Thursday, August 25, 2022
– Kenny Chesney and Old Dominion are on the road together for Chesney's Here And Now 2022 Tour. And on Friday, they will debut their new collaboration, "Beer With My Friends," live in Massachusetts and digitally.
"There are people you meet and just click," Chesney said of the quintet. "Matt (Ramsey) and Brad (Tursi) have been singing 'Save It for a Rainy Day' with me on all these tours, and that's always – every single night – one of the highlights of the show for me. You can feel the energy, so I started thinking we better catch that while we can."
Chesney is playing two shows at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. on Friday and Saturday nights. Old Dominion is staging a pop-up show tonight at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Chesney sometimes has shown up for the shows.
"Beer With My Friends" kicks off with a big electric guitar riff before Chesney and Old Dominion chime in vocally.
"We've all been there," Chesney said. "It doesn't matter if it's four years or yesterday, there's nothing like hitting that local bar with your friends. That's what this whole tour has felt like – every city, every face, every song – as we've taken it back out to No Shoes Nation. It's so much more than a show or a concert, it's really letting go, and I wanted to capture that in a song. 'Beer With My Friends' is all of it."
The David Lee Murphy/Shy Carter/Bryan Simpson shuffle includes the lines, "We're gonna get that old jukebox working hard / Before it's over I'll know everybody in this bar." On the chorus, Chesney sings, "Sometimes I need to slip away and get a different view / There's really something to that honky tonk attitude / It pulls me out of that everyday sinking sand."
Ramsey offers, "After I work my poor fingers down to the bone / Last thing I wanna do is go home and drink alone." Then the chorus swoops back in,as the tourmates praise fun, fellowship and a few cold ones.
"I've never seen anything like this summer," Chesney said. "Before it's over, I wanted to give everyone something to remember it by, a song that we can all sing wherever we are and know there's nothing like these moments we've shared. All you gotta do is put it on, turn it up and we'll all be right back there; bringing OD in reinforces it all. So, here's to kicking it all off at Gillette Stadium this weekend."