Big Revival, Life on a Rock, Lucky Old Sun, Welcome to the Fishbowl certify
Somewhere in the Sun -- When Kenny makes a record, he takes all 10 or 12 songs into consideration, not just the handful that will end up on the radio. Over a career that has seen the 8-time Entertainer of the Year spend 76 weeks at No. 1, Kenny has also been an artist whose albums continue selling long after the release cycle.
To that end, the man who just spent two weeks at No. 1 with the GRAMMY, and now Academy of Country Music nominated, Setting the World on Fire with P!NK, sees 2014s The Big Revival, 2013s Life on a Rock, 2008s Lucky Old Sun and 2012s Welcome to the Fishbowl all receive RIAA certifications. Revival and Rock for Gold; Sun and Fishbowl for Platinum.
I may make my albums in a moment', Kenny explains, but I try to create music that's timeless or beyond time. To me, the best records get deeper the more you listen to them… and I work very hard at writing and finding songs that feel good in the now, but stay with you for the long run.
Both Lucky Old Sun and Life on a Rock represent the more introspective side of Kennys music; the latter inspired by the death of one of his original island friends. Each also contains seminal collaborations for the songwriter from East Tennessee:
Sun features the No. 1s Im Alive with Dave Matthews, Down The Road with Mac McAnally and Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven featuring The Wailers, as well as Willie Nelson on the title track, while Rock sees The Wailers return for Spread the Love and a Nelson duet on the whimsical Coconut Tree.
The Big Revival contained four consecutive No. 1s including the GRAMMY, CMA and ACM-nominated American Kids, the female-empowering Wild Child with Grace Potter, Til Its Gone and the three-week chart-topper Save It for a Rainy Day, while Fishbowl offered the churning No. 1 Come Over and the yearning El Cerrito Place.
People talk about the changing music business, Kenny says, and I understand how people consume music shifts. That's why knowing people are still going out and buying these records, still keeping that piece of my life, and their life, with them... that means the world to me. The albums I've gone back to again and again mean so much to me, and the idea these CDs have that impact on the No Shoes Nation is the reason I make records.
Fans of the man The Los Angeles Times deemed The Peoples Superstar are wildly loyal. Beyond continuing to buy his albums, they've already snapped up well over 100,000 tickets for 2017s only-stadium shows August 25-26 at Foxborough Gillette Stadium, prompting opening more seats. With two spring appearances headlining the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale April 9 and Stagecoach in Indio, Calif. April 30, Chesney is letting his music do the talking and its a conversation that endures.