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Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour Kicks Off with Huge Surprises

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

Kenny Chesney’s Big Revival Tour kicked off last night in Nashville and he kept fans partying until after midnight with a set that lasted over 3 hours!

Kicking off the party were Chase Rice and Jake Owen.  Jake isn’t new to the big stage and there was not an empty seat in the house when his bare feet and smokin’ hot new haircut took the stage for his always high energy set!

Kenny – clad in a dark sleeveless Grace Potter and the Nocturnals t-shirt – hit Nashville like a house a-fire. From the opening of the New Orleans funeral drum corps/street preacher noir film until the last ringing note of Joe Walsh’s hard-charging “All Night Long,” the East Tennessean showed how much he missed the fans since he walked offstage after two sold-out nights at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium in 2013.

In a 36 song set that took 13 songs to get to a ballad, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year relentlessly moved across the stage, held the center, engaged the fans and delivered the kind of impassioned performance that made Chesney the only Country Artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years. Opening with “Drink It Up” from his 13th #1 The Big Revival, the show was a romp featuring not just his hits but many of his guests’ best loved songs.

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

Taylor Swift took the stage as the living embodiment of everything Chesney’s girl-with-a-dream “Big Star” represents, singing hard and showing off an explosive power in her delivery. As the song swung into its final verse, the pair swept a young girl out of the audience and with a nod to the future, let her help sing the final chorus.

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

That spirit of friendship permeated. Grace Potter emerged from the shadows, providing yearning harmonies on the current single “Wild Child.” She would return to kick-off the night’s six-song encore, just Chesney and a pair of guitars on the yearning “You & Tequila.” Uncle Kracker reprised the pair’s six week #1, “When the Sun Goes Down,” then performed his breakthrough “Follow Me” and the 28-week Adult Contemporary #1 cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.”

Photo Courtesy of  Rick Diamond/Getty

Photo Courtesy of Rick Diamond/Getty

There were redneck songwriters – David Lee Murphy, who wrote “Living In Fast Forward,” “Pirate Flag,” “Flora-Bama,” performed his #1 “Dust on the Bottle,” as well as “Party Crowd” from his gold 1994 debut Out With A Bang. There were Rock and Roll Hall of Famers – Joe Walsh, who not only led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to the headliner, but scorched “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “All Night Long” and “Life’s Been Good” with a ferocity that scalded the AOR classics.

There were nakedly intimate moments: Chesney and guitar on his signature “Old Blue Chair,” alone in a spotlight on the thrust with only Wyatt Beard on keyboards for the multiple week #1 “There Goes My Life.” For “Anything But Mine,” the paean to a summer love, so many fans held lighters and cell phones with flames aloft, the crowd was almost brighter than the stage.

“Rock Bottom” hit hard. Later newcomer Harmoni Kelley McCarty’s feverish take on AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” exploded into the GRAMMY-nominated “American Kids.”

Kenny is a huge sell out when it comes to tours, having no problem selling out stadiums all over.  Stadium shows to me, are not as much fun normally.  They usually leave the fans feeling a sense of disconnect because of the massive space between the artists and the fans.  But I must admit, after seeing many different artists perform on that stage in Nashville over the years Bridgestone Arena didn’t feel large enough to hold what Kenny Chesney gave to his fans last night.

With two sold-out Bridgestone Arena shows starting his The Big Revival 2015 Tour, Chesney is already leaning into summer with a vengeance. His Corona Light sponsored tour finds him playing 55 dates, including 22 stadiums between now and the end of August – and it looks like the man The Wall Street Journal called “The King of the Road” has no plans to secede his crown.

That crowd was awesome,” Chesney enthused. “Talk about the greatest birthday present! Hearing them sing those songs back at me: it’s why the No Shoes Nation rocks. Nobody loves music like they do, and I am always amazed by how hard they throw that energy at us.”

Kenny plays Bridgestone Arena again tonight before moving on to Columbia, S.C., Saturday.

Keep up with Kenny online at KennyChesney.com and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @kennychesney.


Brandy Clark Joins Skyville Live’s stellar lineup on April 7th

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Brandy Clark and one of the leading female vocalists in pop music CeCe Winans have been added as special guests on the next edition of Skyville Live streaming live from Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, April 7th at 8pm ET on SkyvilleLive.com.

