A Fund has been started for the Boston bombing victims by one country artist…
Posted on 04 May 2013 by Bill West
A Fund has been started for the Boston bombing victims by one country artist…
Posted on 16 March 2013 by Bill West
Kenny Chesney spent last week in Jacksonville Florida, in secret….. Rehearsing for his upcoming No Shoes Nation Tour
While there Kenny played not one but two “Keg Shows”. On March 4th he played a free three hour set in Key West.
The following Friday Kenny put 700 tickets on sale for $15 to his second “Keg Show” of the week this time in Jacksonville Beach. The tickets sold out in just
minutes for his two hour set. His No Shoes Nation Tour kicks off Saturday in Tampa.
There will be a new attraction during this years CMA Fest. The all new Fan Fair X will offer autograph signings, concerts, lifestyle exhibits, live broadcasts,
and more. Lady Antebellum will kick off the event with a ribbon cutting when doors open
On June 6th. The trio will perform, sign autographs, launch their PING PONG & SONG event, as well as a Q&A session from fans in a segment called CMA Close Up.
For all your CMA Fest info visit our 2013 CMA FEST SURVIVAL GUIDE at GotCountryOnline.com
Congratulations goes out to Love and Thefts Eric Gunderson and his wife Emily. They welcomed their first child Camden Williams Gunderson on March 10th. Emily was
due sometime in May, so their new son will spend some time in the hospital, but all three are doing well. Eric will head out in May to join his bandmate Stephen
Barker Liles as they join Tim McGraw
for his “Two Lanes of Freedom” tour.
And finally new music is on the way from Darius Rucker and Pistol Annies. Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley better known as Pistol Annies
announced the follow up to their Debut album will release on May 7th. Titled “Annie Up” Fans can get a taste of their new music now the first single from the
album “Hush Hush” shipped to radio this week.
Darius Rucker also announced that his long awaited “True Believers” album will be released on May 21.
The album will include the title track “True Believers” as well as “Wagon Wheel”. Darius is gearing up to kick off his True Believers Tour in Estero FL on May
Posted on 26 February 2013 by Bill West
Kenny Chesney, country music’s Carribean cowboy leaked the rustic new artwork for his forthcoming album Yestereday.
No official word on when you can get your hands on it, but it’s coming as Kenny enthusiastically teased to his online fans:
By now you know, we’re coming… for another summer, another round of remembering what music means, being together and making memories… Me & the guys are so read! I love that you’re loving “Pirate Flag” as much as I did when I heard it. Pretty much says it all about a whole lot of life, right?
Life. You’ve shared so much of yours with me and my music, and I can’t wait to get the next record out to you. It’s snapshots of places I’ve been, people I’ve loved and moments I wish I could bottle up. Kind of like the album cover… literally, pictures from my life.
It’s called Life On A Rock. It looks at where I’ve been, what I’ve learned and hopefully how we grow. I can’t share the music for a bit, but here’s the cover. It’s a lot like this record actually sounds!
Until we find you on the road, or in your car, or on the beach
Be As You Are,
Posted on 29 November 2012 by Bill West
Toby Kenny and Taylor are now together in quite a club. It’s the Forbes Magazine List of 25 highest-paid musicians. In 2010 they made a similar list with Forbes Country stars. No surprise Taylor Swift from Big Machine Label Group placed No. 8, tied (right in there with a Beatle – Paul McCartney’s $57 million), Show Dog-Universal’s Toby Keith at No. 10 with 55 Million and Kenny Chesney ranked No. 17 with $44 million. See the full STORY HERE from Forbes and see how Justin Bieber is expanding his horizons below. BTW Dr. Dre topped the list at $110 million.
