Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Gets Big TV

“Today Show,” “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “CONAN,” “The Talk” Starting 9/23
PLUS “Entertainment Tonight” & “Access Hollywood” LIVE

kenny big revivalNew York/LA (September 18) — Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival is an album about finding the fire to embrace your life with passion. With a September 23 release date, the East Tennessean is going to be bringing the music to network television in a way that says he’s fired up and ready to take his new music to America with verve. Starting with “The Today Show” on street date, Chesney will also perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (9/24), “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (9/26), “CONAN” (9/29) and “The Talk” (10/2), as well as sit for interviews with both “Entertainment Tonight” and “Access Hollywood” live from Rockefeller Center (9/23).

“Normally I don’t get geared up for this much television,” Chesney says. “But this record makes me wanna get out and talk about it. Starting with ‘American Kids,’ all of the songs on here say so much about how the people who see their lives in my music commit to their lives – it’s a lot like showing their home videos on network TV! I’m gonna be sick of talking about me, but not this record; The Big Revival is a whole other kinda record for me.”

Already singled out by USA Today, Rolling Stone, PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly and USA Weekend, Chesney’s 15th studio project marks the evolution of an artist who has kept his finger on the pulse of real people living in America since releasing “Young” in 2001. For Chesney, born and raised in a small East Tennessee town, life in smaller towns embraces its own way of being.

“Maybe the artists people are listening to, or the cars they’re driving have changed,” the man deemed “The People’s Superstar” by The Los Angeles Times explains. “But I promise you the little things that make your life what it is, they haven’t. Somewhere some girl has a boyfriend the Dad doesn’t like… and the boys are making out in church parking lots, then saying they got further than they did. But they’re also making life rich where they are… finding joy and having the time of their life without worrying about keeping up with the Kardashians!

“When I went in to make this record, that’s what I wanted: songs that captured the real of life in the flyover, that talked about the passion people live with and the fun they make, how hard they work and the way they set themselves free right where they are. So taking the music straight into their living rooms seems like taking it to the source.”

“American Kids,” The Big Revival’s lead single, has already spent two weeks at #1 on the Country airplay charts. Written by Shane McAnally, Russ Copperman and Luke Laird, the triple rhythm’ed, double hook celebration of the freewheeling spirit of anyone raised between New York and LA has hit a nerve with fans. “Flora-Bama,” pre-released on the heels of his stadium-show-on-the-beach at the state line, is also finding traction with the fans.

Come Tuesday, the wait and see is over. All anyone needs to do is look at the television to see what the fervor is all about. Or work on faith and get The Big Revival sight unseen.


Kenny Chesney Working On New Music

Kenny Chesney tweeted out the photo below, and to the delight of all of his fans, he said, “In studio working on new album. Can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music.”

We don’t know about you, but that definitely puts a smile on our face. Who’s ready for some new music from Mr. Chesney?

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Photo: Kenny Chesney Went Surfing In Hawaii On New Year’s Day

Not a bad way to spend the first day of 2014, huh?


Life On A Rock Is Kenny Chesney’s 7th Top 200 Album Debut

Deeply Personal Look at Life, Loss, Love + Friendship Strikes a Chord

Nashville: For a man who never intended to make a record, or ever thought this collection of musical sketches would be heard by anybody but his closest friends, Kenny Chesney’s Life On A Rock has hit a nerve with music fans. Though more unplugged and contemplative than what people expect from the 4-time Country Music Association and 4-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, Rock debuted at #1 on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Albums chart (with sales of 152,800). This marks Kenny’s 7th Top 200 album debut and his 12th consecutive Billboard Top Country Albums chart debut.

“It’s a little surreal,” says the man who’s sold in excess of 30 million albums. “I did this almost as an act of faith, a belief in songwriting and capturing real life. Many of these songs I carried around in a notebook in my backpack – and wrote the music later. Some of them are 6, 7 years old. And when they started to come together as a song cycle, I didn’t know if I was crazy, or if this was the right thing to do.

“The idea that it debuted at #1? Well, that tells me people, music fans care about songwriting and what you share… about looking back and moving on, something more than just partying and having a good time. So, in some ways, this (Top 200 debut) means as much to me or more.”

Certainly, a reflective body of work that boasts only one booming anthem – the Top 5 and climbing “Pirate Flag” – isn’t the obvious move. But for Chesney, in the midst of his No Shoes Nation tour that will hit 19 NFL Stadiums this summer, sometimes doing the right thing as an artist is the right thing.

