Tuesday, May 29, 2018
– Kenny Chesney will release the title track of his upcoming CD, "Song for the Saints" as a new single on June 1.
Chesney made "Songs for the Saints" when he was in the midst of evacuating friends from the handful of Caribbean islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, flying in generators, water, medical supplies and tools to the ones starting the clean-up. The CD drops July 27.
"There's so much to say, and so much music on this record," Chesney said. "Knowing where to start was hard and easy because this is the song that really holds everything together. It's a tribute to those islands and their unstoppable spirit. Even as people were coming off the islands - some just to not tax the limited resources - so many of my friends were digging in, trying to figure out what needed to be done and getting on to the work of clearing debris, creating habitable space for those staying and reminding all of us how Island Strong they all are."
"When I arrived on St. John, on a day off after taking a ferry all by myself, I walked down a street in a very special place and heard George Jones floating out a door of a bar," he said. "I walked in, sat on a barstool and found people from all over the country who had hearts like mine: dreamers who were free spirits, living a way that made sense to them. I left that day, went back out on tour, but kept going back, because it was a place I not only fit, but felt like I could disappear. I was a young adult, and I made some of the best friends of my life on those islands - and this is my way of giving back."
"Get Along" was the first single from the disc.