. Chesney for stepping forward to make sure these and all the Marathon patients have all the support they need over the long haul,” Walsh continues. “Thank you for embracing Boston, these patients and their families, and everyone who has gotten us through this very challenging time. Your generosity, vision and support will keep us Boston Strong.”
Beyond downloading “Spread the Love”, giving to those in need is as simple as a click. Boston Medical Center has established a dedicated link for the Spread the Love Fund, which can be accessed here: www.bmc.org/kenny.
Kenny also said:
“I can’t change what happened. I can’t imagine how the families, as well the city of Boston, feel – and I want to do what I can. If we can all remember that the negativity only wins if we let it, that’s a good start. That, and helping these families with this huge process of dealing with a prosthetic. Hopefully, we can all come together and make a difference.”
Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville superstar Kenny Chesney will be performing a private show for Sirius/XM radio listeners in New York City. The concert, which will take place at the Highline Ballroom, is invitation-only, on May 1st, however the show will be broadcast live on Sirius/XM’s Highway 59 on Saturday, May 4th at 8 pm EST.
It’s a pretty big show for the company, who shares:
“As part of our unmatched offering of Country music, Kenny Chesney will give our subscribers a special performance,” said SIRIUSXM President/Chief Content Officer, Scott Greenstein. “Kenny is often playing stadiums and arenas, but for SIRIUSXM he’ll be doing a special intimate performance for a few hundred lucky subscribers who can see him perform live at the Highline Ballroom. Our national audience of subscribers will be able to hear the concert on SIRIUSXM, an unwavering supporter of all kinds of Country music. This special concert is another example of what we like to bring our listeners: the best Country music they can’t find anywhere else.”
SIRIUSXM subscribers will have the opportunity to win tickets to the event through an online contest, starting today. For info and rules visit siriusxm.com/thehighway. You can also win your way to the show by following The Highway’s Twitter account – @SXMTheHighway. Good luck!
Looks like the thing to do these days is to start your own alcohol line. Coming as no surprise to many country fans, superstar Kenny Chesney announced today that he will be launching his very own rum line, Blue Chair Bay Rum, this May. It will be available in retail stores.
About why he’s making the decision to have his very own rum, Kenny said:
“Everybody’s always expected this from me. There have been people who’ve approached us, stories that have gone around over the years. But rum is what I drink, and I always told myself: if I was going to do this, I wanted to create something I could be really proud of! Not just take a check and a piece of a company, but make the rum I truly wanted to drink.”
It’s a project that he’s been working pretty hard on for over a year. If you know Kenny, you know he never stops working at anything he’s doing, so I’m pretty sure we can expect his rum line to be fantastic.
“You know me, when I get my heart set on doing something, I will give it my complete attention. I didn’t know I was building a company or making a rum until I was waist deep, but I’m glad we did. I think anyone who enjoys rum is gonna love this.”
Toby Keith is another country superstar with his own highly sucessful alcohol line – Wild Shot Mezcal. What other country star do you think could branch off into alcohol?
The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards announced today that superstars Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town will perform on the April 7th show.
With “Pirate Flag” beaming out at the stroke of midnight, Kenny Chesney figured the time was right to release the title of his much anticipated April 30 Blue Chair/Columbia release. “Life On A Rock,” co-produced with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, captures the thematic core of the 10 song set that’s been recorded and mixed in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Jamaica, Key West, London and Nashville, Tennessee.
Kenny says about the title:
“It all depends on what kind of rock you’re looking at. Just living here on this planet, we’re all living life on a rock; but for me, and for this record, it’s about the way life is when you live on an island. Everywhere you go, there’s everyone you know; you know everything about them, and they know everything about you… and well, that’s just a whole other way to be.
“And coming from Luttrell, Tennessee, I can tell you, ‘life on a rock’ isn’t all that different from life in a real small town. It’s slower, it’s easier, it’s more invested and it’s also more about really enjoying the moments as they are, when they are.”
While the driving “Pirate Flag,” an anthem of rebelling against the day-in, day-out, has already been singled out by USA Today as their Song of the Week atop their Grammy-based Listen Up! column, Life On A Rock is a varied platter of music, ranging from introspective ballads to staccato shuffles, a duet with Willie Nelson and a bit of reggae. It also celebrates a way of life most people live without ever realizing.
“At the end of the day, what defines life for most people, certainly for me, are the people you share it with. When you live in close proximity, you share the highs and lows of every day life and become close in ways you can’t even explain. Years go by… People move on… But that time, those friends remain with you no matter where you go. That’s where the treasures of being alive are found.
“When I first went to the islands, I met a lot of people who were making a life beyond anything any of them knew… They were boatmen, bartenders, waitresses, real estate folks. They were all loving life, living a dream and coloring outside the lines with this real sense of freedom; they took a country singer from East Tennessee into their tribe at a time when having friends outside everything I knew was important. Time passes, life moves on, but those friends lasted, and this album in a lot of ways is about the power of that kind of friendship to endure.”