“People maybe didn’t expect it… and it’s not what ‘the business’ says you should do. But after all the albums and all the hits, I’d like to think my fans are deeper than that. And the No Shoes Nation, which is what I call them, just proved me right!”

The Washington Post concurred, offering, “It’s a bold move, considering that a new crop of country rockers are selling millions of albums modeled on Chesney’s pounding arena rock sound. But, to his credit, Chesney follows his muse and offers up an album that exposes his weathered soul. The result is as appealing as it is surprising,” while The Chicago Tribune opined, “The singer-songwriter turns a loving eye on the spiritual vibe of a life lived off the grid and a group of friends who taught him the cathartic value of living life in the moment” and The Boston Globe said, “Chesney returns to that reflective, often acoustic, place for Life on a Rock… and again hits a high-water mark.”

Indeed, USA Today, which cited “Pirate Flag” as their Song of the Week before it was even released, wrote, “Chesney’s always been able to live in the moment; now, he sounds like he’s appreciating them more than ever.”

Featuring Willie Nelson on the calypso-driven “Coconut Tree” and the Wailers on “Spread The Love,” the proceeds going to the Spread The Love: A Fund for Boston to benefit people needing prosthetics from the Boston Marathon bombings, Life On A Rock takes fans deeper into Chesney’s world – and they’ve responded whole-heartedly.

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And The CMA Award Nominees Are….

Wednesday morning, the nominations for the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced on Good Morning America by Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, who took over for Lady Antebellum who weren’t able to fly out of Nashville due to bad weather. The winners will be announced on November 1, 2012, and the show will be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley for the 5th consecutive year.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the 46th annual CMA Awards Nominations:

The nominations are:

Entertainer Of The Year:
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist:
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

New Artist:
Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love & Theft
Thompson Square

Vocal Group:
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo:
Big & Rich
Love & Theft
Sugarland
Thompson Square
The Civil Wars

Single:
Dirt Road Anthem – Jason Aldean
God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
Home – Dierks Bentley
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Springsteen – Eric Church

Album:
Chief – Eric Church
Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
Home – Dierks Bentley
Own The Night – Lady Antebellum
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan

Song:
Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Written by Will Howe & Eric Paslay
God Gave Me You – Written by Dave Barnes
Home – Written by Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers & Dierks Bentley
Over You – Written by Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton
Springsteen – Written by Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell & Jeff Hyde

Musical Event:
Dixie Highway – Alan Jackson & Zac Brown Band
Feel Like A Rockstar – Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw
Roll Me Up And Smoke Me Before I Die – Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson & Jamie Johnson
Safe & Sound – Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars
Stuck on You – Lionel Ritchie & Darius Rucker

Music Video:
Come Over – Kenny Chesney
Over You – Miranda Lambert
Pontoon – Little Big Town
Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
Springsteen – Eric Church

Musician:
Sam Bush – Mandolin
Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
Dann Huff – Guitar
Brent Mason – Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar

The Best Of Nashville And LA Songwriters/Recording Artists Will Celebrate Their Craft In The Wild West Of Historic Deadwood

(Deadwood, South Dakota) – Over 20 Hot-Shot songwriters and recording artists will travel to Deadwood, South Dakota to take part in the inaugural Wild West Songwriters Festival which will take place October 11-14, 2012.

These Songwriters have penned hits for the biggest names in Country and Rock music such as Kenny Chesney, Eric Clapton, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Tonic, Fuel, LeAnn Rimes, Restless Heart, Tyler Hilton and Jack’s Mannequin,  just to name a few, and will gather to entertain and delight crowds during the exciting weekend.

The Festival will celebrate the tradition of story telling through song in a way that is unique to the culture and history of Deadwood’s Wild Western ways. Performances will be held day and night at some of Historic Deadwood’s finest establishments, including The Deadwood Mountain Grand, Saloon #10, The Bullock Hotel, and The Deadwood Loading Dock.

Performances will be “In the Round,” featuring three to five songwriters guiding the intimate, conversational show. The Songwriters themselves will perform their biggest hits as they were written, as well as share their true-life stories of how these songs began with pen and paper and ended being recorded and performed by some of the biggest Rock and Country artists. The weekend-long Festival won’t stop with powerhouse performances – the Wild West Songwriters Festival will host Nightcap Socials, Happy Hours, and other events for Weekend Pass-Holders.

