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Chesney returns; Hot Country Knights debut

Friday, May 1, 2020 – Kenny Chesney is out with a new CD, "Here and Now," today, while Hot Country Knights, whose singer is one of country's leading voices, makes its debut with "The K is Silent."

Chesney's disc was once again produced by Buddy Cannon along with Chesney. Chesney worked on the 12-song album for the past 18 months. The lead single was "Tip of My Tongue," written by Chesney, Ed Sheeran and Ross Copperman.

Hot Country Knights consists of Douglas "Doug" Douglason, aka Dierks Bentley, and his backing band. The shtick is that the Knights are an ode to '90s country music. The cover, however, makes the band look it was a big-haired rock act from the '80s. Bentley wrote half of the 10 songs, which run the gamut from traditional country fare to more revved up sounds. Travis Tritt and Terri Clark also help out on vocals on a few songs.

New artist CJ Solar makes his Sony debut with "Coming My Way." Solar co-wrote all six cuts in the collection, which follows his "Get Away With It" and "Hard One To Turn Down" EPs. He co-wrote "Watered Down Whiskey" with Charlie Berry and partnered with Smith Ahnquist, Brent Anderson, Jordan Brooker, Jacob Davis, Bob DiPiero, Mark Fuhrer, Jason Gantt, Michael Hardy, Neil Medley and Jake Mitchell on the other five songs. Solar, a Baton Rogue, La. native, co-wrote Morgan Wallen's hit "Up Down" and also co-wrote Jason Aldean's "I Don't Drink Anymore" and Jameson Rodgers' "Some Girls." He has had cuts by Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore.


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CD review - Here and Now For many years now, Kenny Chesney has been the number one yacht country artist; one never spotted far from an ocean or without an adult beverage in his hand. However, this album's title track expresses a much deeper perspective on life. "I must've sat on a dozen islands/Watched the sun sink into the sea." Previously, island living was the reason for life. Now, life's purpose is described as much more internal than external. Call it trading that pirate flag for a little more mindfulness. ...
CD review - Songs for the Saints Kenny Chesney's "Song for the Saints" is a step in the right direction for the popular country star. Inspired by the Hurricane Irma disaster, which hit Chesney personally as it destroyed a house he owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands, these songs are more serious and heartfelt than typical Chesney music. Best of all is "Love for Love City," a reggae duet with Ziggy Marley incorporating steel drums into an inviting island mix. It's followed by a cover of Lord ...
CD review - Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts Kenny Chesney's "Live in No Shoes Nation" accurately recreates an experience of seeing the diminutive party animal live. Chesney has found an extremely lucrative niche as country music's Jimmy Buffett (although much of Buffett's island-y pop music appeals to many of today's non-discerning country music listeners). Also, with songs like "Pirate Flag," Chesney has even borrowed a few of Buffett's sea-related lyrical themes. This live CD could have been ...


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