Five summers of playing to more than 1 million fans ... 20 million albums sold in the United States ... 12 No. 1 records, and as many more in the top five. Five entertainer of the year awards, countryFive summers of playing to more than 1 million fans ... 20 million albums sold in the United States ... 12 No. 1 records, and as many more in the top five. Five entertainer of the year awards, country music's highest honor-two from the Country Music Assn. and three straight from the Academy of Country Music.
Kenny Chesney can boast that impressive resume, and with "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" coming out Sept. 11 via RCA, he looks inward as much as he looks back on a life lived the same way pretty much everyone else does. The album offers a progressive kind of country that speaks to the hard rock, California singer/songwriter and bluegrass music he cut his teeth on.
"I don't make records like anybody else -- in any kind of music, really," he says. "I go in the studio and do what feels right to me, what feels good and honest. My kind of country isn't the three-chords-and-the-truth kind ... there's a whole lot more going into it because I've consumed a whole lot more than just traditional country."
"Never Wanted Nothing More" has already hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, while "Don't Blink" recently set a new high debut threshold in the modern era and matched the all-time high bow on the list at No. 16. The song topped the Nielsen BDS-era record set when Keith Urban's "Once in a Lifetime" opened at No. 17 in August 2006, and matched Buck Owens' No. 16 start with "My Heart Skips a Beat" in March 1964.