Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country’s legendary party starter still tours with a traveling tiki bar, but the one-time tabloid fixture returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. “It’s about reclaiming your place in the world.”
Kenny Chesney photographed by Austin Hargrave on Aug. 25, 2014 at Hangar 41 in Nashville.
"Over the last several years, it seem...
"Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she's in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate -- they objectify the hell out of them," Chesney tells Billboard. "Twenty years ago, I might have written a song like that -- I probably did. But I'm at a point where I want to say something different about women."
"For a while there, everybody thought...
"For a while there, everybody thought that in country music you had to be stiff," says Jason Aldean, who will share a stage with Chesney for 10 tour dates in 2015. "It was all about starched shirts and starched jeans. Kenny made it cool not to do all that, especially at his shows."
"It's still rejuvenating -- I just ha...
"It's still rejuvenating -- I just have to walk a little more carefully," he says of spending time in the Virgin Islands, where he has a beachfront complex and owns the 86-foot metallic-ice-hued Riva Domino speedboat -- price tag: $7 million -- featured in his "Come Over" video. "That's why God made boats."
"I'm at a point in my career where I ...
"I'm at a point in my career where I can't just put together a collection of songs that may sound great but don't mean anything to anybody," says Chesney.