Kenny Chesney Dishes on Tracks From ‘The Big Revival,’ Growing Up Southern and More [Listen]
Kenny Chesney's 'The Big Revival,' is full of positive energy -- a release about living in the moment -- which the superstar opened up about when he stopped in to the Taste of Country Nights studio on Tuesday.
Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, the album's debut single, 'American Kids,' is a feel-good track that Chesney had a feeling as soon as he heard it. He knew he had to record it. He knew it was different.
“When Shane McAnally played me this song I thought, after the first 20 seconds, I thought it had a chance to be really different and really special," Chesney tells Alex. "It was just the way the melody wrapped around the lyrics, and vice versa. I’d never had anything like this, you know, and at this point in your life, when you’ve been making records for a while ... when you hear a song like this, then you’ve really got to grab onto it. This one was a perfect way, I felt like, to kick off ‘The Big Revival.'
Chesney's comeback show at the Flora-Bama was the first time the singer had played for fans in a while, and it's an event he won't soon forget. One of the tracks on the new album is even named for the little beach spot that housed 40,000 fans Chesney fans for the show.
"It was a lot of fun to see," the singer says of the event, "People that are a part of No Shoes Nation responded like I couldn't believe. We were gonna go down there and just do a little keg show inside the club that turned into outside the club on the beach, and next thing you know, we have our stadium-size stage out there and a lot of really crazy, passionate, wonderful, eclectic fans out there that just love life, love music and love combining the two."
Check out the full interview with Chesney below in which he chats about the return show, 'Big Revival' songs and growing up in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Sam Alex is the host of Taste of Country Nights radio, a syndicated night show which airs on more than 60 Townsquare Media Group stations nationwide.