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Kenny Chesney to Receive the “Groundbreaker Award”

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Kenny Chesney will receive the “Groundbreaker Award” at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards Dec. 15 on FOX-TV. The honor recognizes Kenny for his musical accomplishments and his role in expanding country music.

“To be given the first of any special award is a great honor,” he tells People.com, “because you know they’ve really thought about it. What they want that award to mean or represent, and how you do that. Given what they’re saying the Groundbreaker Award means, I’m honored that’s how the ACC Awards sees me. I try to push what we’ve done, give the fans the best night of the summer – and hopefully, we can keep making the music better and more interesting to give them a reason to come back.”

Kenny is gearing up for his 55 date 2015 The Big Revival Tour.  The tour will include show to 55 cities, including 20 stadium shows.

Kenny Chesney ‘Christmas in Blue Chair Bay’

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Kenny Chesney has always had a soft spot in his heart for the holidays. Whether spent in the Smokey Mountains or somewhere in the islands, the spirit of family, friends and good times are what it’s all about. And after a decade, the songwriter from East Tennessee dips his toe back into the holiday waters with the slightly Calypso, wholly acoustic “Christmas In Blue Chair Bay.”

“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,” Chesney says. “Over the last ten 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.

Kicked back, “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay” celebrates the chilled-out side of Chesney’s appeal. Taking it easy, loving life and painting a picture of a simple place where the emphasis is on what’s shared between people, it is a different kind of holiday song, but one that paints the fidelity among people with a genuine sense of warmth.
Produced with Buddy Cannon, this is Chesney’s first Christmas music since 2003’s nearly-Platinum All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan. Mixing originals with Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper,” Alabama’s “Christmas In Dixie” and Keith Whitley’s “Just a Kid” and classics “Silent Night” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” its release caused lines so long at Minneapolis’ Mall of America three days before release it prompted the installation of heating units and porta-potties for the people waiting.

“I don’t know that anything I’ll ever do around the holidays will have that kind of response,” Chesney laughs about the album that also featured the debut of the Grigsby Twins on vocals. “But I do know that my family really loves Christmas – and I was in the mood, especially with the time I’ve been spending in Barbados with my rum, to try and distill how slow and sweet the holidays in the islands are when we can get there.”

For anyone who savors Chesney’s unique mix of sea salt, small towns, unwinding and enjoying life and the people you’re with right where you are, this song hits the nerve. As the lyrics invite, “Everybody raise a glass with me right now/ To all of those up in the snow from all of us down South/ ‘Tis the season for believing and faith and family/ I wish you were here with me…”

With “American Kids” already spending multiple weeks at No. 1, “Til It’s Gone” hitting the charts at No. 18 on add date and rising, The Big Revival is speaking to the fans in a way that celebrates the way they live. As his Big Revival Tour has already sold out 110,000 tickets for two shows in Boston in just twelve minutes, the 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year knows about settling in for the holidays to recharge what’s to come – and “Christmas In Blue Chair Bay” is the sound of good cheer and getting ready for the year ahead with 55 dates and a whole lot more music that just won’t stop.

Kenny Chesney Takes a Stand Against ‘Bro-Country’ in Billboard Cover Story

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Kenny Chesney covers the newest issue of Billboard, and inside he takes a stand against the ever popular ‘bro-country.’

“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,” he says. “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.”

Thank God! Thank you Kenny Chesney. Do you wanna know why he wants to say something different about women??? Cuz he’s not a 19 year old kid anymore… Kenny Chesney is a grown man who wants to sing about being a grown man. (Take notes Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean).

Instead, Chesney depicts a strong, independent woman in his single “Wild Child,” off his new album The Big Revival. It’s with this album that Kenny decided to become more than just the guy on the beach.

“I would listen to the songs I’d recorded, and they were good, but I felt like we were repeating ourselves.” It wasn’t until he found the first single, “American Kids,” and co-wrote “Wild Child” that, he says, “I felt the excitement I needed to feel when I decided to take a year off.” (Rocker Grace Potter, with whom Chesney recorded the hit duet “You and Tequila,” rejoined him on “Wild Child.”)

