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.
Excitingly, the Knoxville native has confirmed his hotly anticipated Here and Now follow-up, BORN, will arrive on March 22nd 2024. The tracklist has now been revealed, with three songs being shared so far in the lead-up to the project's release.
Although not released yet, Kenny has teased some details about the motivational title-track, “As for the title, well, we’re still not quite done deciding what’s going on here, but one thing’s for sure: BORN is absolutely the title track. It’s got a lot of heart, a lot of soul – and it speaks the truth about living, life and what we’re all doing here. Banjo out front, a great big pocket that rocks back and forth, it feels great. But more importantly, it’s a lyric that throws out all the options, never tells you what to do and throws out the one existential truth no matter what you choose: ‘one thing’s for certain, we’ve all been living since the day we were born’”.
The chart-topping singer-songwriter released the lead single from BORN, ‘Take Her Home’, in November 2023. It's a beautifully intricate and evocative tale of two young lovers whose initial passion blossoms heartwarmingly into a fulfilling life together.
Thankfully, Kenny Chesney swiftly followed up ‘Take Her Home’ with the high-octane, sing-a-long anthem, ‘Just To Say We Did’, which is laced with joi-de-vivre and continues the galvanising feel-good energy of his Here and Now stand-out ‘We Do’. On February 23, Kenny treated fans to another preview of the upcoming album by releasing the sinuous, heartbroken slow-burner, ‘Thinkin’ Bout’.
Speaking about the project in 2023, 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”.
Despite having unveiled the album art and set a release date, Kenny Chesney underlined that he was still finalising the project, “Normally, we wait until it’s all figured out, the T’s are crossed, the I’s are dotted. But everything about this record’s been different – from how much time we’ve spent, the different ways we recorded and wrote and found songs – so why not let the fans know as we’re finishing up? We make this music for them, so, here you go. It’s official: BORN, March 29 – and you’ve seen the cover. Now to the final line-up, and maybe getting a couple more out there”.
With Kenny's hugely popular 2023 I Go Back tour wrapping on May 27, and a few months until he kicks off his eagerly awaited 2024 Sun Goes Down run of shows, he'll have plenty more time to finish honing the album. We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that we get to hear more new music from the project sooner rather than later.
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