By Maxim Mower
Kenny Chesney and Ernest treated Gulf Coast Jam attendees to a special moment on Saturday night, as the two took the stage together to deliver a live rendition of Kenny's hit single, ‘When The Sun Goes Down’.
Originally featuring Uncle Kracker, the island-inspired anthem has become a staple of Kenny Chesney's live sets, but it marks the first him he's performed the song alongside his fellow Tennessean, Ernest.
Having taken the stage earlier in the evening for his own set, fans were visibly delighted to see Ernest return during Kenny Chesney's headlining performance to provide an added boost to the already-high energy levels.
Before Ernest entered his popular Flower Shops era of neo-traditional, heartbroken ballads, he was a proud disciple of Kenny Chesney's beachside, sun-soaked tropical country.
Ernest's debut release, Locals Only, drew on his own experiences of regularly visiting the US Virgin Islands, a place that has served as a powerful muse for Kenny throughout his stellar, decade-spanning career.
Given the balmy, laid-back vibes Kenny Chesney and Ernest brought to the Gulf Coast Jam stage this weekend, many will be hoping a collaboration may one day be on the cards.
Kenny appeared at Gulf Coast Jam in place of Morgan Wallen, who was forced to withdraw as a 2023 headliner after the Sneedville chart-topper sustained a vocal chord injury. Wallen has since been unveiled as a headliner for the 2024 instalment.
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