You can read more of Kenny’s interview with Billboard here.

Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen and More Gather to Raise Money for Robin Majors

Photo by: Charles White

Photo by: Charles White

Country music, a genre long known for its do-gooding & family-like bond, gathered together to help one of its own, Robin Majors, at Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville, TN. Majors, a beloved behind-the-scenes guy with 37+ years in the touring industry, was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer and miraculously given a new liver in January of this year. The event last night was organized to raise money to help offset the astronomical and ongoing medical bills.

Hosted by SiriusXM’s Storme Warren, the show featured Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Troy Gentry, Wade Hayes, Darryl Worley, David Adam Byrnes, Jim Quick, Ray Scott, Paulette Carlson, Brian Nutter, Mark Collie, Jon Berry, Henry Paul & others.

Majors, who is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney, is known for his wide smile and positive attitude on the road. He would like to thank MusicCares, The Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund and the Academy of Country Music for financial assistance through their respective programs and Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the excellent care he has received through this entire ordeal.

For those who unable to attend the benefit, there are two ways to make donations: Straight into the Robin Majors Gift of Life Fund, through Wells Fargo Private Bank, 3100 West End Ave, Ste 550, Nashville, TN, 37203. Attn: Danielle Bouharoun. Donations can also be made online here.

CMA Songwriters Series to Wrap 10 Year Anniversary in NYC

Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA

Photo Credit: Donn Jones / CMA

2014 not only marked the 10th anniversary of the CMA Songwriters Series, but also marked new heights in the growth of the popular series. In celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the Series has not only traveled from the Sundance Film Festival to London, but has also made its national television debut as part of a partnership to air the CMA Songwriters Series through public television’s “Front and Center.”

In December, the CMA Songwriters Series culminates its 10-year anniversary celebration in the venue where it all began when it returns to Joe’s Pub in New York City for a two-night event Dec. 3 and 4 with the writers who were part of those very first shows in 2005. Celebrating its decade-long run, the CMA Songwriters Series features songwriter and host Bob DiPiero performing alongside Radney Foster, Brett James, and Craig Wiseman. Tickets are on sale now and show times for both nights are 6:30 and 9:00 PM/ET.

In January of this year the CMA Songwriters Series kicked off its 10th Anniversary season with standing-room-only shows at the Sundance Film Festival featuring Brandy Clark, James, Chris Stapleton, and Lee Ann Womack.

Later in the year, a very special Songwriters Series that featured Sara Evans joined by songwriters Chris DeStefano, James, and Marcus Hummon plus surprise guest Gavin DeGraw played to a sold out audience in Nashville the night before “The 48th Annual CMA Awards.” Additionally, the series has performed shows in Paradise Island, Bahamas as part of the Atlantis Live Paradise Music Festival Presented by HGTV, as well as Austin, Chicago, New York, and London.

As part of the anniversary-year celebration, CMA partnered with public television’s critically-acclaimed concert series “Front and Center” to present two separate hour-long concert specials for the 2014 fall season. The shows, airing currently, feature the music of CMA Award winner Lady Antebellum as they are joined by special songwriter guests, and a special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with 2014 CMA Award winner Dierks Bentley. Bentley is joined by top songwriters Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, James, and Jon Randall.

Throughout the last decade, the CMA Songwriters Series has been exposing fans across the country and the globe to the artisans who, through their craft, pen hits that touch the lives of millions of music fans. Since it began at Joes’ Pub in New York City in 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented90 shows in 15 cities, including Austin, Boston, Belfast, Chicago, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. at the renowned Library of Congress.

The series has featured 138 of music’s most gifted storytellers who collectively have 75 CMA Song of the Year nominations.

Some of the artists that have been part of the series include Clint Black, Kix Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Gretchen Peters, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, Phil Vassar, and Chris Young.

For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.

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