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Kenny Chesney Heads to Spring Training

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It’s not just baseball players shaking off the off-season. As the sport’s biggest stars head to the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues to gear up for the Major and American League Baseball season, Kenny Chesney is bringing his band together for their first musical rehearsals in over two years.

With The Big Revival Tour slated to be one of Chesney’s biggest and most musical yet, the 4-time CMA and 4-time ACM Entertainer of the Year is locking down for four full weeks before the band kicks things off with a sold-out two night stand at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena March 26-27. Nearly two-dozen NFL-sized stadiums plays slated will be part of this year’s tour – and the songwriter/superstar can’t wait to get back out there.

“I’ve always said we’re a lot like a baseball team,” Chesney admits. “We’re six months on, six months off… and a lot of time to get ready. But you know, when it’s all heart and so physically demanding, there’s really no other way to do this.

“When we rolled into Pensacola last year for the FloraBamaJama, I was amazed how well we all came together. But it also showed how hungry everybody was to play. I knew when we all got back together, it would rock. So I can’t wait to get into the room with everybody.”

Having spent a year creating The Big Revival, his 13th No. 1 Billboard Country release, Chesney has been able to devote the same time to crafting this year’s show. Look for new songs, old songs and some surprises as well as the inclusion of the Academy of Country Music Single, Song and Video of the Year nominee “American Kids.”

“It’s funny how much energy this new music has brought to everybody,” Chesney marvels. “You don’t realize until you stop what the treadmill feels like, and when you really challenge yourself to push the music… You find things like ‘American Kids,’ ‘Rock Bottom’ and write things like ‘Wild Child.’ That freshness in the music is something I think every single band member has commented to me about.”

Having already yielded his 25th and 26th No. 1s with the two week chart-topper “American Kids” and “’Til It’s Gone,” “Wild Child,” Chesney’s duet with hippie rocker Grace Potter, moved ten spots – from No. 36 to No. 26 at Billboard and No. 43 to No. 33 on Mediabase – in only its third week.

“When we were talking about what songs to play, a couple of us were imaging how the fans are going to respond to the new stuff – and everyone was like ‘Oh, yeah…’ Because I think as fired up as the crowds have always been, this year’s set is going to take everything to a whole other level. And that’s one thing about the No Shoes Nation: they come to have the time of their lives – and the beauty of my band is they’re determined to make it the best night of the summer.”

Chesney, who has sold over a million tickets each of his headlining tours, is the only country act in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years. The Big Revival Tour, presented by Corona Light and sponsored by Blue Chair Bay, looks to be no exception.

Kenny Chesney to Debut “Wild Child” Music Video Today!

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When Kenny Chesney sets his mind to it, there will be a new way to do it! With “Wild Child,” the song celebrating the essence of a woman’s free spirit, he wanted a video that captured the life, love and beauty that shines from the inside out – and he captured it with longtime creative collaborator Shaun Silva and good friend/songwriter Gretchen Rhodes in Hawaii, where she now lives.

To debut the video, Chesney didn’t want to merely throw it out there. So working with Good Morning America, where he announced his 2015 The Big Revival Tour, and USA Today, he found way to give “Wild Child” a multi-platform debut.

Yesterday Ginger Zee with ABC’s Good Morning America gave viewers a sneak peek of the clip, showing the majesty of the Hawaii most people never see and capturing Rhodes in all her natural glory. Today, USA Today and will provide a link to “Wild Child,” so fans can see the video in full.

“Shaun really captured everything that makes Robin – and every woman just like her – and I know people get their music in so many different places,” Chesney explains. “I wanted to give the clip several opportunities to be seen beyond the traditional country outlets, because I think no matter what kind of music you love, this woman is someone everyone should celebrate.

“I’m just fortunate that places like Good Morning America and USA Today will partner with me on something like this. I try to only ask when it’s truly something special – and I believe ‘Wild Child’ is.”

Surfing, hiking, riding horses, paddle boarding, being, dreaming and basking in being alive, “Wild Child” is a love letter to a woman in full who is committed to living life on her terms. For Rhodes, who has played music all over Europe, the Virgin Islands and Hawaii, the clip celebrates her own life – and that of so many others.

“Maybe it’s sitting on a mountain, going back to school, traveling the world,” Chesney marvels. “But it is a song about any woman so hungry to engage life, she spends her days trying to taste it all… You don’t have to be a gypsy to be a free spirit, but just someone so in love with life, you will never get enough. To see a woman like that is a pretty amazing thing.”

Joined by hippie rocker Grace Potter on the track, “Wild Child” was the most added song at country radio this week. “Wild Child” is a song for any man who’s ever loved a woman from the inside out.

With Academy of Country Music nominations for Song, Single and Video of the Year for “American Kids,” Chesney understands pushing what music can contain. The multiple week No. 1 “American Kids” and “’Til It’s Gone” became Chesney’s 25th and 26th No. 1s – and now there’s “Wild Child,” four minutes that says so much about what gives women real value.