Fans from around the world will have an insider’s pass to an exclusive musical experience when Clark and Winans join previously announced Lady Antebellum, Kris Kristofferson and Jason Isbell, who will be performing some of their own biggest hits, as well as treating viewers to some incredible collaborations on songs made famous by the master songwriter himself — Kris Kristofferson.

“On this next edition of Skyville Live, we are going to celebrate songwriters, particularly Kris Kristofferson, and we’ve invited some of his most talented admirers to come and help us do that,” says Executive Producer, Wally Wilson. “In addition to this stellar lineup, we will have several other surprise guests joining us, so this is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime event that music lovers will not want to miss!”

Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark adds, “I am still pinching myself that I will be singing Kris Kristofferson’s music alongside the man himself. “What an absolute honor! Then having the opportunity to share that experience with Lady Antebellum, Jason Isbell, and Cece Winans is a dream. I hope people will check us out on Skyville Live on April 7 as it’s going to be such a fun show. How can you go wrong when you are singing and celebrating the music of Kris Kristofferson?”

Clark entered 2015 with two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Country Album of the Year for her critically acclaimed independent debut album 12 Stories. Already a CMA Award winner (2014 Song of the Year for “Follow Your Arrow,” which she co-wrote with Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves), Clark recently received two ACM Award nominations for Female Vocalist and Song of the Year (“Follow Your Arrow”). Now signed to Warner Bros. Records, Clark has plans to release a new album later this year. For more information, visit BrandyClarkMusic.com.

Skyville Live is a series of monthly music events featuring collaborations from great artists from all generations and all music genres. Each episode is filmed in front of a live studio audience from the Skyville Live headquarters located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Recorded with full HD video, shows are live-streamed exclusively to online viewers around the world, capturing the magic and intimacy of the performances in a unique and interactive way, while still providing a high-quality experience on any device viewers are using.

Darius Rucker Plans Multiple TV Appearances for ‘Southern Style’ Release- DVR Alert

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Darius Rucker launches his fourth solo album, Southern Style, on March 31st with multiple national media appearances including NBC’s Today Show (3/31), ESPN’s Mike & Mike, First Take and SportsCenter (3/31), CNN’s Headline News (4/1), The Dan Patrick Show (4/1), The Ellen DeGeneres Show (4/6) and ABC’s The Chew (4/16). The album produced by Frank Rogers and Keith Stegall features the Top 5 and climbing hit single “Homegrown Honey,” which Rucker co-wrote with Nathan Chapman and label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum. Rucker co-penned all 13 tracks on Southern Style with some of country music’s most notable songwriters including Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley, Mark Nesler and Rivers Rutherford.

Southern Style Track Listing:

1. Homegrown Honey (Darius Rucker, Nathan Chapman and Charles Kelley)
2. Good For A Good Time (Darius Rucker, Kendal Marvel and Jeremy Spillman)
3. Baby I’m Right (Featuring Mallary Hope)* (Darius Rucker, Mark Nesler and Phillip White)
4. Southern Style (Darius Rucker, Rivers Rutherford and Tim James)
5. High On Life (Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson and Jessi Alexander)**
6. Perfect (Darius Rucker, Ashley Gorley and Rhett Akins)
7. You, Me And My Guitar (Darius Rucker, Ashley Gorley and Rhett Akins)
8. Low Country (Darius Rucker, Troy Verges, Blair Daly and Hillary Lindsey) **
9. Need You More (Darius Rucker, Jonathan Singleton and Deric Ruttan)
10. Half Full Dixie Cup (Darius Rucker, Frank Rogers and Monty Criswell)
11. Lighter Up (Darius Rucker, Drew Davis and Blake Bollinger) **
12. You Can Have Charleston (Darius Rucker and Frank Rogers)
13. So I Sang (Darius Rucker, Rivers Rutherford and Tim James) **

Casey James, Charlie Worsham & MORE Rock Tin Pan South

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The Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston, Casey James, Charlie Worsham, and John Cowan brought their respective sounds to 3rd & Lindsley during this week’s 23rd Annual Tin Pan South.

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The evening showcase, presented by BMI, was reunion of sorts for the four musicians. James and Worsham are both featured on The Doobie Brother’s latest collaborative album, Southbound, while Cowan has spent the past five years as a bassist and background vocalist for The Doobie Brothers.

Johnston will join NSAI Executive Director Bart Herbison for the closing session of the sold-out NSAI Spring Training, at a panel event this Saturday, March 28th. Tin Pan South is presented by Regions Bank.

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