Monday, April 30, 2018
– Kenny Chesney will release "Songs for the Saints" on July 27.
Co-produced with Buddy Cannon, the release contains a dozen songs.
"So much has happened since I went off the road in 2016," Chesney said. "And all of it, in one way or another, has ended up on this record. It's special to me because of what it says - to me, and for me - about life, the world around us, how fragile it all can be and about somehow still finding the best parts of you
This will be Chesney's first album on Blue Chair/Warner Bros. Nashville. He had been on Sony Nashville for his entire career.
"Leaving a place where I'd spent my whole career was both scary and exciting," Chesney said. "There's that rush of not knowing anything about how this company works, and digging in. But there's also a special thrill of being around people who truly understand what you're doing and who are excited to be part of this music. It's inspiring in all new ways when you have people match your own passion for the music."
Recorded over the last several months, Chesney said, "I was at a turning point in my life on so many levels, and then Hurricane Irma hit the Virgin Islands."
"But this album isn't about St. John, so much as it's about what happened to St. John and all those islands you didn't see on the news," he said. "To just see the devastation and what that does to people is one thing, but then there's this courage and resilience people find."
"This is not a literal record," he said, "but it is an album about the refuges we all have, how temporary life is and the way we navigate to better places, dig in and face the destruction. And sometimes, we learn to own our wild hearts in the process."
Chesney wrote or co-write five tracks. The track list was not release.
"I feel like I know what this album's supposed to be, and I know how much it means to me," he said. "I wanted to get it just right, before we set a release date... and I think we've got it. I'm just glad we'll have it out in time for me to play some of these songs this summer before the Trip Around the Sun Tour is over."