Wednesday, May 16, 2007
– For the third straight year, Kenny Chesney won the Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year award, but it's not being old hat for the superstar.
"It's a little unbelievable," said Chesney. "For a kid who just wanted to sing, just wanted to get to Nashville, just wanted to write good country songs, this is the kind of thing you don't ever dream about...but once you get a taste of it, it's something you wanna keep doing, because it says that you're not just giving your all, but that you're connecting with the fans in a way, that, well, is as intense as it can be."
It's been a good year for Chesney. He played to 1.3 million fans last year on his The Road and the Radio Tour and earned three multiple week number ones - "Summertime," "Livin' in Fast Forward" and his first solely-penned chart-topper "Beer in Mexico" - from his triple platinum and fourth consecutive all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums number 1, "The Road and the Radio."
Chesney also co-produced a bluegrass project on bandmate Tim Hensley and a song-driven album on the legendary Willie Nelson.
Chesney hits the road this summer with his Flip Flop Summer Tour - sponsored by Cruzan Rum - including six NFL stadiums in Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle.