After teasing fans on Memorial Day with a sneak peek, Kenny Chesney has released “American Kids,” the lead single from his upcoming album. The song debuted on Friday at 6AM on NoShoesRadio and was released simultaneously to all radio outlets. Kenny took 2014 off from touring to focus on the upcoming album.
“When I took a year off to make this next record, I knew there was something special out there,” he said, “but it was going to take time to find it, to write it, to bring it to life in the recording studio.”
The song was co-written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally and celebrates youth in America. “With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever heard, this song’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard,” Kenny said.. “The second Shane played ‘American Kids’ for me, I knew I was going to cut it. In fact, I kinda wondered why he hadn’t played it for me sooner.” Listen to the song below!
While the song is upbeat and fun, Kenny feels strongly that it is not another summer party tune. “There is so much more to being alive than partying, tailgates and bonfires,” he said. “It’s every single detail of being young, growing up, remembering when, laughing about how, but especially knowing you can still do all those things! American kids are so much more complicated, more fun, more real — and if there’s anything about this song, beyond the rhythms, the hooks and the playing, that I love, it’s the fact that it captures all the little things that life really is made of.”
“Just because it makes you smile, that doesn’t mean a song can’t say something!” he continued. “To me, it’s the songs that feel so good that really bring home a message. After all this time, I can’t wait to see what everybody thinks.”
Kenny is currently working with longtime producer Buddy Cannon. No further details have been released about his upcoming album.