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Kenny Chesney Announces His Big Revival

Photo Credit: Jill Trunnell

Photo Credit: Jill Trunnell

After a year making The Big Revival, his 13th #1 Country Album debut, Kenny Chesney is ready to get back to the fans. With the multiple week #1 “American Kids” and “Til Its Gone” currently sitting at #18 on Billboard’s Country Singles chart, his new music has reinvigorated the No Shoes Nation.

Now Chesney returns to where he draws inspiration, energy and a reason to believe in the power of music: his 2015 tour! The man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” mixes it up playing arenas, amphitheaters and stadiums. He kicks off on March 26, his birthday in Nashville — and also teams with presenting sponsor Corona Light to do it.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate,” Chesney, who confirmed he’s bringing The Big Revival Tour to America today on ABC’s Good Morning America, says. “I’ve been ready to get out there for a long time. Now that we’re announced I’m fired up! This new music brings a new energy to the show, and it’s gonna take what we do to a whole other level.

Impressive considering each of his headlining tours since 2002 has sold over a million tickets– making him the only country act in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years. That’s a strong showing, given Chesney’s only been headlining half that time.

“We’re going to be mixing up the line-up, too: different markets will have different acts playing with us. A few will be on all the stadium shows, some doing pieces – but I promise everybody who’s coming out rocks hard, and understands turning a crowd on.”

Chesney knows how to pick’em. Over the years, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood have supported Chesney’s full-tilt tours, as well as beyond genre artists Grace Potter and Uncle Kracker.

This is really about us and the fans… the fact that every year, so many people make their summer about coming to see us. I’ve missed that sense of community and that passion for the music. There’s gonna be some stuff from the new record and songs people haven’t heard in a while. There’s gonna be a whole lot of music and some surprises…

“I didn’t know if I could take the music as far as we were able with the album. That’s the beauty of giving things time to be what they’re meant to. We’re already working on next year’s video. I’ve seen the stage – and the lights. As the set list comes together, and we start locking down rehearsals, this is gonna be a wild night. I hope the fans are ready.”

Rolling Stone echoes that, saying The Big Revival “continuously brings a sense of musical energy and emotional urgency…” and Billboard raved it “captures the zeitgeist of American youth in a way that John Mellencamp once owned.” Look for this year’s tour to offer the same kind of energy, intensity and excitement.

“Because of the number of artists we’re pulling into this tour, the roll out is a little trickier, but I think it’s going to be worth the wait and the finding out. Rather than locking in one thing, I wanted to make each market the best it could be. People will be fired up when they see who’s playing where. That means, there’s more news to come… A lot of our favorite cities are on the list, so are some places we’ve never been. Get ready!”

Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Cross Genres at the CMA Awards

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“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will present genre-crossing duet performances by Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor who will perform with Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert respectively. “Pretty Little Liars” actress and DMG Nashville recording artist Lucy Hale will be joining the evening as a presenter live, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will also feature superstar performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Keith Urban.

Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration. Within less than a year, Grande captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 twice—first with her Republic Records debut Yours Truly and also with its 2014 follow-up My Everything.

Trainor will team up with nine-time nominee and reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lambert. This dynamic duo’s performance of Trainor’s “All About That Bass” is sure to be a must see moment. Singer/songwriter Trainor has written songs for such stars as Rascal Flatts before skyrocketing to success with her international hit “All About That Bass,” which has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the past six weeks.

While Hale made her mark early on as an actress, best known for her role on the hit ABC Family drama “Pretty Little Liars,” music was always her first love. The Memphis born and bred singer’s debut album, Road Between, was released by DMG Nashville on June 3 and features her brand new single, “Lie A Little Better.” Hale will also be performing on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special airing Monday, Dec. 1 (8:00-10:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).

“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

For more information, please visit CMAawards.com and CMAchristmas.com.

Kenny Chesney Shares Intimate New Song “Til It’s Gone”

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Kenny Chesney took the stage at Athens, Georgia’s historic Georgia Theater to share a surprise night of music – classics, covers and new songs – with the No Shoes Nation. With less than 1,000 people on hand for the surprise show filmed for CMT Instant Jam, the energy, the heat and the love was palpable, especially after the high impact performer had taken the year off to concentrate on making The Big Revival.