Wild West Songwriters Festival Performers:

Emerson Hart (of Tonic) – “If You Could Only See” and “Open Up Your Eyes” – Tonic 

Wayne Kirkpatrick – “Change The World” – Eric Clapton, “Boondocks” and “Bring It On Home” – Little Big Town

Jaren Johnston – “Sing ‘Em My Good Friend” – Kenny Chesney, “You Gonna Fly” – Keith Urban, “If It Rains” – Meatloaf 

Carl Bell (of Fuel) – “Shimmer,” “Hemorrhage,” and “Bad Day” – Fuel  

Billy Burnette – “What’s a Little Love Between Friends,” “Soldier of Love,” and “Ain’t It Just Like Love” – Billy Burnette 

Tyler Hilton (Songwriter, Artist, and Actor) – “This World Will Turn Your Way,” “You’ll Ask for Me” and “How Love Should Be” – Tyler Hilton

Cary Barlowe – “American Honey” – Lady Antebellum, “Untouchable” – Taylor Swift, “No Yesterday” – Bucky Covington

Andrew McMahon – “Dear Jack”, “The Resuloution” and “Swim” – Jack’s Mannequin, “Space,” “Punk Rock Princess” – Something Corporate  

Steven Dale Jones – “One More Day” – Diamond Rio, “He Gets That From Me” – Reba McEntire, “Ten Thousand Angels” – Mindy McCready

Bonnie Baker – “Love Makes Me” and “Rainy Season” – Hunter Hays, “Play” – Rascal Flatts    

Catilyn Smith – “It Ain’t Easy” – Jason Aldean, “Let It Hurt” – Rascal Flatts    

Shane McAnally – “Last Call” – Le Ann Womack, “Neon” – Chris Young, “Alone With You” – Jake Owen

Josh Osborne – “Neon” – Chris Young, “Come Over” – Kenny Chesney    

Marc Beeson – “When She Cries” – Restless Heart, “Long After I’m Gone” – Big Kenny, “This Love” – LeAnn Rimes 

Brandy Clark – “Crazy Woman” – LeAnn Rimes, “Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert, “The Day She Got Divorced” – Reba McEntire

Danny Myrick – “She’s Country” – Jason Aldean, “International Harvester” – Craig Morgan, “Loud” – Big & Rich  

Weekend passes are available for $75 and will include access to all performances, Night Caps, Happy Hour Socials, and more. Single-Day tickets are available for $25-35. To order tickets, please visit www.DeadwoodMountainGrand.com.

About The Deadwood Mountain Grand: Prior to the opening of this Hotel, Event Center, and Casino, the property was home to the mining structure known as the Deadwood Slime Plant. The City’s Historic Preservation Commission funded the facade restoration, to ensure the historic mining heritage is honored and preserved. Currently, the Event Center plays host to performances by some of Music’s biggest acts. Artists who have set the stage include: Don Williams, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Ronnie Milsap, The Bellamy Brothers, Randy Travis, Chris Young, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more. For more information please visit www.DeadwoodMountainGrand.com.

About Saloon #10: Saloon #10 is the famed location where Wild Bill Hickok played his last game of poker after being killed by the assassin Jack McCall. When Wild Bill was killed he was holding a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights, forever known as the “Dead Man’s Hand”. Billed as the only museum in the world with a bar, the Saloon #10 is known throughout the world for not only its history but for its range of live music and parties. For more information please visit saloon10.com.

About The Bullock Hotel: This historic property on Deadwood’s Main Street was built by Deadwood’s first sheriff, Seth Bullock. You can step back in time and through the very same corridors that Bullock still proudly “haunts”. According to dozens of reports, Bullock continues to play host at his beloved hotel. Participants will enjoy live music and sessions in “Seth’s Cellar” in the basement of the Hotel. For more information please visit historicbullock.com.

About Deadwood Loading Dock: The Deadwood Loading Dock sits in the location where W.E. Adams made his fortune and right next to Deadwood’s train depot which brought thousands of people to Deadwood seeking their fortune either from gold or from other “not- so-reputable” ways. Fore more information please visit deadwoodloadingdock.com.

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Country Music Stars And Their Pets – Meet Kenny Chesney’s Dog Pancho

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Video: Bret Michaels And Kenny Chesney Performing ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’ – 2011 Goin’ Coastal Tour

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