|Posted by Administrator on June 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
With “American Kids” hitting at country radio with 116 adds its first week, premiering the kinetic video for the song that declares what it means to be coming of age beyond today’s youth-driven clichés was going to be a multi-platform proposition. Look for the Shaun Silva-directed clip to premiere online at VEVO, for broadcast on CMT: Country Music Television and GAC: Great American Country on June 30. Look for a sneak-peek, behind-the-scenes on www.etonline.com
Shot in and around Southern California, “American Kids” features an eclectic group of young men and women, making music, feeling wholly alive and savoring the adventure in a crazy painted school bus. The bus, painted specifically for the clip, is meant to represent getting beyond what you know and coloring outside the lines.
“I don’t care who you are or what you do,” says the 4-time Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, “everybody needs to let their hair down, just forget about expectations and be in the moment. I love this song because of the way it paints a picture of how we all grow up, the innocence and the fun; but if you really listen, it’s about how we should really live and love.”
Hearing “American Kids” for the first time, Chesney decided it was so much more than another big hit song. From the pulsating staccato opening rhythm to the laundry list of details that carve a three-dimensional picture of coming of age in America, he recognized the song’s distillation of growing up in the flyover. But it was the euphoria of being alive that pulsated in the melody that pushed him for the clip.
“When you hear that song, big as it is, you can tell there’s so much more to it: the freedom, the rush of how good life feels when you let go and embrace it. It’s easy to do a literal video, have a bonfire, hit a small town football field, but I wanted everyone to get out of what they know! It’s when you don’t know, and you’re winging it sometimes, that you have the most fun.”
“American Kids” (http://smarturl.it/americankids) is the first single from Chesney’s highly anticipated 15th studio album. Unlike anything the songwriter’s ever recorded, it signals yet another kind of country music from the man who’s brought unique collaborations with Grace Potter, Willie Nelson, Uncle Kracker, Dave Matthews and the Wailers to the country airwaves.
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Photo Credit: Allister Ann
“When I took a year off to make this next record, I knew there was something special out there, but it was going to take time to find it, to write it, to bring it to life in the recording studio,” says the man The Los Angeles Times calls “the people’s superstar.” To that end, “American Kids” – the lead single from Kenny Chesney's fall album project – arrives today.
With a 6 a.m. debut on NoShoesRadio, a simultaneous feed to all radio outlets and the opportunity to buy Chesney’s first new high-octane country single in almost four years at iTunes, “American Kids” sets the bar for what his next album will hold. Celebrating the way people live in the flyover, the song captures the details, the realities and especially the exuberance of the moments, memories and laughter that define being wildly alive in America today.
“With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever heard,” Chesney says, “this song’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard. The second Shane [McAnally] 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.”
Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, “American Kids” evokes the little pink houses and born in the USA of several generations, while embodying the swept-up-in-the-moment urgency and complete abandon of today’s teens and 20-somethings.
“There is so much more to being alive than partying, tailgates and bonfires,” says the Luttrell, Tennessean. “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.”
With the psychedelic bus video teaser and single cover, it’s obvious Chesney’s again pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in country music. And like all the young people dancing on the bus, it appears he’s also taken his good time savvy to a whole new place – and the living is awesome.
“Just because it makes you smile,” Chesney says, “that doesn’t mean a song can’t say something! 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...”
Co-producing with longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, Chesney is mixing his 16th studio release. With the emphasis on great songs, pushing the boundaries without betraying who he is, the first wave hits today.
|Posted by Administrator on June 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Kenny Chesney has a teaser out givng fans a first look at his upcoming single "American Kids". The new single will be available on June 23. You can view the teaser video below.
|Posted by Administrator on November 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and “King of Country” George Strait will play his final concert June 7, 2014 at the 100,000-seat capacity AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The show, which is the last date for Quicken Loans Presents George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014, will include an all-star lineup of guest artists (performing three songs each) including Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.
Fittingly, the opening act for Strait’s final concert will be the “Kings of Texas Swing” and six-time Grammy Award-winning group, Asleep At The Wheel.
