Thursday, June 14, 2018
– Kenny Chesney revealed the songs and cover for his forthcoming CD, "Songs for the Saints," out in late July.
The disc features help from Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley and Mindy Smith. The cover depicts a lone sailboat on the blue water.
As friends were being airlifted off the Hurricane Irma-toppled Virgin Islands, Chesney was in the studio recording.
Personal and committed to the rescue and healing of the people who live in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the project goes past the trauma to focus on the indomitable spirit of those people. The 11 songs offer hope, support, commitment and especially recognition of how irrepressible they are.
"I wanted to make a record that shows the spirit and resilience of the people who live on those islands, who are generationally tied to them, or are raising families there," Chesney said. "To me, it's about the hope, the strength, the joy and the courage they are bringing to the task of rebuilding after a kind of destruction no one has ever seen before. To let them know, they're not only not forgotten months later, but we're holding them up as inspiration - and offering help in any way that we can, including music. Because music heals, it inspires, and this is for them."
The lead single "Get Along" is
As for the guests, Chesney said, "Each one of them has a tie to my life in the islands, but also reflect some piece of what we're trying to do. Ziggy Marley, and his family's legacy, holds so much truth for all of the people I know down there. Mindy Smith's 'Come To Jesus' was an album I lived with from morning to night when I was first going down there - and her voice sounds like an angel. And Jimmy, more than the lost shaker of salt, understands the poetry of the islands beyond what tourists see, the life in a way that made a song written decades ago so current. I'm honored they also want to help."
Recorded largely in Nashville and mixed in Key West, Fla., Chesney wrote five of the songs.
"Creating like this, you don't have a master plan, but the music will take you and teach you," Chesney said. "I knew I wanted this album to show the spirit of the people, but I wanted it to focus on healing, on their gift to rise above such complete chaos and devastation. They had no power, no real food, nothing; they dug in, started clearing the land and rebuilding. To me, that's inspiring."
Songs for the Saints
Love for Love City (with Ziggy Marley)
Ends Of The Earth
Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season (with Jimmy Buffett)
We're All Here
Better Boat (featuring Mindy Smith)