Thursday, June 7, 2007
– A week ago, country music superstar Kenny Chesney disclosed he was about to release a new single from an upcoming album. Now the disc has a name - "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates." The first single is "Never Wanted Nothing More." A press release said that the song rests at 37th on the charts in less than 57 hours after its release.
"It's crazy," Chesney sais of the response. "You know, when you're making a record, you're so isolated in the studio, you sort of lose perspective... and for me, you know, when I was looking at something to give people a taste of what this record is, well, there's so much of it, I knew I couldn't do it all - so I went with something country, something tempo, something everybody is likely to be experiencing right now!
"There's no exact science, so you never know. That's why I went with something that felt good and is kinda where I come from... and I guess people are liking it. And just think, we've got so much more ground to cover with this record."
Chesney once again worked with co-producer Buddy Cannon. Songwriters include Ronnie Bowman, Chris Stapleton, Don Schilitz, Brett James, Scooter Carusoe, Bill Anderson and Jon Randall.
No release date was set for the album, the follow-up to Chesney's triple platinum "The Road & The Radio," his fourth album to debut at number 1 on Billboard's all-genre Top 200 Albums.
"It's amazing what you learn about life even when you're on the road, and looking at the world through a bus window," Chesney explains. "Our fans bring their whole life to our shows - and even though they come to party and have a good time, you can see it on their faces when you sing 'There Goes My Life' or 'Anything But Mine'... and I hang onto everything I see. Guess that's the songwriter in me, huh?"
Chesney heads to Columbus, Ohio tonight for his 2007 Fli-Flop Summer Tour presented by Cruzan Rum. He then heads then to Pittsburgh's Heinz Field on Saturday, June 9th, for his first NFL Stadium show. Other stadiums shows are in the Boston area, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia and Seattle.
"One thing about my fans: they like to get outside, they like to tailgate and the like to have fun. For me and the guys, we couldn't want nothing more."