When Kenny Chesney went into the studio to record his new album, Life On A Rock, he knew the project wasn’t going to be what fans or the music industry expected from him. His most personal collection to date, the album includes songs from as far back as 2006 that he’d been carrying around in a back pack. He explained to Billboard why he took the risk of recording a more reflective project this time around.
“I went and saw Bruce Springsteen in Pittsburgh with just him and a guitar, singing songs he would never have sang with the E Street Band, and it was great,” he continued. “That’s feeding your fans, too. It would have been really easy to find some songs and just duplicate what we’ve done, duplicate Hemingway’s Whiskey and Welcome to the Fishbowl. Or try. But for me to go out and do what I do onstage, for me to inspire anybody, I’ve got to be inspired. So this record came at a good time for me.”
Known for his massive summer tours, Kenny is looking forward to performing some of the songs live during his No Shoes Nation Tour. Ideally, he’d like to be able to come to town and do two very different concerts.
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“It would be a lot of fun to go into a market and do two shows – a Thursday night show where we sing “Spread the Love” with the Wailers or “Coconut Tree” with Willie Nelson, or “Happy on the Hey Now,” a very personal song to me, those type of songs, then go slam a stadium in the same market on a Saturday night,” he said. “That’s where I’d like to see this go, and those Thursday shows would be as authentic as the Saturday show.”
The album’s lead single, “Pirate Flag,” is currently in the Top 5. Kenny’s No Shoes Nation Tour will stop in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Milwaukee this weekend.