“In life, everything is a trade,” Chesney says. “You have to give up certain things to gain others. To create from a different place, I had to slow down and let the music come to me instead of chasing it. But once I had The Big Revival done, I wanted to go out and play those songs. Beyond the Flora-Bama, which was a stadium show on the beach, it’s when you get tight and loud and crowded, you can really tell what you got.”

One of the things he “got” was a stripped back glimpse at the man, his fans and the music on his performance of “Til It’s Gone,” the follow-up to the Country airplay charts two week #1 “American Kids.” The clip, which is a decidedly up close and laid bare glimpse at the live side of the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road,” shows the working musician side of Chesney, as well as the intensity of the No Shoes Nation in a far smaller venue.

“If you think about what the song says,” Chesney explains, “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.’ And it’s that straight talking to the people that made me want to debut ‘Til It’s Gone’ somewhere that speaks straight to the fans, too – which I think Rolling Stone is doing with a real sense of passion.”

Fans can see the video TODAY, Monday, October 13th starting at 8:00 a.m. ET at RollingStone.com. For 24 hours, RollingStone.com and RollingStoneCountry.com will be the only place it can be seen. Starting October 14, CMT will air “’Til It’s Gone” during CMT and CMT Pure music hours, and the video will be promoted across all of its digital platforms, including CMT.com and the CMT Artists app.

“We could’ve gone a lot of ways with this clip,” Chesney says. “But when we started looking at the footage from the Georgia Theater, it had that same sense of people… just being… You know, it was so easy, so laidback and so intense. The best nights between two people are like that, so it seemed like this no frills, just music and the band – if I’m talking to the No Shoes Nation – was the honest way to share the feeling,”

Part of CMT’s inaugural “Instant Jam,” the spontaneous concert that puts big stars in small rooms gave Chesney an opportunity to capture magic in a matter for 2 ½ sweaty hours. With “Til It’s Gone” burning up the charts, the video captures the heart that drives one of country music’s most fervent”

CMA Awards Heat Up with Performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

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The superstar lineup continues to grow with the announcement today that Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw are each performing during “The 48th Annual CMA Awards,” which airs live Wednesday, Nov. 5 (8:00 PM/CT) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Hosted for the seventh consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Country Music’s Biggest Night™ will also feature performances by Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Paisley, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Underwood, and Keith Urban.

Winners of “The 48th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Monday, Oct. 27 (5:00 PM/CT).

For more information, visit CMAawards.com.

 

Kenny Chesney’s “The Big Revival” Makes #13

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In a world that’s changing, some things remain. Kenny Chesney hit the streets with the surging The Big Revival with eleven songs Billboard suggest “captures the zeitgeist of American youth,” and found himself topping the Billboard Country Album Chart for the 13th time. Selling 130,000 copies in its first week, the album has connected with the fans with a passion many country albums have not this fall.

“There are people passionate about life, about music, about their friends and how they dig in and get through as much as how they have a good time,” Chesney says. “I knew during the last tour, they were hungry for more from this music… They wanted songs that showed them more of their life, which maybe offered some different things musically.

“It’s not as simple as everyone thinks: to find great songs, to be in a creative space where you can think about that stuff, hear new rhythms or change up the lyrics you go to. I didn’t want to come back with more of the same, but more of something even better… and whether it’s ‘Flora-Bama’ or ‘Wild Child’ or ‘Til It’s Gone,’ the response I’m getting says we did the right thing.”

That response also includes some high praise from some of the nation’s most prestigious publications. USA Today called The Big Revival “a coming-of-age tale full of life-changing memories,” while Esquire.com wrote it “feels completely organic” and New York 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.”

Even 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,” while People offered it “reclaims his spirituality” and The Miami Herald deemed it, “Chesney’s most infectious collection in a long time.”

“Til It’s Gone” hit Billboard’s Top 40 two weeks before add date, taking the free-spirited attitude of “American Kids” and focusing it on drawing people together. Just 800 units shy of besting Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, Chesney views the diversity as a sign that good music resonates – whether it’s progressive country or postmodern cocktail – and that inspires him in big ways.

“There are things on here unlike anything I’ve ever done. That music lovers respond to my record and Tony Bennett with that amount of passion makes me believe there will always be room for interesting music. It’s up to us to challenge ourselves to make it.”

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