Posted on 07 June 2012 by editor
PEOPLE Country sits down with summer’s hottest touring duo, Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, who open up about their 21-year friendship. A decade after they last toured together, the forty-something singers (Tim’s 45, Kenny, 44) are combining their star power for this summer’s 22-city Brothers of the Sun stadium tour after scoring a hit with their duet “Feel Like a Rock Star” off Kenny’s new CD Welcome to the Fishbowl. As they gear up for rehearsals, the longtime pals took time with PEOPLE Country to discuss their friendship and touring together.
What will it be like to go on the road together again?
KC: As good of friends as we are, we’ve been on different paths for several years. To be able to spend the whole summer together and reconnect is awesome. One of the reasons there’s so much chemistry onstage is that Tim and I both grew up the same way; we both have a lot of the same heroes – George Strait, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Whitley – and we’re both competitive.
TM: That’s a good thing. It makes us elevate our game.
How did you two meet?
TM: Tracy Lawrence and Kenny and I were running around town, playing clubs, when we crossed paths.
KC: Tim and I met at Mack’s Café, a meat-and-three. I ate there every day.
Where you competitive back then?
KC: Not really. Tim already had a record deal, and I was just trying to survive.
TM: I had a record deal that wasn’t doing anything. Tracy [Lawrence] had success before either of us, and we both watched him take off.
KC: To me, Tim had made it. I remember him telling me when “Indian Outlaw” hit, “If this song doesn’t hit, I might be in trouble. I might be going back to Louisiana!” Watching Tim’s success gave me something to shoot for as an artist.
What do you most admire about one another?
TM: Kenny’s focus. He’s very smart and has a grasp of the details of the things he wants to accomplish.
KC: In being that focused and driven, you struggle with balance. Tim has put out great songs, put on great shows, branched out into the movies, but he has a family, and he balances both worlds. I can’t imagine how tough that is. I mean, I just got a dog and I thought I was going to have an anxiety fit. That’s just a dog!
TM: Well, I appreciate that, but I have to step in and say my wife [Faith Hill] is the reason it’s balanced, not me.
Has Faith ever tried to fix Kenny up?
KC: I don’t think Faith wants to be involved in that – she wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone! There was one time she said, “Kenny, don’t you want a couple of these?” meaning kids. And it was like, “Yeah…maybe…one day…”
TM: Don’t wait too long, man! You’ll be like Larry King! (Cover Story, Page 52)
Much more on Tim and Kenny, including an exclusive photo of Kenny’s new dog, Pancho, is featured in the July 2012 issue of PEOPLE Country, which hits newsstands nationwide on Friday, June 8th.
Posted on 30 March 2012 by editor
Kenny Chesney has revealed the title and cover art for his new album, ‘Welcome ToThe Fishbowl,’ out June 19 on BNA Records. The news comes as Chesney gears up for the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1, for which he has more nominations than any artist this year.
Chesney will be joined onstage for a special performance with Tim McGraw, with whom he is touring for the first time in 10 years this summer during the blockbuster, 20-stadium ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour, with Chesney and McGraw.
‘Welcome To The Fishbowl,’ Chesney’s 13th studio album, follows 2010′s platinum-certified ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey,’ which spawned four #1 singles. Chesney’s ACM nominations include Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year for ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ (as both artist and producer), and Song of the Year for “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter.
The ‘Brothers of the Sun’ Tour, with Chesney and McGraw, kicks off June 2 in Tampa, FL and has already sold more than 600,000 tickets. The tour will hit stadiums across the country and will also feature Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Jake Owen.
Posted on 09 March 2012 by editor
Singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney scores his 23rd # 1 single this week with “Reality,” which he co-wrote with longtime writing partner and friend Brett James. Their previous collaborations include the chart-topping “Out Last Night,” the Top 10 “Keg In The Closet,” and “Spirit of A Storm,” from Chesney’s introspective ‘Lucky Old Sun’ album.