Tickets for the highly-anticipated concert will go on sale to the public Friday, December 6 at 10:00 AM CST and can be purchased via Strait's official website here.
Additionally, Strait's latest single "I Got A Car" is working its way onto country radio. It is the third release from his chart-topping 40th album Love Is Everything and was penned by Tony Douglas and Keith Gattis. To see more on the story behind the song, click here.
Although this is Strait’s final concert tour, the legendary artist will continue to record new music for longtime label home MCA Records and will perform select dates across the country after the tour has wrapped. For more information, please visit www.georgestrait.com.
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Kenny Chesney will be a special guest during Zac Brown Band's "Super Set" on Friday, Sept 27 at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville. The four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and four-time, consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year is an impressive addition to the lineup of artists for this year's event. Other sit-in guests for the Super Sets, which close both nights of the festival, include John Fogerty, Jason Mraz, and more great artists and legends to be announced soon. Presented by Landshark Lager, the two-day event returns to Nashville's Great Lawn at Riverfront Park this Sept 27-28. Tickets available here!
This year's festival will also feature star chefs Stephanie Izard, Giuseppe Tentori, and Shon Foster cooking up signature dishes including Sloppy Goat sandwiches, Oyster PoBoy Sliders, and s'mores with dark chocolate and bacon. Beer sommelier Gary Valentine will prepare beer pairings for signature dishes and other festival favorites courtesy of top Nashville vendors.
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One of country music’s most successful and influential groups of all time, ALABAMA, will release their highly anticipated new album, ALABAMA & Friends, on Tuesday, August 27 through Show Dog-Universal Music. The project is a tribute album, honoring the legendary group that helped change the face of country music.ALABAMA & Friends will feature some of country music’s hottest stars — all delivering their own unique versions of the multi-platinum-selling band’s biggest hits, including Jason Aldean (“Tennessee River”), Luke Bryan (“Love in the First Degree”), Kenny Chesney (“Lady Down on Love”), Eli Young Band (“The Closer You Get”), Florida Georgia Line (“I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)”), Jamey Johnson (“My Home’s in Alabama”), Toby Keith (“She and I”),Rascal Flatts (“Old Flame”) and Trisha Yearwood (“Forever’s As Far As I’ll Go”).
The 11-song collection will also feature the band’s first new tracks in over 10 years – “All American” (written by Trey Bruce) and “That’s How I Was Raised” (written by Charley Stefl, Tony Ramey, Skip Sasser and Trent Tomlinson), which has the group teaming again with legendary producer Harold Shedd who worked closely with the group in their early years.
“It’s a storybook episode in my life and in the career of ALABAMA to have Harold on board and to see him as excited as we were after all these years,” says frontman Randy Owen.
The songs chosen for the project are among the most memorable in country music and will remind fans and the music industry alike why this Southern Rock/Country band broke so many sales records throughout their remarkable career. Their crossover appeal to country, rock and pop audiences and meteoric accomplishments set the bar high for those that have since followed.
“Our longevity is a tribute to the hard work we did in selecting songs, because it’s the songs that people remember,” says bassist Teddy Gentry.
“It’s very much an honor that they’d take part in an ALABAMA tribute,” guitarist Jeff Cook says of the acts included on the album. “We had a lot of fun working with them, and I think the finished product testifies to both the fun and the quality that went into it.”
After signing with RCA in 1980, ALABAMA soared to the top with 21 consecutive No. 1 hits, a feat that will most likely never be equaled in any genre. During their career, they have had more than 30 singles that have topped the country charts and have sold more than 73 million albums worldwide. They are one of the most celebrated groups, scoring more than 150 major industry nods, including two Grammys, the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian award, Entertainer of the Year awards three times from the CMA and five times from the ACM, as well as the ACM Artist of the Decade award. They have earned 21 Gold ®, Platinum ®, and Multi-Platinum ® albums and were named the RIAA’s Country Group of the Century.
