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14 Nov, 2014

Billboard interview


Chesney says that male country singers ‘objectify’ women in an interview with Billboard.

Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she’s in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate—they objectify the hell out of them. Twenty years ago, I might have written a song like that— I probably did. But I’m at a point where I want to say something different about women.

13 Oct, 2014

Til It’s Gone

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, Til It’s Gone, from his album, The Big Revival. Chesney:

If you think about what the song says, it’s very much a one-on-one piece of communicating. It’s about hanging on to the one who matters to you; for me, it’s talking straight to those hardcore fans who’ve been there — and saying ‘no matter where or what, I’m in this as long as you hang on.

16 Aug, 2014

Only 2014 concert

Music PerformanceTV Appearance

Flora-Bama Concert With Kenny Chesney - ShowChesney plays to a crowd of 40,000 at his free concert, Flora-Bama Jama at The Flora-Bama on the state line between Orange Beach, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. The beach show will be the only concert performance of 2014 for Chesney:

Man, when those people kicked in and started singing back to me, that just hit me in the heart. A year without touring takes me away from that, and those fans… whether they know it or not… inspire me. So having spent the year writing and recording, that was like plugging into the source.

12 Aug, 2014

Flora Bama

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, Flora Bama, from his album, The Big Revival. Chesney:

It’s a very specific song about a very specific place. But it’s also a song for anyone who has somewhere they go to let their mind unwind. It’s about bein’ easy, but bein’ engaged. Because – as I’ve said – places like the Flora-Bama are what life is all about.

7 Jul, 2014

American Kids

Single Release

Chesney releases American Kids, a song that captures the trials, tribulations and successes of growing up in the U.S.A.

Listening to those finely crafted lyrics, seeing those images — “little map dots,” “teenage dreamin’, front seat leanin'” and “uptown down home American kids” — I remember being that kid. I remember my braces. I remember the first time a boy held my hand, and I thought my heart would burst. I remember feeling like I could conquer the world all while being scared to death of it.

5 Feb, 2013

Pirate Flag

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, Pirate Flag, from his album, Life On A Rock. Chesney:

What people might not realize about a lot of the ‘babes’ in this video is those are my friends, girls I know from the island who did the very thing this song is about, and that freedom from what’s expected just makes them shine. I think there’s a little bit of ‘Ferris Bueller’ in all of us, and this song is all about who we’d be on a perfect day where we just said, ‘Forget about it!’ So, that’s what we tried to capture.

11 Jul, 2012

People cover

Magazine Cover

chesneyChesney and McGraw appears on the cover of People to discuss their tour, basketball, and being there for each other after so many years. On touring together:

As good of friends as we are, we’ve been on different paths for several years. To be able to spend the whole summer together and reconnect is awesome. One of the reasons there’s so much chemistry onstage is that Tim and I both grew up the same way; we both have a lot of the same heroes-George Strait, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Whitley-and we’re both competitive.

10 Jul, 2012

El Cerrito Place commentary


Chesney talks about his song, El Cerrito Place, from his album, Welcome To The Fishbowl. Chesney:

I’ve loved that song for a while. There is a certain longing in this song that in a lot of ways I really relate to. It’s about wanting something that’s not there. The character in the song has a certain insanity that I think is very relate-able with a lot of people.

7 May, 2012

Come Over

Single Release

Chesney releases his single Come Over from his album, Welcome to the Fishbowl. Chesney about the song:

Come Over is to me about two people that are as broken as their relationship is, where they realize deep down that their relationship has probably ran its course, but they aren’t really ready to emotionally or physically move on to somethin’ else. So what do they do? They keep goin’ back to each other because it’s familiar. And this song to me is more than just about comfortable sex. It’s about emotionally being wanted in a moment where it really feels impossible to let anybody else fill that void.

20 Apr, 2012

Feel Like A Rockstar

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, Feel Like A Rockstar, featuring McGraw, from his album, Welcome to the Fishbowl. Chesney:

It describes my fan base to a T because my road family, we have always worked very hard, but we’ve always lived by the theory of we work really hard and play harder.It seemed to work for us. I think that defines a lot of the people that have spent a lot of summers with us out there on the road. The first time I heard Feel Like a Rock Star, I knew I was gonna record it because it defined everything that we’re about out there on the road.

28 Sep, 2010


Single Release

Chesney releases the single, Reality, from his album, Hemingway’s Whiskey.

So I’d go to the dentist to have something done and they’d put that gas mask on me and I’d be like, ‘Wow, that’s as relaxed as I’ve been in years!’ I thought to myself, ‘This is why people smoke pot right here! This is it!’ I don’t smoke pot, but this is why people do it, I guarantee you. Because it gets them away from reality. I even asked my dentist, ‘I just want to come over here and sit some time, can you guys do that?’ He said, ‘We can’t do that, we’d get in trouble.

I swear, I started writing that song on the way home. But then I related it to everybody that comes to see us. That’s what live music is. It’s an escape from reality. That’s why as a kid I loved it. I still love going to shows, I love live music. That’s where I got the idea to write the song, it’s my message to the fans that it’s OK to break free and escape reality, with us.

You And Tequila

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, You And Tequila, featuring Grace Potter from his album, Hemingway’s Whiskey.

I’d never met Grace Potter until she came into the studio. She grew up in the woods in Vermont. I grew up in the woods in East Tennessee. We come from completely worlds, different backgrounds, probably religious beliefs, we haven’t talked about it. I don’t know what her political beliefs are, I don’t know nothing about any of that. I know she’s a great person and I know that she is a hell of a singer. I heard her voice and I knew I would love to sing with her one day. I didn’t know it would be on this, or this soon.

23 Aug, 2010

The Boys of Fall

Single Release

Chesney releases his single The Boys of Fall from his album, Hemingway’s Whiskey. Songwriter Casey Beathard tells what inspired him to write the song:

Football is my biggest passion other than songwriting and the family stuff I do. If I’m not with my family or writing, I’m at home just watching football. That’s my background. My dad and brothers were in football, and I have a big passion for it. I’m coaching my kids all through it.

20 Sep, 2009

Cries on stage

Chesney cries on stage while singing, Better As A Memory, from the album, Just Who I Am: Poets And Pirates, on his Sun City Carnival Tour. Chesney:

It’s the most brutally honest song on this record about me and about my reality. That whole song is a letter that I’ve written to several girls. It’s very honest. It’s a brutally honest song. It really is. And they will definitely open up the book a little bit and see inside just a touch.

6 Apr, 2009

Out Last Night

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, Out Last Night, from his album, Greatest Hits Volume 2. Chesney:

I think people have so much heavy stuff to deal with. You can get so lost in all of that, that you miss the little things that make life worth living. And I believe we have a choice: we can drown in the bad stuff, or we can figure out how to laugh a little bit. Sometimes it’s as simple as just hanging out with your buddies somewhere. That’s what the song is about. Not anything more than just that… and yet, when things are bad, talking about sports, flirting with the girls, not doing much of anything can sure make you feel a whole lot better for a little while – and that can make everything a whole easier to shoulder.

21 Oct, 2008

I’m Alive

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, I’m Alive, featuring Dave Matthews from his album, Lucky Old Sun. Chesney wrote the song after his break-up with Rene Zellweger:

Just because of where I was in my life when I wrote it. I woke up one day and realized, even though I’m going through all this stuff and don’t feel good about it, the outer shell of my life is really great. I’m alive; I get to make music; I’ve got a lot of great friends. That’s the message of the song.

Don’t Blink

Single Release

 Chesney releases his single, Don’t Blink, from his album, Just who I Am: Pirates and Poets. Song writer, Chris Wallin shares his inspiration behind the song:

I’d had the idea for that song for about a year. It was one of those things that I felt really personal about because I had lost three major family members within a two-year period. My mother, my grandmother and my brother. When something like that happens — there was a line that I was wanting to put in the song that never made it in the song. ‘We always send flowers to people when they’re gone. We should send them when they’re living.’ You don’t always have that time, anyway.

17 Aug, 2007

Take Me There

Single Release

The band releases their song, Take Me There, from their album, Still Feels Good. Chesney wrote the song.

I had the idea for that song several years ago, and I had written it down on a piece of paper in a notebook. I was going through a bunch of stuff and saw where I had written that down and had forgotten about it. The whole idea of the song was about meeting someone who still has their guard up from a previous relationship or whatever it is. There’s something inside of her that she’s not showing anybody, about what makes her tick, about what makes her love, what makes her give, what makes her be who she is.I had three lines written down. So I called Neil Thrasher and told him about this idea when I found it in my notebook. And he says, ‘Let me think about that for a little bit.’ He called me back in a couple of days, and the next thing, you hear him on the phone with a guitar (singing) ‘Tell me ’bout your mama.’ I went “Oh my God!” (laughs) ‘It sounds pretty good’.

Apr 2006


Single Release

Chesney releases the single, Summertime, from his album, The Road and the Radio. The song was written by Craig Wiseman and Steve McEwan. Wiseman:

Steve was in town from London. We had about three days to write, so we were really taking advantage of our time. We’d go til 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning… until we dropped!We were writing ‘My Old Friend’ [for Tim McGraw], but we were trying not to write a ballad so we kept trying not to write that particular song. Finally around midnight, we took a break from writing ‘My Old Friend’ and went out on the back steps of my office. It was that first night when it stays warm, and you can smell the grass growing. I walked outside and was like, ‘Man… summertime! Smell that!’ It was that first warm night of summer. It was great.
That next day, I was driving in to write with Steve. For whatever reason, I kept going, ‘Summertime! Summertime!’ It was sticking in my head. We got to the office, and I pulled up a drumbeat and started saying it to the beat. I didn’t want to call it ‘Summertime,’ because you want to come up with a little better of a title than that, but it just kept coming back to ‘Summertime.’
I’m from Mississippi, so I’m a kid from the South. Summertime was always the start of the year for me, and it still is. I look at my year starting not in January, but in June when school is letting out. If I’m going to be associated with a season, I’d rather it be summertime than try to write another Christmas song or something!

23 May, 2005

People cover

Magazine Cover

zellwegerZellwegger and Chesney appears on the cover of People after they got married. The two dated for five months before eloping. Source:

It was a very spare service. It wasn’t about big parties. It wasn’t about grand gestures or massive $40,000 displays of flowers. It was about two very happy people finding each other.

6 May, 2002

The Good Stuff

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, The Good Stuff, from his album; No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem. The song was Billboard’s No.1 Country single of 2002.

2 Mar, 1999

How Forever Feels

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, How Forever Feels, from his album, Everywhere We Go. Chesney almost lost the opportunity to release the song as McGraw had already cut it. McGraw decided not to release the song. McGraw:

I’m glad you cut it. It just didn’t work for me

14 Jun, 1996

Somewhere With You

Single Release

Chesney releases the single, Somewhere With You, from his album, Hemingway’s Whiskey. Chesney:

This song killed me when I heard it. This is a tortured soul song. If you get going with somebody, you’ve been in a relationship and for whatever reason she’s gone or you’re gone. And you’re not necessarily in another relationship, but you’re with somebody else, just starting something with somebody else. Trying to balance both those worlds is tough. I’ve done it a lot, where you’re with somebody and you’re thinking this isn’t necessarily bad, but wow, man it would be really great to be with you. That can be a lot of mental baggage

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