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Kenny Chesney’s “Wild Child” Hits Country Radio


Kenny Chesney knew he wanted to take his music new places, explore different themes, but never lose sight of the people and places that shaped him. He spent 2014 focusing on his music – instead of staging one of his herculean stadium tours – and the result has already yielded the GRAMMY and triple Academy of Country Music nominated multiple week No. 1 “American Kids” and his 26th No. 1 “’Til It’s Gone,” as well as his 13th chart-topping Country Album The Big Revival.

With that ground broken, the songwriter/entertainer considers a woman’s place in country music today with the yearning Grace Potter duet “Wild Child.” Most added at country radio yesterday, Chesney thinks the song’s appeal is a very simple, but compelling reality.

“To me a girl who is so alive, so in the moment, so curious and hungry for life… there’s nothing like her,” Chesney says of the inspiration. “You can’t tie ’em down. So free… and so intense because of it. Nothing is more attractive. To me, that makes women really stand out. Whether they want to live in the mountains, become a doctor, play music in Hawaii or surf around the world, whatever their passion is, that’s what drives them – and man, it’s an amazing thing.”

Beyond shifting the way women are currently portrayed in country songs – never the motivation for the yearning ballad that again pairs the 8-time Entertainer of the Year with hippie rocker Grace Potter – “Wild Child” provided a creative pivot for Chesney as he was working on The Big Revival. It reflected his own quests, his own drive to see new things in the music.

 “I was writing ‘Wild Child’ with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, and it just clicked,” Chesney explains. “Certain songs start a creative landslide, and that was it. The idea of writing about a girl who is so hungry to see the world, she’s scared she won’t taste it all before she’s done… who loves so hard, but can’t be tied down… that put everything into place.”

“When you think of my fans, they are passionate people… about life, music, their friends and how they dig in when it’s tough as much as how they have a good time. I knew during the last tour, they were hungry for more from this music. They wanted more of their life the way they live it, maybe some different things musically. And I spent a lot of time trying to do that.”

The subtle shift has earned some high praise. USA Today called The Big Revival “a coming-of-age tale full of life-changing memories,” while wrote it “feels completely organic” and New York’s Newsday proclaimed, “(Chesney) really builds his vision of America… a big-tent collection of future hits that celebrates regular folks who stand up for each other. In turn, even more folks will stand with Chesney after hearing it.” Notoriously tough Rolling Stone opined the album “continuously brings a sense of musical energy and emotional urgency… His strongest collection of songs since 2010’s career-defining Hemingway’s Whiskey,” The Miami Herald deemed it, “Chesney’s most infectious collection in a long time.”

With Chesney’s 2015 The Big Revival Tour set to kick-off with a double at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena March 26-27, the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” is getting ready to get back what he lives to do: connect with people through the music night after night. As “Wild Child” arrives at country radio, there’s plenty of new music to draw from – and plenty of songs to fuel a long hot summer.

Kenny Chesney Reacts to ACM Nominations

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Kenny Chesney knew his soul needed more when it came to his music. He wanted to push the envelope, but not lose sight of the people who lived their lives like he did. In some ways, taking a year off the road to make a record was a risk; but with The Academy of Country Music giving “American Kids,” The Big Revival’s lead track, four nominations, the music he made in that time he didn’t tour made a difference.

“With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever experienced, ‘American Kids’ is unlike anything I’ve ever heard,” Chesney marvels. “I knew it celebrates those people who lived life wide-open, colored outside the lines, thought more about life than they get credit for and have fun doing it.

“For the Academy of Country Music to recognize what I saw,” Chesney continues, “that makes me really happy — and proud. Proud for Shane (McAnally), Luke (Laird) and Rodney (Clawson), all the guys who played on it or played it, Shaun (Silva) and his team for capturing the spirit of the song – and everybody out there who is living their life with that kind of joy.”

“American Kids” was nominated for Song, Single and Video of the Year. Chesney and Buddy Cannon are nominated as producers for Single of the Year.

The Big Revival has already spawned his 25th and 26th chart-toppers with the multiple-week #1 “American Kids” and “’Til It’s Gone.” The spirited video for “American Kids” was shot in an old school bus, painted for the video, all over Southern California during two days.

“Music captures people’s lives… small parts, moments that change everything – or stretch out to last your entire life. When I went in to make The Big Revival, I wanted to capture those things, but push the music. ‘American Kids’ was everything I was looking for: musically and rhythmically incredible, but the pictures painted are so real! No matter where you’re from, pieces of that song capture who you are, who you really are. And it doesn’t whitewash it, it says we’re ‘all a little messed up, but we’re all alright’.”

The 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year – as well as 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year – takes his music back to the fans when he kicks off his 2015 The Big Revival Tour March 26th and 27th in Nashville.

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