Kenny Chesney not only released his latest single, “Pirate Flag,” on Thursday, he also announced the title of his new album. Life On a Rock will hit stores April 30. Co-produced by Kenny and his longtime producer Buddy Cannon, the 10-track project was recorded in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Jamaica, Key West, London and Nashville.
“It all depends on what kind of rock you’re looking at,” Kenny said of the title. “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,” he continued. “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.”
“Pirate Flag” has already been named ‘Song of the Week’ by USA Today in their Listen Up! column. Life On A Rock runs the spectrum, including introspective ballads, a duet with Willie Nelson and even a bit of reggae. It also celebrates the life most people live without realizing it.
“At the end of the day, what defines life for most people, certainly for me, are the people you share it with,” Kenny said. “When you live in close proximity, you share the highs and lows of everyday 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,” he continued. “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.”
Kenny will kick off his No Shoes Nation Tour on March 16 in Tampa.