Country megastar Kenny Chesney has a new album scheduled to be release this fall.
The singer/songwriter has been working on the project since October and said last August that he would be taking 2014 off from the road to focus on it.
“I love touring more than anyone in the world,” Chesney tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I love the band, the crew, the whole team — and it’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour. So I’m going to put the music first, dial it back and do the strangest thing in the world: not hit the road next summer.”
Despite keeping his word, Chesney has agreed to perform a very few select shows this year including a charity benefit that his friends, actor Matthew McConhaughey and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, are spearheading. Chesney will perform an hour long acoustic set May 17th at the House of Blues in New Orleans to benefit McConaughey’s charity Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and Brees’ charity The Brees Dream Foundation.
“I love the band, the crew, the whole team — and it’s weird to not be looking at next year’s stage design, but I shouldn’t make albums to service the tour.”
Chesney exclusively tells the Tennessean, “Having spent the last five or six months in the studio, I am so ready to get out there and play. Even though we’re making music, it’s not the same and I can’t wait to be in a room with the energy of the people…have that feeding back at me, getting all that coming back at me.”
Tickets for the event are $350 general admission and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Members of Chesney’s fan club had the opportunity to purchase tickets on Friday before going on sale to the general public.
Chesney will also perform three songs as one of many special guests opening for George Strait during the final stop of Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour when it hits AT&T Stadium in Dallas on June 7th. Other artists performing that night include Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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