The idea for “Reality” was born in a dentist’s chair. Chesney says, “I was lying in the chair, I had the mask on, you know, where they give you that funny gas, so they can work on your mouth without you feeling it, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I haven’t been this relaxed in a long time.’ That was my escape from reality and that’s what the song is about. And when people come to our shows, they’re not thinking about what’s going on in their job or school, they’re having fun, escaping reality and I’m glad to be a part of that. I say it every night on stage we all got problems but for the next couple of hours, let’s push them aside and relax. That’s how I feel about it!”
Chesney leads the Academy of Country Music Awards pack with 9 nominations including Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (Hemingway’s Whiskey as both artist and producer), and Male Vocalist of the Year. He also earned double nominations for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year as both artist and producer for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter. Chesney is also nominated for Song of the Year for “You And Tequila” with Grace Potter.
On June 2, The ‘Brothers of the Sun ‘Tour starring, Chesney and Tim McGraw, kicks off in Tampa, FL. The tour marks the first time in 10 years the longtime friends have hit the road together and features Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Jake Owen. The tour will play stadiums across the country and are the only cities and venues Chesney will play in 2012.
‘Brothers of the Sun ‘ Country Tour Dates:
Sat. June 2 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
Sun. June 3 – Atlanta, GA – Georgia Dome
Sat. June 9 – Dallas, TX – Cowboys Stadium
Sun. June 10 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium
Sat. June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
Sat. June 23 – Nashville, TN – LP Field
Sun. June 24 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
Sat. June 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
Sun. July 1 – Cincinnati, OH – Paul Brown Stadium
Sat. July 7 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
Sun. July 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
Sat. July 14 – Anaheim, CA – Angels Stadium
Sat. July 21 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High
TBA – Indianapolis, IN – Lucas Oil Stadium
TBA – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Browns Stadium
Sat. August 11 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium
Sun. August 12 – Washington, DC – FedExField
Sat. August 18 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
Sat. August 25 – Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium
Posted on 17 May 2011 by Bill West
Kenny Chesney, Morris Management, and his representatives at AEG/TMG have confirmed today that Chesney’s scheduled concert on May 25th in Tuscaloosa, AL will go on as planned and that Chesney’s fees, as well as those of his management and booking representatives, will be donated to GiveTuscaloosa.com, a clearinghouse for local charities and social services founded specifically to address the devastating tornado that ravaged the city on April 27th.
According to Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, “Thanks to the resilience and compassion of our community, the City of Tuscaloosa is in the process of healing. On this road to recovery, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater plans to host Kenny Chesney on May 25th as scheduled. As we respond to one of the worst natural disasters in our state’s history, we refuse to let April 27th define our future and hosting Kenny Chesney is another step forward to a new tomorrow. On behalf of the City of Tuscaloosa, I want to thank Kenny and his team for their generosity and compassion. It is the kindness of others that will carry us through as we rebuild Tuscaloosa.”
Chesney, whose 2011 ‘Goin’ Coastal’ Tour marks his return to the US stage after taking last year off, considered postponing the date, but was convinced by Mayor Maddox that the concert would be tremendously positive to the community, both emotionally and as a fundraising boon.
“When we first heard about this tragedy we were stunned, as we have so many fans in the area and have enjoyed every visit that we’ve made there over the years,” Chesney said. “But Mayor Maddox convinced us that this is a great opportunity to bring the people of Tuscaloosa together in a positive way, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help them in this way.”
Chesney’s representatives confirmed that all fees for the artist and his band, plus all earnings for his management and booking representatives, would be contributed to GiveTuscaloosa.com.
Posted on 26 April 2011 by Bill West
Kenny Chesney, the superstar who has already topped 850,000 tickets on the biggest tour of the year, his 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” Tour, sold out his third night at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in a swift ten minutes on Friday, April 22. And today, the star has achieved another milestone, his 22nd #1 Country single with the anthemic hit “Live A Little” — the third #1 in a row from his Number 1 album ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ (BNA).
