Kenny Chesney’s new album, Life On A Rock, out April 30, is his most personal to date, but he’s still included a couple of his friends. Willie Nelson and the Wailers Band will both be featured on the project.
“The spirit of this record is so much about friendship,” Kenny said. “A lot of these songs were inspired by the people I’ve met, the lives we’ve shared and the way they inspired me. It felt kind of odd to not have some of the musical people who’ve inspired me be a part of this record.
“So, I reached out to Willie – because who is more inspiring?” Kenny continued. “Any chance you have to be around him, take it. You will be more for the time you share. He sang on “Lucky Old Sun” with me, and Buddy Cannon and I got to produce his Moment of Forever, which is one of the things I’m proudest of in my career… and I wanted to do something different with him this time.”
That ‘something different’ is “Coconut Tree,” a Calypso under-towed, whimsical song about making one’s own way on the island. Featuring the marimba and steel drums, Kenny and Willie sound like old friends, laughing and sharing tall tales. The Wailers Band are on “Spread The Love,” a reggae-infused song about coming together.
“The Wailers Band I’d never actually recorded with,” Kenny said. “They came and played the CMA Awards with me one year, but we never went into the studio! And I really wanted to have that experience with Family Man and those guys, to go to Jamaica and make music and even write with them.”
Life On A Rock features Kenny’s latest single, “Pirate Flag,” which is Top 10 and climbing. Kenny is currently on his No Shoes Nation Tour. Check out photos, videos and more from the tour in our No Shoes Nation section!