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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.

Clay Walker Responds to Kenny Chesney’s ‘Bro-Country’ Stand

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Clay Walker recently sat down with Fox News and discussed the current state of country music…aka the Bro-country phenomenon, responding to Kenny Chesney‘s recent comments that it “objectify the hell out of [women].”

“What Kenny is referring to could be just some of the distasteful stuff that you see that’s just over the top, but I’m happy that [the format] is growing and changing and I think it’ll refine very soon.”

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

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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.

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