“I’m going to keep reminding people through music that you’ve got to love life, and you’ve got to live it, and you can’t work all the time,” says Kenny. “And I look at myself in the mirror and say that every single day. And I hope to think I’m getting a little better at it. You’ve got to ‘Live A Little!’”
The Red Rocks show marks the first time Kenny’s played the famed Colorado venue, and the first time in five years he’s performed at any venue more than twice on a tour.
For the recently-added show on July 8th, Kenny has invited Grace Potter to join the bill, a new friend who duets with him on “Me and Tequila” from ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ (BNA).
The only artist to sell One million tickets for 8 consecutive summers, Kenny Chesney and his “Goin’ Coastal” tour have drawn excited reviews for their fun-focused, summertime party vibe. The Dallas Morning News raved of the Cowboys Stadium encore with surprise guests and covers that, “had the roof been closed at the stadium, might have blown it open.” The Wichita Eagle wrote that Chesney “allowed fans to travel somewhere tropical even if it was just for a few hours.”
Posted on 21 February 2011 by Bill West
Feb. 16, the City of Knoxville, Tennessee rolled out the orange carpet for the premiere of The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story. Executive Producer Kenny Chesney narrates the film which documents the life and career of University of Tennessee’s Condredge Holloway, the first starting African-American quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. As part of ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback initiative, the film will debut Sunday February 20th on ESPN at 8:00pm Eastern time.
Hundreds of guests turned out for the private screening at the historic Tennessee Theatre including many famed athletes, coaches and sports personalities. Amongst the attending University of Tennessee guests were Condredge’s Head Coach Bill Battle, National Championship Coach Phil Fulmer and current Head Coach Derek Dooley. Also in attendance were ESPN College Game Day announcer and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit, former Penn State quarterback and ESPN/ABC announcer Todd Blackledge, Monday Night Football commentator and Coach of the Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jon Gruden, and ESPN/ABC announcer Brad Nessler, who moderated the Q&A panel immediately following the screening. Other celebrity guests included former UT player and current Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, former UT and NFL quarterback Pat Ryan and former UT quarterbacks Randy Sanders and Sterling Henton, UT National Championship winning quarterback Tee Martin, former UT wide receiver great Larry Seivers, Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts and former UT quarterback Peyton Manning and UT’s Lester McClain, who was the first African-American football player in the SEC.
“We have a lot of my heroes, that played with Condredge, a lot of my friends that came from all across the country, different parts of the world to be here tonight because they love football, and they love Condredge,” Chesney said to the audience during his introduction of the film.
“I think we all know by now how much Condredge is loved by the amount of people in this room, and who came to see the film tonight,” he continued. “We all know Condredge is a great athlete, and know all the statistics and everything he meant to Tennessee football, but I think the thing that all of us who made this film have realized is that we got to know how great the man is behind the Orange Number 7.”
Once the screening was over, ESPN/ABC commentator Brad Nessler led a Q&A panel discussion with Condredge, Chesney, Director Shaun Silva and ESPN Executive Producer John Dahl which included comments from Peyton Manning, Tee Martin, and Coach Fulmer. Condrege and Chesney celebrated at a reception afterwards with close family and friends.
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From left to right; Jason Witten, former UT player and current Dallas Cowboys tight end; Bailey Malchijah, Soul Shine Films; ESPN College Game Day announcer and former Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit; Shaun Silva, of Tacklebox Productions and director of The Color Orange; UT Head Coach Derek Dooley; Monday Night Football commentator and Coach of the Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jon Gruden; Condredge Holloway; ESPN/ABC commentator Brad Nessler; Kenny Chesney; ESPN Executive Producer John Dahl; Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts and former UT quarterback Peyton Manning; former Penn State quarterback and ESPN/ABC announcer Todd Blackledge; former UT and National Championship Coach Phil Fulmer; Chesney Tour Manager David Farmer, former UT wide receiver great Larry Seivers and former UT Head Coach Bill Battle.