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Chesney drops "Guys Named Captain" on Friday

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 – Kenny Chesney will drop a new song, "Guys Named Captain," on Friday.

"Guys Named Captain" is the closing song on Chesney's "Here And Now" disc coming out May 1.

The reflective recording, featuring Mac McAnally on acoustic guitar and John Hobbs on piano, closes "Here And Now." Half shanty, half-lullaby, Chesney meanders through a box of postcards filled with pirates, dreamers, sailors, drifters and other characters.

"Any time you find yourself near the water, you'll find these guys," Chesney said, "tucked into a table in a corner, or sitting near the far end of the bar. The adventures they've had, places they've gone, the way they live their life for the sea... Free spirit might be too restricting a label for them. There's nobody more loyal or more committed to their friends. Hell-raisers, heartbreakers, poets, pirates, they dream on the water and carry themselves with a whole other kind of strength. And it's all in the song."

As the piano sprinkles a series of notes, then kneads the melody into an almost toast, "Guys Named Captain" becomes a litany of sailors. Captain Outrageous and Captain Tony, Captain Bligh, Captain Morgan and Captain Vic stand for all those sailors who make Key West, South and Central America, the Virgin Islands and points between points of escape.

"The track starts so quietly, almost like daybreak," said Chesney "and then the images just start drifting at you. 'Living life large, or largely undercover/ Dive bars and cocktails, waitresses and tall tales/ Chasing the sun, run aground or full sail...' is just how you find them."

"But there's so much more," he said. "'...first light of the morning, Buccaneers with nothing to fear, who go down with the ship, last man standing...' That's what makes them mythic."

An avid fan of the works of Ernest Hemingway, he said, "There's a bit of 'The Old Man and The Sea' to this song. That whole idea of this man who's lived his life on the water, and what sailing means, how they share it with others. It was the first thing I thought when I heard it, and it really lifts up those guys who have so much swagger, but no real need to let you know."

"Every one of the guys in this song, every one of the people I've met in the islands, Key West, Mexico and even on the road, they're all very different - except how much they love the water or the road," said Chesney. "Those things take them away, bring them back, but mostly allow them to be free. This song feels like it distills their soul into a just a few lines."

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