Earlier this year, ALABAMA launched their Back to The Bowery Tour. The highly successful tour has consistently sold out many of its previously announced dates, resulting in the addition of several new shows along the way, including an upcoming performance on November 3 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman date marks the very first time ALABAMA has performed a concert at the most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Tickets to the Ryman concert will go on sale Friday, July 26 and will be available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Ryman Box Office, 800-745-3000 and www.ryman.com.
For more information on ALABAMA & Friends, as well as a complete listing of tour dates, visit www.thealabamaband.com.
|Posted by Administrator on June 27, 2013 at 1:45 AM||comments (0)|
Billed as "Country's $500 Million Man," Toby Keith is on the cover of Forbes' Celebrity 100 issue. "The most vertically integrated performer in the music business" details his rise from oil rigs to the stage, departure from Universal, investment in Big Machine and other successful ventures, often providing dollar figures. Also in the issue, the celebrity power list finds Taylor Swift at No. 6, Keith at No. 43, Carrie Underwood at No. 46, Kenny Chesney at No. 47 and, at No. 1, Oprah Winfrey. Read the cover story here; see the Celebrity 100 here.
|Posted by Administrator on May 9, 2013 at 1:05 AM||comments (0)|
Kenny Chesney will appear on Katie with Katie Couric on May 13.
“Katie is so smart, and so good,” Chesney says of the woman whose talk show received multiple Emmy nominations in its first season. “When you talk to her, you can tell she doesn’t just understand, she gets it and that makes you want to really talk to her. That kind of interviewing is rare, and I’m so glad we were able to make it happen.”
The show, which also features two segments of First Responders in the Boston Marathon Bombing and a mother/daughter who were both injured, focuses on Chesney’s Spread The Love Fund, earmarked to help the injured get prosthetics .
“Meeting the firemen and policemen, EMTs and the doctor who was running the Marathon and broke through the police barricade to treat the injured,” the songwriter says, “was really a profound perspective giver. You look at those people, who didn’t think about their own safety, but helping others – and you realize what a hero really is!”
He also performed a stripped down version of his album Life On A Rock’s “Spread The Love” with guitarists Kenny Greenberg and Clayton Mitchell, the song the Wailers had recorded in Jamaica they asked Chesney to write lyrics for. Chesney’s portion of the money from all downloads of “Spread The Love” will go to the Spread the Love Fund.
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Out today is Kenny Chesney's brand new album, "Life On A Rock", and its surely the most personal work he's ever done, and time will likely prove it to be among his best-loved by fans.
"The spirit of this record is so much about friendship," says Kenny. "A lot of these songs were inspired by the people I’ve met, the lives we’ve shared and the way they inspired me." Those friends include Willie Nelson, who joins Chesney for the track "Coconut Tree," and The Wailers, who help him out on "Spread The Love."
Be sure to pick up your copy of "Life On A Rock" in stores now! You can also download the album on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/life-on-a-rock/id606542649
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With the assistance of WKLB/Boston, Kenny Chesney has established Spread The Love: A Fund For Boston through Boston Medical Center to pay for prosthetics and post-acute care needed by Boston Marathon bombing victims. Launched with an undisclosed "sizable" donation from Chesney, the fund will also receive proceeds from sales of the song "Spread The Love" from his new album, as well as direct donations.
"Music can be healing," Chesney says. "When you’re at your lowest, it can inspire – the way these athletes, their friends, family and the city of Boston inspire me. I want to give back to the ones who need it, but also to heal all of us a little bit. So, spread the love."
"BMC cared for many of the patients most seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, patients who have a long journey of recovery ahead," says Kate Walsh, BMC President/CEO. "Over time, the spotlight will fade, but their needs will go on. We thank Mr. Chesney for stepping forward to make sure these and all the Marathon patients have all the support they need over the long haul."
"We are extremely grateful to Kenny Chesney for spearheading a Boston-based fund that will meet real immediate and future needs: prosthetics and prosthetic therapy for victims," says WKLB PD Mike Brophey. "Boston Medical Center, the patients with prosthetic needs, and the City of Boston will quickly and directly benefit from the Spread The Love Fund."
The song can be purchased on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/life-on-a-rock/id606542649 and direct donations can be made at https://development.bmc.org/page.aspx?pid=628