No Shoes Nation, it's time to dust off your favourite tank top, turn your old ball-cap backwards and chuck your boots to the back of the closet - summer is officially on the way.
No, we're not talking about the traditional ‘summer’ that calendar-enthusiasts have co-opted - we're, of course, talking about the sonic summer that arrives anytime Kenny Chesney drops new music.
Although we're yet to receive any word of a release date or even a confirmed title, Kenny shared earlier in 2023 that he'd been crafting some brand new tunes while on vacation.
During a recent panel discussion at CRS 2023 in March, the ‘Don't Blink’ hitmaker revealed that the new album was almost halfway completed, and that he already has a lead single in mind.
Speaking about the hotly anticipated project, Kenny explained that he was aiming to make the album his best work yet, “The next record is important — they are all important. No matter who you are or where you’re at in your career arc, every album is important. You want somebody to do something, you want somebody to be happy, you want somebody to chase their own dreams because of your music”.
During another interview, Kenny offered further details on the progress of the record, “The one thing I can say about it is that it is still in motion. People ask me when it’s going to come out, and the best answer I have honestly is, ‘When I feel like it’s done”. It’s easy to rush it and it’s easy to put music out when people think it might be time, but I think I’ve earned the right to get it right. I mean, I love it now - but I want to be in love”.
Since the release of the motivational, sun-soaked Here and Now in 2020, Kenny has dropped ‘Da Ruba Girl’, a tribute to his beloved dog, who sadly passed away towards the end of 2022, along with the Old Dominion-assisted fire-starter, ‘Beer With My Friends’.
Although also recorded by Shy Carter, David Lee Murphy and Cole Swindell, the latter is expected to feature on Kenny Chesney's new album. ‘Da Ruba Girl’, on the other hand, has been an unreleased fan-favourite for some time now, and feels like a one-off ode to Ruby that most likely will not be included on the upcoming record.
With Kenny's hugely popular 2023 I Go Back tour wrapping on May 27, he'll have plenty more time to finish honing the new album. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that we get to hear the lead single from the project sooner rather than later - because, let's face it, we just don't have it in us to face a Kenny-less summer...
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