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Kenny Chesney’s latest hit, “American Kids,” has earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song. The track, featured on his new album, The Big Revival, was cowritten by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Rodney Clawson. Chesney knew it was a special tune, but wasn’t prepared for the impact the song would have.
“I knew the second I heard it that I was going to cut ‘American Kids,’” he said. “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. It feels good. It says something about the heart and the passion people in small towns have — and it makes you smile every time you hear it.
“The fact that the GRAMMY voters heard it, too, that they recognized how truly special and innovative this song is, makes me so proud for Shane, Luke and Rodney,” he continued. “This really is a song that breaks a lot of rules, does things you don’t expect and offers a picture of how it is that isn’t cliché or expected. What a cool thing to have happen to some very talented guys! I’m just glad I got to be the one who cut it.”
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Christmas music sets the tone for the holiday season, and everyone has a favorite song, whether it’s an old classic or new original. In no particular order, here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Christmas Songs.
“Let It Be Christmas” – Alan Jackson
Released in 2002, Alan’s Jackson’s “Let It Be Christmas” became an instant holiday classic with its nostalgic lyrics and acoustic guitar background.
“All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan” – Kenny Chesney
While some dream of a white Christmas, Kenny Chesney longs for sun and sand in “All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan.” He continues the trend in his newest holiday tune, “Christmas In Blue Chair Bay.”
“Where Are You Christmas?” – Faith Hill
Faith Hill’s rendition of “Where Are You Christmas” was featured in the 2000 film re-make of Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The song was originally set to be performed by Mariah Carey, but legal issues caused her to back out, opening the door for Hill.
“Merry Christmas From The Family” – Montgomery Gentry
The holidays are about family, but sometimes getting everyone together can be an ordeal. Montgomery Gentry covers all those dysfunctional family gatherings with his “Merry Christmas From The Family.”
“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood has recorded a number of Christmas standards over the years, including beautiful renditions of “O Holy Night” and “The First Noel.” Her version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a standout, however.
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It’s getting cold outside, but Kenny Chesney is keeping summertime around with his new music video, “Flora-Bama.” The video opens on the infamous Flora-Bama Lounge and Package with shots of the bar playing in between footage from Chesney’s Flora-Bama Jama concert at the venue in August.
“This place is so many things to so many people,” Chesney said. “It has been for a long time because they’ve shared life here. Friendships were born here. Relationships were born here. Every place you look, there’s 50 years of memories. Lovers have written their names on the wall; they’ve declared their love for each other on the wall of this place.
“That kind of stuff lives forever in the thread, in the heart and the soul of a place like this,” he continued. “I feel like the people that come to this bar really do represent my audience and everything that we’ve built No Shoe Nation to be.”
Watch Chesney’s “Flora-Bama” video below:
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Kenny Chesney is bringing the spirit of the islands to the Christmas season in his new single, “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay.” It is his first holiday tune since 2003’s “All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan.”
“It seems like there are few times of the year when you can really unplug, really just be in the moment with your family and your friends — and celebrate how great life is,” he said. “Over the last 10 years, I’ve really come to appreciate that time off and what those connections mean, and I wanted to share that feeling with my friends through music.”
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Kenny Chesney’s 2015 Big Revival Tour keeps getting bigger. He has added Jake Owen, Chase Rice, and Cole Swindell to the tour. The three acts will join him for select dates of the summer tour. While rice and Swindell are turning heads with their debut albums, Chesney is recognizing them for their songwriting abilities.
“When I came to town, I was a writer, trying to get my songs cut — and playing on a stool down on Lower Broadway,” he said. “I didn’t have nearly the success Cole and Chase are enjoying right now, but I know the difference getting your music in front of an audience makes. For both of these guys, who have a lot of energy and a real way of grabbing people, I think it’s the perfect way to get the audience fired up for the show.”
Jake Owen is no stranger to a Chesney tour. This will mark the third time Owen has hit the road with Chesney. Owen’s laid-back personality and fun songs like “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “Days of Gold” fit right in with Chesney’s fan base. Continue Reading
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Eric Church will join Kenny Chesney for five dates of Chesney’s 2015 Big Revival Tour. Church previously joined Chesney on his 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour, and for Chesney, inviting him to hit the road again was a no-brainer.
“There is something about the way Eric connects with my audience that left me feeling like he made the No Shoes Nation Tour something special,” Chesney said. “He attacks the stage with so much force – and his songs really speak to the people who’re fighting the fight to get by – and I love that about what he does onstage.”
“Some of the most fun I’ve ever had on tour was last summer with Kenny,” Church added. “He’s an artist that isn’t afraid to let you come full blast and do what you do. It’s rare you get to tour with someone you respect and you are friends with. I can’t wait to do it again.”
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There are no tricks, just treats on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! Blake Shelton repeats at No. 1 this week while Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts round out the Top 3. Kenny Chesney charts two videos, with “American Kids” coming in a No. 15 and his latest, “Til It’s Gone,” debuting at No. 20. Plus, host Nan Kelley has a sneak peek of Tim McGraw’s new video.
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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:
- Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
- Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
- Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
- Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
- Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
- Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
- Lucy Hale – “Lie A Little Better”
- Hunter Hayes – “Tattoo”
- Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
- RaeLynn – “God Made Girls” Continue Reading
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Two of the biggest touring acts in country music will collide in 2015. Kenny Chesney’s newly announced Big Revival Tour will merge with Jason Aldean’s Burn It Down Tour for 10 stadium shows in summer 2015.
“We’ve played so many of these stadiums so many summers, I know just how hard the fans coming out can rock,” Chesney said. “There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for 10 nights this summer. I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us.”
After performances from yet-to-be-announced opening acts, Aldean will take the stage with his show with Chesney closing down the night. Aldean is up to the challenge of headlining a stadium with Kenny Chesney. Continue Reading
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Kenny Chesney is officially returning to touring in 2015. He announced his Big Revival Tour during an appearance on Good Morning America on Friday morning. The tour will kick off in Nashville on March 26, 2015, which also happens to be Chesney’s 47th birthday.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate,” he said. “I’ve been ready to get out there for a long time. Now that we’re announced, I’m fired up! This new music brings a new energy to the show, and it’s gonna take what we do to a whole other level.”
The Big Revival Tour will play arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums and feature some of country’s hottest acts — not yet announced — as special guests. Continue Reading
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Kenny Chesney’s latest album, The Big Revival, has landed at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The album is his 13thNo. 1 album.
“There are people passionate about life, about music, about their friends and how they dig in and get through as much as how they have a good time,” Chesney said. “I knew during the last tour, they were hungry for more from this music. They wanted songs that showed them more of their life, which maybe offered some different things musically.
“It’s not as simple as everyone thinks: to find great songs, to be in a creative space where you can think about that stuff, hear new rhythms or change up the lyrics you go to,” he said. “I didn’t want to come back with more of the same, but more of something even better … and whether it’s ‘Flora-Bama’ or ‘Wild Child’ or “Til It’s Gone,’ the response I’m getting says we did the right thing.” Continue Reading