Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival is an album about finding the fire to embrace your life with passion. With a September 23 release date, the East Tennessean is going to be bringing the music to network television in a way that says he's fired up and ready to take his new music to America with verve. Starting with "The Today Show" on street date, Chesney will also perform on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (9/24), "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (9/26), "CONAN" (9/29) and "The Talk" (10/2), as well as sit for interviews with both "Entertainment Tonight" and "Access Hollywood" live from Rockefeller Center (9/23).
"Normally I don't get geared up for this much television," Chesney says. "But this record makes me wanna get out and talk about it. Starting with 'American Kids,' all of the songs on here say so much about how the people who see their lives in my music commit to their lives - it's a lot like showing their home videos on network TV! I'm gonna be sick of talking about me, but not this record; The Big Revival is a whole other kinda record for me."
Already singled out by USA Today, Rolling Stone, PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly and USA Weekend, Chesney's 15th studio project marks the evolution of an artist who has kept his finger on the pulse of real people living in America since releasing "Young" in 2001. For Chesney, born and raised in a small East Tennessee town, life in smaller towns embraces its own way of being.
"Maybe the artists people are listening to, or the cars they're driving have changed," the man deemed "The People's Superstar" by The Los Angeles Times explains. "But I promise you the little things that make your life what it is, they haven't. Somewhere some girl has a boyfriend the Dad doesn't like... and the boys are making out in church parking lots, then saying they got further than they did. But they're also making life rich where they are... finding joy and having the time of their life without worrying about keeping up with the Kardashians!
"When I went in to make this record, that's what I wanted: songs that captured the real of life in the flyover, that talked about the passion people live with and the fun they make, how hard they work and the way they set themselves free right where they are. So taking the music straight into their living rooms seems like taking it to the source."
"American Kids," The Big Revival's lead single, has already spent two weeks at #1 on the Country airplay charts. Written by Shane McAnally, Russ Copperman and Luke Laird, the triple rhythm'ed, double hook celebration of the freewheeling spirit of anyone raised between New York and LA has hit a nerve with fans. "Flora-Bama," pre-released on the heels of his stadium-show-on-the-beach at the state line, is also finding traction with the fans.
Come Tuesday, the wait and see is over. All anyone needs to do is look at the television to see what the fervor is all about. Or work on faith and get The Big Revival sight unseen.