Endurance is something Chesney understands. Kicking off his No Shoes Nation Tour March 16 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year will bring summer alive for fans across 46 concerts at a mix of football stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters. Life On A Rock, indeed.
Country’s touring king Kenny Chesney will add a new album to his impressive discography with the release of his yet untitled, new album on Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville Records label on April 30. About the new record, Kenny shares:
“It’s gonna be an amazing summer and I’m really excited to bring some new music to No Shoes Nation.”
With preparation well under way for the kick off of his ’No Shoes Nation’ Tour on March 16 in Tampa, Fl, Chesney and NSN will celebrate a summer of music, friends and good times.
“The fans are the foundation of ‘No Shoes Nation. They built it from the ground up, and they built it with heart, passion and the love of life and music, and I can’t wait to feel that connection again throughout the summer of 2013.”
What title would you pick for Kenny’s latest album? Are you excited?
On the one month anniversary of one of the largest mass killings in United States history, Anderson Cooper will be hosting a special AC360 in Newtown, Connecticut, entitled “United in Newtown”. During the special, Anderson Cooper will visit with families of Newtown and honor those whose lives were lost. As a tribute to those who lost their lives on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, country megastar, Kenny Chesney, recorded a special version of “Amazing Grace,” which will premier during AC360. “United in Newtown” will air on CNN tomorrow, January 14th, at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the victims, their families, and the entire Newtown community as they unite to work through this terribly senseless tragedy.
Looks like the King of Country Touring is still just as hot as ever. Kenny Chesney, who is heading out on his “No Shoes Nation” tour next year, sold out his latest tour date in Minneapolis in 30 minutes! About his now sold-out July 12th, 2013 date at Target Field, Kenny said:
“The fans in Minnesota bring a lot of passion and energy to our summer. They truly represent what No Shoes Nation is all about.”
Last month Kenny was honored with the Billboard ‘Top Package’ Award for the year’s top-grossing tour with three or more artists on the bill (sales of his ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour hit $100 million) and the “Road Warrior” Award, celebrating uncommon work ethic, professionalism and artistic integrity on the road. It is his seventh “Top Package” and ninth Billboard Touring award overall.
With this week’s announcement of an additional show in Foxboro, Chesney will play 18 stadium shows next year bringing his career total to 101 stadiums. The ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour, kicks off Saturday, March 16 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
The Corona Light Presents Kenny Chesney’s ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour, starring Kenny Chesney, will feature special guest Eric Church – whose critically-acclaimed album ‘Chief’ was named ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2012 CMA Awards – as well as Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves. Several tour dates, including the July 12th Minneapolis show, will also feature the GRAMMY-Award winning Zac Brown Band, whose latest album ‘Uncaged’ debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.
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Kenny Chesney, who’s played a country-world record 85 stadium shows in his career, makes it to over 100 with today ‘s announcement of 17 stadium dates on his ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour, which starts Saturday , March 16 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. More ‘No Shoes Nation’ tour dates will be announced in the coming months.
The Corona Light Presents Kenny Chesney’s ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour, starring Kenny Chesney, will feature special guest Eric Church – whose critically-acclaimed album ‘Chief’ was named ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2012 CMA Awards – as well as Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves. Several tour dates will also feature the GRAMMY-Award winning Zac Brown Band, whose latest album ‘Uncaged‘ debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 (see tour dates below for details).
“I believe what we’ve created on the road is something special,” says Chesney, “the fans, myself, the band, the crew. But it’s really the fans who have given us a wonderful, unique life. What we’ve all built together is the ‘No Shoes Nation.’ There is no better name for this tour.”
‘No Shoes Nation’ marks 20 years of touring for Chesney, who Billboard declares is “The biggest ticket seller in country music and among the elite touring artists in the world,” and comes on the heels of his wildly successful 2012 ‘Brothers of the Sun ‘ Tour, which blew away more than 1.1 million fans across the country – his 10th consecutive tour to hit that ticket sale milestone.
For specific on-sale information visit tickets.kennychesney.com .
Kenny Chesney is once again teaming up with CID Entertainment to offer very special VIP packages for the 2013 tour. Guests will choose from either Sandbar or Premium Reserved seating and have access to the pre-game tailgate party featuring a buffet of Kenny’s favorite food, drinks and music. New to this year’s program is an exclusive VIP only entrance and exit for the Sandbar as well as new gift items including a Kenny Chesney “Coach’s Hoodie”, an exclusive stadium seat cushion and more. Travel packages including hotel accommodations and shuttle transportation will also be available for each date (visit cidentertainment.com/kennychesney for more information).
See the full list of tour dates below: