As the only country artist on Billboards Top Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years even though he has only done a dozen headlining tours since 2002 Kenny Chesneys NFL stadium-filling treks have become a rite of summer. So when Entertainment Weekly was putting together their annual Summer Music Issue, there was only one tour to get inside: Kenny's 2016 Spread The Love Tour with Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion.
The idea of sitting down with Sam and Miranda, talking about the road and music really appealed to me, said Kenny. Beyond how many trucks or favorite memories, they wanted to have a real talk about the state of what we do, what makes shows really click and how awesome I think all of these acts touring with us this summer are.
Meeting at an industrial complex rehearsal space in Nashville, Kenny, Miranda and Sam took part in a photo shoot with noted photographer Danny Clinch, whos also shot several of Kenny's album covers. Then the trio retired to a tiny production room for an hour-long roundtable interview about what the summer will hold.
Sub-headlined From portable bars to finding new fans, country's biggest stars reveal the best parts of hitting the road together, writer Madison Vain made connections between Miranda's prior touring with Kenny, Sam's first breakthrough coming from Kenny's version of Come Over and the way some thrills of road life never fade. Read a preview of the piece, which hits stands May 13, here.
Normally, I dont like to give too much away before the shows really get into the pocket, Kenny says of the decision to give Entertainment Weekly such an in-depth interview. But this is such a creative, musical bunch... and everyone out here loves music with that same intense passion that my guys do, so we figured: why not? And to talk music like that with people I respect so much, well, it was a pretty cool way to spend a morning.
Having kicked off with 50,430 members of the No Shoes Nation as the first concert at Auburn Universitys Jordan-Hare Stadium, Spread The Love is already in high gear. Get tickets to the tour HERE