Kenny Chesney Details His Live Collaboration of 'Big Star' With Taylor Swift, a Birthday Surprise For Him

Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift
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Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift perform onstage during Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival 2015 Tour.

The live team-up is part of Chesney's 'Live in No Shoes Nation' tour album, which was released Oct. 27.

On Oct. 27, Kenny Chesney released his anticipated live album titled Live in No Shoes Nation, which features 30 tracks taken from his decades of live shows on tour and selected according to his favorite live collaborations. Among the track list is "Big Star" with Taylor Swift, who opened for Chesney's 2007 Flip-Flop Summer Tour.

On the track, you can hear the crowd roaring in Nashville when Chesney yells out, "This song is about a girl who had a dream and followed it. "And I know from living in this town for so many years that there's a lot of girls in the audience tonight with a lot of dreams in their head. This song goes out to you, all right? Here we go." 

Chesney launches into "Big Star" by himself before Swift comes in for the second verse -- what is now a throwback to her country roots after her decision to go pop. 

According to an interview with Taste of Country Nights, Chesney first met Swift at an airport when she was an unsigned teenager. Years later, Swift decided to surprise him at a show as a thank you. "She surprised me on my birthday and we were able to capture that moment for this record," Chesney told Taste of Country, referring to opening night of his 2015 Big Revival Tour.

"I wanted to surprise the audience," Chesney also said. "She was surprising me, and I wanted to surprise the audience. And honestly, Taylor Swift needs no introduction." 

The album also features Eric Church, Mac McAnally and Old Dominion.

Stream Live in No Shoes Nation below: