Chesney, Jinks release new music
Friday, July 27, 2018
– Kenny Chesney is back with a heartfelt album, "Songs for the Saints," recorded in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Chesney owns a home. Chesney sings of the resilience of the people and their experiences. This is Chesney's 17th career disc and first with Warner Brothers. Chesney co-wrote 5 of the 12 songs. Ziggy Marley performs duet vocals on "Love for Love City," Jimmy Buffett on a cover of his own "Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season" and Mindy Smith provides backing vocals on "Better Boat."
Cody Jinks is out with "Lifers," his debut for Rounder. Jinks raised his profile a lot with his last release, "I'm Not the Devil." The new disc, his ninth, contains 11 songs with Jinks helping write 9 of them.
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Sunny Sweeney has gone the big label route and even earned a hit with "From a Table Away," but truth be told, she's better off without the baggage of the bigs, especially given the consistent quality and musical vision that was so clearly and admirably on display on this evening.
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