Kenny Chesney The Big Revival

The Big Revival

Kenny Chesney

Released on September 22, 2014 by Blue Chair Records, LLC - Columbia Nashville

Main artist: Kenny Chesney

Genre: Country

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As he headed into 2014, Kenny Chesney's career wasn't in need of a revival but after two successive commercial underperformers, it needed a jolt of energy, something The Big Revival provides. Abandoning the sun-bleached intimacy of Life on a Rock, Chesney cranks up the volume on The Big Revival, but it's not so much that the record is loud; rather, it's blazingly bright, crisp, and clean, from its singalong party tunes to its ballads. One of those ballads, "Wild Child," features Grace Potter, the singer who helped take "You and Tequila" high on the charts in 2011, her presence a subtle reminder that Chesney's biggest new millennial hits have been slow songs. Despite this apparent strength, the singer doesn't spend much time in the slow lane on The Big Revival. Most of the record clips along at a brisk pace, often spending time churning out reliable arena-filling anthems, but the record sounds so open that even the deliberate numbers feel expansive. This shift in attitude is entirely reliant on Chesney and his longtime producer Buddy Cannon's decision to supplement their regular stable of songwriters -- Shane McAnally and Rodney Clawson each have multiple credits -- with a few new writers, just enough to give this record a bit of thematic freshness to complement its sound. Chesney remains a bit of a romantic with a fondness for drinking songs, but there are passing references to Bonnaroo and Burning Man while the lead single, "American Kids," offers a snapshot of how life is lived in 2014. These scattered allusions help Chesney seem like a modern man, even as he faces the start of his third decade as a country star, while the sly slickness The Big Revival also feels contemporary: far from chasing the bro-country wagon, Chesney overhauls his core strengths, winding up with his best record in years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Album : 1 disk - 11 tracks Total length : 00:39:49

  1. 1 The Big Revival

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - Dan Tyminski, Acoustic Guitar - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Chad Cromwell, Drums - David Huff, Drum Programmer - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Jeffrey Taylor, Accordion - Danny Rader, Acoustic Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Dennis Linde, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  2. 2 Drink It Up

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Wyatt Beard - David Lee Murphy, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Michael Rojas, Organ - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Robert E. McNelley, II, Electric Guitar - Danny Rader, Acoustic Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Rodney Clawson, Composer, Lyricist - Vicky McGehee, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Til It's Gone

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Wyatt Beard - David Lee Murphy, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Michael Rojas, Organ - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Robert E. McNelley, II, Electric Guitar - Danny Rader, Acoustic Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Rodney Clawson, Composer, Lyricist - Jimmy Yeary, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 American Kids

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - Shane McAnally, Composer, Lyricist - Wyatt Beard - Rodney Clawson, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Chad Cromwell, Drums - David Huff, Programmer - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Luke Laird, Composer, Lyricist - Natalie Hemby - Danny Rader, Acoustic Guitar - Nicolle Galyon - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 Wild Child (with Grace Potter)

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Composer, Co-Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Grace Potter, Associated Performer - Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter, Associated Performer - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Michael Rojas, Keyboards - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Kenny Greenberg, Acoustic Guitar - Robert E. McNelley, II, Electric Guitar - Danny Rader, Acoustic Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Shane McAnally, Composer, Lyricist - Josh Osborne, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 Beer Can Chicken

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Composer, Co-Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Wyatt Beard - David Lee Murphy, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Michael Rojas, Organ - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Robert E. McNelley, II, Electric Guitar - Danny Rader, Acoustic Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Ross Copperman, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 Rock Bottom

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - Eric Darken, Percussion - Wyatt Beard - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Ashley Cleveland - Michael Rojas, Organ - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Tony Castle, Synthesizer - James Chapman - Robert E. McNelley, II, Electric Guitar - Danny Rader, Acoustic Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Craig Wiseman, Composer, Lyricist - Matt Dragstrem, Composer, Electric Guitar, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 Don't It

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - John Hobbs, Keyboards - Alison Krauss - Pat Buchanan, Acoustic Guitar - Dan Tyminski - Paul Leim, Drums - Kenny Greenberg, Acoustic Guitar - John Willis, Acoustic Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Brent Cobb, Composer, Lyricist - Chase McGill, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 Save It for a Rainy Day

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Co-Producer, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - Wyatt Beard - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Michael Rojas, Organ - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Robert E. McNelley, II, Electric Guitar - Danny Rader, Acoustic Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Andrew Dorff, Composer, Lyricist - Matt Ramsey, Composer, Lyricist - Brad Tursi, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 Flora-Bama

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Composer, Co-Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - John Hobbs, Organ - Wyatt Beard - David Lee Murphy, Composer, Lyricist - Larry Paxton, Bass - Chad Cromwell, Drums - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Danny Rader, Electric Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Ross Copperman, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

  11. 11 If This Bus Could Talk

    Kenny Chesney, Associated Performer, Composer, Co-Producer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Buddy Cannon, Co-Producer - John Hobbs, Piano - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - John Wesley Ryles - Randy McCormick, Synthesizer - Wyatt Beard - Paul Leim, Drums - Larry Paxton, Bass - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - John Willis, Acoustic Guitar - F. Reid Shippen, Programmer - Tom Douglas, Composer, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 2014 Blue Chair Records, LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Nashville, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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  • As he headed into 2014, Kenny Chesney's career wasn't in need of a revival but after two successive commercial underperformers, it needed a jolt of energy, something The Big Revival provides. Abandoning the sun-bleached intimacy of Life on a Rock, Chesney cranks up the volume on The Big Revival, but it's not so much that the record is loud; rather, it's blazingly bright, crisp, and clean, from its singalong party tunes to its ballads. One of those ballads, "Wild Child," features Grace Potter, the singer who helped take "You and Tequila" high on the charts in 2011, her presence a subtle reminder that Chesney's biggest new millennial hits have been slow songs. Despite this apparent strength, the singer doesn't spend much time in the slow lane on The Big Revival. Most of the record clips along at a brisk pace, often spending time churning out reliable arena-filling anthems, but the record sounds so open that even the deliberate numbers feel expansive. This shift in attitude is entirely reliant on Chesney and his longtime producer Buddy Cannon's decision to supplement their regular stable of songwriters -- Shane McAnally and Rodney Clawson each have multiple credits -- with a few new writers, just enough to give this record a bit of thematic freshness to complement its sound. Chesney remains a bit of a romantic with a fondness for drinking songs, but there are passing references to Bonnaroo and Burning Man while the lead single, "American Kids," offers a snapshot of how life is lived in 2014. These scattered allusions help Chesney seem like a modern man, even as he faces the start of his third decade as a country star, while the sly slickness The Big Revival also feels contemporary: far from chasing the bro-country wagon, Chesney overhauls his core strengths, winding up with his best record in years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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