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Country - Released March 3, 2019 | Blue Chair Records

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Country - Released March 3, 2019 | Blue Chair Records

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Country - Released July 27, 2018 | Blue Chair Records - Warner Bros.

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There are major milestones during a singer’s career. For his first project with Blues Chair, Kenny Chesney penned a very personal album. Songs For The Saints works as a sort of testimony. In 2017, the popular country star’s house on Saint John Island was devastated by hurricane Irma. A difficult time, shared with other inhabitants, which he had to overcome. Coproduced by Buddy Cammon, the album honours three important figures for Chesney. Ziggy Marley joins him on Love for Love City. A love song for the city devastated by the disaster, coated in percussions reminiscent of island sounds. Then comes Jimmy Buffet’s turn on a more country-style ballad, Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season, and Mindy Smith on Better Boat… Chesney tries to evoke redeeming places that give a strong sense of freedom. Moving and sincere, he uses this album to grieve over these events with a pop, laid-back country music. But Songs For The Saints however isn’t a self-treatment project. Like he stresses on the first eponymous track, Chesney also sings to bring solace and support to other Irma victims. Deprived of pathos and sadness, this opus makes us want to sail towards new horizons, like the album cover unequivocally suggests. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Country - Released July 27, 2018 | Blue Chair Records - Warner Bros.

There are major milestones during a singer’s career. For his first project with Blues Chair, Kenny Chesney penned a very personal album. Songs For The Saints works as a sort of testimony. In 2017, the popular country star’s house on Saint John Island was devastated by hurricane Irma. A difficult time, shared with other inhabitants, which he had to overcome. Coproduced by Buddy Cammon, the album honours three important figures for Chesney. Ziggy Marley joins him on Love for Love City. A love song for the city devastated by the disaster, coated in percussions reminiscent of island sounds. Then comes Jimmy Buffet’s turn on a more country-style ballad, Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season, and Mindy Smith on Better Boat… Chesney tries to evoke redeeming places that give a strong sense of freedom. Moving and sincere, he uses this album to grieve over these events with a pop, laid-back country music. But Songs For The Saints however isn’t a self-treatment project. Like he stresses on the first eponymous track, Chesney also sings to bring solace and support to other Irma victims. Deprived of pathos and sadness, this opus makes us want to sail towards new horizons, like the album cover unequivocally suggests. © Anna Coluthe/Qobuz
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Country - Released July 13, 2018 | Blue Chair Records - Warner Bros.

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Country - Released June 29, 2018 | Blue Chair Records - Warner Bros.

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Country - Released June 1, 2018 | Blue Chair Records - Warner Bros.

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Country - Released April 6, 2018 | Blue Chair Records - Warner Bros.

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Country - Released October 27, 2017 | Blue Chair Records, LLC - Columbia Nashville

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Kenny Chesney treats his first-ever live album as a celebration, collecting 29 highlights recorded at some point over the 2010s. By casting such a wide net, Chesney has plenty of room for covers and cameos in addition to the hits, but it's also telling that Live in No Shoes Nation concentrates on all the music he's made following the release of 2001's Greatest Hits. Starting with 2001's No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, he's hit his sunny stride, specializing in mellow beach tunes, slightly sad ballads, drinking tunes, and arena anthems, all of which are featured on this double-disc set. If the crowd noise sometimes seems a bit heavy-handed, the roar underscores how Chesney entertains on a mass scale, and that's perhaps the one revelation of the record: based on this, calling his fan base a nation isn't much of an exaggeration. While Live in No Shoes Nation is quite slick in both its performance and production, part of its charm is that it's such a professional affair. Chesney may possess an unassuming voice and his songs, even the rocking ones, are laid-back, but he knows how to pump up a crowd. Maybe that's a reflection of their affection, maybe it's a testament to his craft, but what's evident from Live in No Shoes Nation is that Chesney has this connection with his fans, and it's also clear that he's developed a deep catalog in the 21st century. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released October 27, 2017 | Blue Chair Records, LLC - Columbia Nashville

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Country - Released April 28, 2017 | Blue Chair Records, LLC - Columbia Nashville

