Just over a month ago, the ever-savvy Kenny Chesney took to Twitter to drop the first hints about his new studio album. The CD’s first single “American Kids” (which we love!) hit radio a few weeks ago, and today, Chesney announced that his new CD, The Big Revival, will hit your eardrums on September 23rd.
While Chesney prides himself on his touring and massive stadium shows, the superstar opted to skip the summer of 2014 in order to perfect his forthcoming release. “The whole point of taking the time to get to a really creative place was to have the room to look at not what we’d done, but where we wanted to go,” Chesney says. “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”
The Big Revival was produced by Chesney and Buddy Cannon (Willie Nelson’s #1 Band of Brothers) and will feature collaborations with Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and “You and Tequila” duet partner, Grace Potter. Additionally, the album ranges sonically, moving from thumping rockers to the rhythmic leaning first single to the rocking title track to the more personal ballads.
“I think in anyone’s life, there are times when you just need to shake things up, really push yourself and find the thrill of what you do again,” Chesney says. “I went to dirt floor church revivals with my grandma as a little kid, and that power is electric. Scared me to death, but it shows you what it means to be alive. I think bringing that sort of passion to how you live your life is everything – and it’s so easy to lose touch with.
Chesney will continue to push the envelope with this project and tells fans to expect more than what’s currently “hot” in country music. “There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” Chesney laughs. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind ’em how hardcore they really are, show ’em that and also show ’em that you know there’s more to ’em than people might think.”