Kenny Chesney will release his 15th studio album, The Big Revival, on September 23. The project will feature his latest single, “American Kids.” Kenny took 2014 off from touring to devote his full attention to the album.
“The whole point of taking the time to get to a really creative place was to have the room to look at not what we’d done, but where we wanted to go,” he said. “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”
Kenny once again worked with co-producer Buddy Cannon on the project on which Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Grace Potter all make guest appearances. Kenny worked with a new team on the mixes, searching for a more aggressive sound while also trying to capture a broader sound on acoustic tracks.
“I think in anyone’s life, there are times when you just need to shake things up, really push yourself and find the thrill of what you do again,” Kenny said. “I went to dirt-floor church revivals with my grandma as a little kid, and that power is electric. Scared me to death, but it shows you what it means to be alive. I think bringing that sort of passion to how you live your life is everything — and it’s so easy to lose touch with.”
Kenny continues to push the boundaries of contemporary country with The Big Revival. “There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” he said. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind ’em how hardcore they really are, show ’em that and also show ’em that you know there’s more to ’em than people might think.”
There is more good news for fans of Kenny. He plans to return to the road in 2015.