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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.
As we found out years ago, Tim McGraw, along with country music pals, Kenny Chesney and Tracy Lawrence, found out who his friends are. Well, Tim has teamed up with those friends to create a compilation disc, entitled “Tim McGraw & Friends,” scheduled for release by Curb Records on January 22, 2013. Colt Ford helped Tim out on the track, “Twisted,” which will be the first single off the special compilation disc. The album will be exclusively available at Walmart and will include 11 individual tracks:
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.
Did you manage to get tickets to his date before it was too late?
While the honorees themselves are still being kept top secret, CMT has announced a big list of performers for their 2012 Artists of the Year special. Performing this year will be country superstars Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Kenny Rogers, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Thompson Square, Jason Aldean, Eli Young Band and Sammy Hagar. While the station won’t announce the honorees, or even hint about who it could be, fans are encouraged to keep up-to-date in all the announcements at cmt.com.
The 90-minute special will be hosted by Rascal Flatts and “Nashville” show star Hayden Panettiere on December 8th, 2012 airing on CMT. Who do you think deserves to be honored at the third annual event?
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:
There were a lot of surprises last night during the broadcast of the 46th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Some new artists were finally able to take home their first awards versus industry heavyweights, and a brand new king of country music was crowned. The award show was hosted for the fifth year by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC. Even as a voting member of the CMAs, some of the winners shocked me in the end. While most were my votes and who I wanted to win, there were a few that the rest of the industry did surprise me with.
The big names of the night were once again country’s supercouple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. After an emotional acceptance speech for Song Of The Year for “Over You,” they both made their way back up to the stage several times – for Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Blake taking home the big prize – Entertainer of the Year. Other notable, and just as surprised winners, were Hunter Hayes for New Artist of the Year, and Little Big Town finally taking home the Group of the Year award. Thompson Square emotionally accepted the award for Duo of the Year, also ending Sugarland’s streak of wins in that category.
Eric Church‘s “Chief” won Album of the Year, finally putting Miranda’s album of the year streak to an end.
See the full list of winners below and let us know how you did with your predictions. Do you agree with the industry?
There are already two early winners today before the 46th Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards even air! The CMAs announced the winner of Musical Event of the Year and Video of the Year this morning, and the award show will air tonight at 8 pm EST on ABC. Congratulations to Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw for winning Musical Event of the Year for their duet “Feel Like A Rock Star.” Both Kenny and Tim will be performing during tonight’s broadcast – Tim with a brand new song!
The Video of the Year went to Toby Keith‘s smash hit “Red Solo Cup” director Michael Saloman. Toby, who won’t be attending tonight’s award show, released his brand new album “Hope On The Rocks” this week. On not attending the CMA awards, Toby told a newspaper:
“Your industry can get behind you and crank you up and make you a household name, help you get there. Or you can be abandoned like I was. I’m not going to leave it up to this industry that I’m in to give me any support.”
While Toby won’t be in attendance tonight, he’s 100% at this year’s award show – going one for one for the nomination for “Red Solo Cup.” What do you think about the winners so far? Don’t forget to follow along with us on Twitter tonight for our live Tweets for the East Coast as the awards air!