Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation Tour headed to Las Vegas over the weekend to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state of the art concert room The Joint, where Kenny had originally joined Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi and the Killers for their opening run of shows. He wanted to do something special to mark the occasion so he called up Grace Potter, who happened to have a break in her touring schedule.
“When Grace said she could come, I was fired up,” Kenny said. “I try to have an open door policy for my friends who play to come and sit in. But Grace is such a powerful musician and singer, to be able to have her do more than just our duet is a treat. In a place like The Joint, especially, what she does really shines – and I love being able to turn people onto that kind of playing.”
Kenny marked his sixth and seventh appearance at The Joint with a two-night stand. The venue is the smallest his tour will play to, with sight lines no more than 300 feet from the stage. According to him, the venue is “one of the best concert-going experiences you can have.”
So far on Kenny’s No Shoes Nation Tour, Grace has also joined him at his Orange Beach, Alabama show — along with Sammy Hagar and Emeril Lagasse. Mac McAnally joined him onstage at the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale to debut “Must Be Something I Missed,” a track from Kenny’s Life On A Rock album, out April 30. Fans never know who might pop up at one of Kenny’s shows.
“That’s the thing about music,” he said. ”You want to keep it vital, to play different kinds of places and with all sorts of players. Music should bring people together, it should remind you what’s great about being alive – and when I can make music with friends like Grace or Steve Miller or the Wailers, that’s what keeps my music so alive.”
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