Kenny Chesney does heroes George Strait and Jimmy Buffett proud on his latest BNA set, "Lucky Old Sun," which has a free-and-easy feel befitting its island inspiration.

Kenny Chesney does heroes George Strait and Jimmy Buffett proud on his latest BNA set, "Lucky Old Sun," which has a free-and-easy feel befitting its island inspiration. Like Strait, Chesney has mastered a laid-back vocal delivery that flows easily from song to song. And like Buffett, the East Tennessee native has learned to paint pictures that transport the listener to a more carefree place.

There's plenty of guest appearances -- Willie Nelson on "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)," Dave Matthews on "I'm Alive," Mac McAnally on his own "Down the Road" and the Wailers on the No. 1 single "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven."

But Chesney, who either wrote or co-wrote five of the set's 11 cuts, does just fine on his own with songs like "The Life," where he convincingly tells a tale of what's ultimately important.

"I've come to a place in my life where there are songs that want to be written," Chesney says, "and that I really want to sing. We didn't think the record would be ready until next year, but the music we've been making is so inspiring. We've been on a real creative jag."