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Kenny Chesney

Contemporary country star Kenny Chesney didn’t have the immediate breakout success that many of his peers enjoyed upon signing with major labels, but gradually built up a significant not long after via hard work, pop-friendly ballads, and a likable, average-guy persona. Chesney was born in Knoxville, TN, in 1968 and raised in the nearby small town of Luttrell, better known as the home of Chet Atkins. He grew up listening to both country and rock & roll, but didn’t get serious about material until college, when he studied marketing at East Tennessee State University. He received a guitar as a Christmas present and set about practicing, and was soon performing with the college bluegrass band. He soon began writing material as well and played for tips in local stages — most frequently a Mexican restaurant — every night he could; additionally, he managed to sell 1,000 albums of a self-released demo album. After graduation in 1991, he moved to Nashville and became the resident performer at the Turf, a rougher honky tonk in the city’s historic district. during he gained experience, it wasn’t the sort of place where he’d be discovered, and in 1992, he moved on to a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose. From there he acquired a record record deal with Capricorn and issued his debut album, In My Wildest Dreams, in late 1993.

Unfortunately for Chesney, Capricorn wasn’t much of a country label; not only was the album underpromoted, but the label’s country division shut down completely not long after its release. Still, it sold 100,000 copies and caught the attention of several big-time major labels. Chesney ended up signing with RCA subsidiary BNA, which issued All I Need to Know in 1995. The record gave him his first two Top Ten favorites in the title track and “Fall in Love.” His follow-up, 1996′s Me and You, became his first album to go gold, thanks to two number two singles in the title track and “When I Close My Eyes.” 1997′s I Will Stand was another gold-selling effort that gave Chesney his first-ever number one hit in “She’s Got It All,” plus another number two with “That’s Why I’m Here.” His big-time breakthrough, however, followed with 1999′s Everywhere We Go, which sold over two million copies and spawned two number one smashes with “You Had Me from Hello” and “How Forever Feels”; it also featured another Top Ten single in “What I Need to Do,” and another, “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” that just missed. In 2000, Chesney gave us his first Greatest favorites compilation, and two newly recorded music — “I Lost It” and “Don’t Happen Twice” — went to number three and number one, respectively.

Greatest smashes became Chesney’s second straight double-platinum release and dominated the country LP charts. He followed it with the all-new No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem in early 2002, which gave him his strongest commercial performance yet. It, too, hit number one on the country record charts and spun off four Top Ten singles in “Young,” the number one “The Good Stuff,” the Bill Anderson co-write “A Lot of Things Different,” and “Big Star.” A Christmas album plugged the gap for 2003, and he returned strongly with 2004′s When the Sun Goes Down, which won in the record of the Year category at the Country music Awards. He repeated the win, this time as Entertainer of the Year, with Be as You Are (songs from an Old Blue Chair). Chesney found himself the subject of much press rag fodder in 2005 with his surprise marriage to actress Renée Zellweger (he had composed 1999′s “You Had Me from Hello” after watching Zellweger in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire). The duo split that same year, citing irreconcilable differences, and Chesney gave us the chart-topping The Road and the Radio in November. In the years that followed, Chesney kept busy, releasing Live: Live Those music Again in 2006 and Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates in 2007.

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New Country Tours: April 2013

Posted by MissMolly On April - 1 - 2013

More Exciting and New Country Music Tours Launch This Month, April 2013! So far this year, we’ve seen so many new country tours launch from folks like Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, George Strait, Taylor Swift and so many others that its hard to believe there are even more taking off this month! Notably, Kenny Chesney [...]

New Country Tours: March 2013

Posted by MissMolly On March - 1 - 2013

March Continues Trend of Hot New Country Tours Featuring Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney and More! In the first two months of 2013, we’ve already seen some really amazing artists like George Strait, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley hit the road while folks like Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts just picked up [...]

Kenny Chesney Pirate Flag-Video

Posted by HaleighT On February - 8 - 2013

The Official Music Video For Kenny Chesney’s “Pirate Flag.” Below is official music video for Kenny Chesney’s current single, “Pirate Flag.” The song comes from his Welcome to the Fish Bowl album and is the follow up to “El Cerrito Place.” The video has a theme that a lot of Chesney’s video seem to have…a [...]

Kenny Chesney New Album Release April 30

Posted by MissMolly On January - 17 - 2013

Kenny Chesney Will Release A New Album for 2013 On April 30! Just when I think things can’t get any more exciting, Kenny Chesney goes announces that he will be releasing a brand new album for 2013, the follow-up to his 2012 release, Welcome to the Fishbowl! Earlier this week Kenny added 28 dates to [...]

Kenny Chesney 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour New Dates

Posted by MissMolly On January - 16 - 2013

Kenny Chesney Adds 28 New Dates to His 2013 No Shoes Nation Tour! Kenny Chesney announced 28 brand new dates to his 2013 “No Shoes Nation” Tour giving fans an even greater chance of catching this highly anticipated tour live and up front! In an official press release published on Chesney’s website, he let everyone [...]

Country Stars Honor Bruce Springsteen at MusiCares Event

Posted by MissMolly On January - 7 - 2013

Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and More Country Stars Set to Honor Bruce Springsteen at MusiCares Event. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris and Natalie Maines are the country stars among a whole host of artists from other genres, that are set to honor Bruce Springsteen at the upcoming MusiCares Event! Springsteen is being [...]

Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation 2013 Tour Announcement

Posted by Shauna Castorena On November - 8 - 2012

Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church and Kacey Musgraves all on ONE tour? It’s a No Shoes Nation! Team Kenny took to Facebook and twitter this morning with a single line that got the whole internet abuzz. All it said was simply “Tour announcement right now at http://noshoesradio.com/.” Of course I zipped right over [...]

Kenny Chesney Contest For Signed Guitar

Posted by HaleighT On November - 7 - 2012

Want A Signed Guitar By Kenny Chesney? There is a new contest for all Kenny Chesney fans out there! Do you love Chesney’s current single “El Cerrito Place?” Well this contest allows you to make your very own El Cerrito postcard! Just visit the site, click on the blue square that says “post a reply” [...]

Come Over Takes The Number 1 Spot

Posted by HaleighT On August - 17 - 2012

Josh Osborne’s Writing Skills Land Him A #1 Song With “Come Over.” On stands now, Country Weekly’s August 20 issue features Black River Publishing writer Josh Osborne with Shane McAnally and Sam Hunt as the songwriters of Kenny Chesney’s multi-week number one, “Come Over.” Certified Gold in just over nine weeks, “Come Over” is the [...]

Kenny Chesney Look A Like Removed From Concert

Posted by MissMolly On June - 25 - 2012

Kenny Chesney Fan and Possible Body Double Removed from Recent Concert In Nashville. Over the weekend there was a bit of a misunderstanding at Kenny Chesney‘s “Brothers of the Sun” Tour stop in Nashville. A fan, Nathan Blankenship, was accused of being a Chesney impersonator and causing a disruption among the fans. His ticket was [...]