Kenny Chesney has a lot more metal to add to his collection. His steamy “Come Over” has been certified platinum along with his Greatest Hits II album for selling more than one million units. Additionally, “The Good Stuff” and “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” were both certified gold after moving more than 500,000 units.
“You hope when you record a song, it’s something the fans can live inside,” Kenny said. “I’ve always tried to pick songs that felt true to who I am, how I’ve lived… or the people around me, and I think that since where I come from isn’t so different from anywhere else, it’s a safe bet other people have lived this stuff, too.
“If people can see themselves in these songs… especially ones like ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems’ and ‘The Good Stuff’… then I can feel good about it not just being a moment, but a truth,” he continued. “As a songwriter, that’s what you’re reaching for, and as a fan, it’s everything about what the songs that have marked my life meant to me.”
Kenny has sold more than 30 million records to date in his career. At the end of the day, the idea that his music is still connecting to fans is what matters most to him.
“I’ve always tried to speak for the people who don’t make the news, who don’t freak out or stand out,” he said. “You know, there are a lot more people like us in the world, and I think that’s where life’s sweet spot really is. When I look at songs, I’m trying to figure what hasn’t been said, or needs to be said for people like us. Doing it like that, it’s never been ‘Is this a song for the ages?’ or ‘Is this a big ole hit?,’ but more, ‘Do I know somebody who’s been here?’ I think people can tell the difference. Maybe that’s why Greatest Hits II and ‘The Good Stuff’ are still selling.”
Kenny will kick off his No Shoes Nation Tour on March 16 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers. He will release his new single, “Pirate Flag,” on January 31, the lead track from his upcoming album, set for an April 30 street date.