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Kenny Chesney initially planned his 17th studio album to be a set with the Mellencamp-esque title Some Town Somewhere, but as the album drew closer to its scheduled summer 2016 release, the singer/songwriter decided to revise the record, turning it into Cosmic Hallelujah. Some of the earlier album survives -- "Some Town Somewhere" opens up the second side -- but Cosmic Hallelujah is a decidedly different album than its predecessor, the 2014 set The Big Revival. Much of Cosmic Hallelujah pivots off of the big singalong "American Kids" -- the Shane McAnally co-write that was added to the album at the last minute -- and Chesney also uses the P!nk duet "Setting the World on Fire" as his lodestar, choosing to fill the album with rhythmically savvy country songs that could easily slide onto adult contemporary airwaves. More than that, Chesney chooses to load this album up with songs about the modern condition: "Noise" explicitly tackles the digital overload of the 21st century, while "Trip Around the Sun" opens up the album with a nod to climate change, and "Rich and Miserable" claims that "too much is never too much," an admission that materialism is a dead end. Perhaps Chesney is searching for meaning in his middle age, perhaps he's simply attempting to tap into the shifting zeitgeist -- certainly Cosmic Hallelujah takes the percolating country R&B of Sam Hunt into full account -- but the remarkable thing about the album is that it feels simultaneously restless and faithful, with music that stays true to his buoyant hits as it taps into the melancholy undercurrents that flow through his quiet albums. Cosmic Hallelujah veers toward happy but the subtext can be sad: Chesney recognizes the world is changing, so he does his best to hang on to the things that matter to him, while allowing himself to embrace over-saturated modernity. It seems like it'd be a tricky balance, but the nifty thing about Cosmic Hallelujah is that it plays as if it's a passion project: Chesney is determined to connect with his times without abandoning himself, and the result is one of his best records. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released April 28, 2017 | Blue Chair Records, LLC - Columbia Nashville

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Country - Released November 17, 2014 | Blue Chair Records, LLC - BNA Records

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Country - Released September 22, 2014 | Blue Chair Records, LLC - Columbia Nashville

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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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Country - Released June 19, 2012 | Blue Chair Records, LLC - Columbia Nashville

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Country - Released April 24, 2012 | Blue Chair Records, LLC - BNA Records

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Country - Released September 12, 2011 | BNA Records Label

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Country - Released September 28, 2010 | BNA Records Label

Good times have sunk into the marrow of Kenny Chesney’s bones, slowing down his metabolism, making him unlikely to kick up his tempos or turn up his amplifiers. Age slows you down but so do too many afternoons on the beach Chesney continues to romanticize, although not quite so much on 2010’s Hemingway’s Whiskey as he did on his last decade of records. Unlike its immediate predecessor, 2008’s Lucky Old Sun, Hemingway’s Whiskey isn’t simply lazy: it’s slow but it’s burnished and classy, not quite as literary as the Guy Clark title track might initially indicate, but surely handsome, its seamless weaving of guitars being the aural equivalent of high thread count sheets. By moving so slow, it seems assured the way only a work by a major star can, and if Chesney isn’t especially curious about expanding his horizons -- he doesn’t attempt anything new, he still dresses his Garth Brooks moves in guitars from U2, his history extends as far back as 1998, the year when George Jones originally recorded “Small Y’all” and he’s respectful enough to bring the Possum in for a duet -- he’s at least never sounds disinterested in his work. If anything, he’s a little too obsessive about his studio craft, polishing his hand-picked songs -- Chesney long ago ceding the writing spotlight to others, penning only one tune here, relying on such writers as Scotty Emerick, Deana Carter, Matraca Berg and David Lee Murphy -- so they all bear his same relaxed signature, winding up with an album that’s cohesive because it’s monochromatic. Then again, monochromatic can also be read as reliable, giving the people what they want and with Chesney, that’s an easy, relaxed good time…it’s just, now that he’s in his 40s, he makes records designed for a quiet weekend afternoon at home instead of a Friday night kegger. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released March 1, 2010 | BNA Records Label

Kenny Chesney had his first Greatest Hits at the dawn of the millennium, just as he was turning into the biggest country star in the U.S. He wound up dominating much of the decade with his easy, breezy Caribbean country, equal parts heartland rock and Jimmy Buffett beach music, and that domination is summarized on 2009's Greatest Hits II, a 15-track collection that contains only one new song in the opening "Out Last Night," an amiable day-after shuffle that doesn't rock like "Beer in Mexico" but is livelier than most cuts on the two albums that preceded this comp. Chesney's records from the last stretch of the decade were so suited for a lazy afternoon that they sometimes could border on listless, but this collection does a good job of disguising that sweet dullness, concentrating on the songs that made him a superstar: "Living in Fast Forward," "There Goes My Life," "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," and his duet with Uncle Kracker, "When the Sun Goes Down." Some of his full albums were rewarding in their own right, but none of them quite captures all of his easy charms like this fine hits collection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine