Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"

81 Billboard Rating

This first single from Kenny Chesney's new album, "Hemingway's Whiskey," is rocketing up the charts like a touchdown pass thrown by Brett Favre. Penned by Casey Beathard and Dave Turnbull, the well-crafted ballad is a tribute to every guy who has ever worn a football jersey, and Chesney connects with the lyric as only someone who has himself suited up and played the game can. There's a respect and affection in his voice that comes from having been one of the "boys of fall" during his high school days. The song also spurred the four-time Country Music Assn. entertainer of the year to make a football documentary that was an obvious labor of love. When one of a musician's passions collides with his full-time pursuit, the results are generally something special, and with his latest hit Chesney scores big time.

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