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“Message From Connie And Michelle, Relief for St. John”

Living in Florida and seeing the devastation Irma is leaving in her path, It’s hard to believe we are about to see that wrath firsthand. We still can’t get over the destruction she has left on our beloved island of St. John. We say “our” island, because with over 14 visits between the two of us, we have made lasting friendships on that rock. We have truly felt the amazing LOVE of that beautiful island.  Many of the places that we have made so many memories at… are gone. There is a difference between the destruction on St. John and what we will endure here in Orlando in the next few days. We have resources, we are not a tiny little island! We know our local government will make sure we are taken care of in the end. The response time to help us will be much quicker and within a short time, we will recover. We simply can’t imagine the fear and anxiety that our friends are feeling right now on St. John. It will not compare to what we are about to experience with Irma. Kenny Chesney has always lead the No Shoes Nation to “Spread The Love”, so we encourage all of you to help them by donating to the Love For Love City Fund.  With all the love that St. John and it’s people given us, let’s give some of that love back to them so they can heal! We couldn’t be prouder to be members of this wonderful tribe of  people called the NO SHOES NATION than we are right now! 

Love to you all, Connie and Michelle

“These are people who live off the sea, who depend on it. They live right there, and it’s gone. Most everyone’s displaced. They are frightened, confused, and they don’t know where help is going to come from. Those lives have changed and will never be the same. Those small islands are hard to get to and they rely on each other to get through what life hands them. For all of them, though, they’ve been where I’ve leaned for emotional and creative support for fifteen years because they are so generous.”

~Kenny Chesney~

Kenny and his team have created a couple of  ways for us to donate to the official Love for Love City Foundation

 

 

‪”Kenny Chesney & Friends Lands Oct. 27‬”

For Immediate Release From Kenny Camp

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

Eric Church’s “When I See This Bar” Leads Live In No Shoes Nation’s Guests 

Nashville, Tenn. — “The thing about making Live in No Shoes Nation,” says 8-time Country Music Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney, “is beyond the songs, and the solos, and the raps, it’s really about friendship. That’s how I feel about all those people who’ve come out summer after summer, who’ve lived their lives through these songs, they’re my friends — and it’s how I feel about so many of the heroes and friends I’ve been able to make music with.”

“When I started listening to all the shows we’ve taped over the last 10 years, one thing that struck me is how many friends got up and shared the stage and their talent with me. People make so much of this about business, but to me, it’s about the people you get up and jam with, play songs and have fun. Like No Shoes Nation, the guests here are a massive part of it.”

With a handful of contemporary music’s biggest names, Chesney is well-reflected by the friends who join him on this 30-song set. Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Mac McAnally, Old Dominion, David Lee Murphy, Dave Matthews and Grace Potter are all part of Live in No Shoes Nation. Whether singing their own song, Chesney’s song or a cover, each stamps the moment with their personal style as well as reflecting Chesney’s singular kind of country.

Eric Church provides one of the set’s most riveting tracks, as he joins Chesney for Life On a Rock’s gritty “When I See This Bar.” Recorded live at Gillette Stadium, “When I See This Bar” celebrates that one bar where one lives, loves, finds their way and realizes life is made of the smallest moments which hold the largest truths. 

“Knowing Eric,” Chesney says, “I know that he’s lived every note of this song, the same way I did. Because it’s chasing your music through little local bars, hustling around where the people are right there – and you have to really work for it, that’s when you see how much music can mean. It drives you…”

“And all the people you meet just hanging out in places like that, well, that’s where the best friends are made. You know, they understand everything about who you are, and where you’ve been, and how you live. Eric gets that, and that’s why when he was out with us, it was always the greatest to have him come join us for ‘When I See This Bar’ every night. You can hear in his delivery, he understands — and he means it.”

Starting with a medley featuring Dave Matthews recorded on the final night of 2007’s Flip Flop Summer Tour, Live in No Shoes Nation represents 10 years of stadium shows, bar gigs, beach takeovers and stolen moments. Beyond his friends who appear, Chesney also offers seminal songs from Bruce Springsteen (“One Step Up”) and Guy Clark (“Hemingway’s Whiskey”).

“There’s a lot of love, a lot of heart and a lot of good times on this set,” Chesney says. “And it’s No Shoes Nation who really brings it all to life. When you hear the voices and the cheers, you understand how these relationships have been built to last.”

Live in No Shoes Nation will be released on Blue Chair Bay/Sony Nashville Oct. 27.

‪Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation = New Boston Record‬

For Immediate Release From Kenny Camp

August 26, 2017

Two Nights, 121,624 People & A Whole Lot of Music

 

Foxboro, MA: Taking 2017 off from his relentless summer touring schedule, Kenny Chesney knew he couldn’t skip Boston. Having become a tradition at Gillette Stadium, the home of the new England Patriots, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year agreed to play two summer-ending stadium shows in the place where No Shoes Nation was named. And what shows they were!

Adding seats four separate times, Chesney took the stage to 121,624 people over two nights with distinctly different set lists. Taking the stage on Friday to “Beer In Mexico,” Chesney clearly responded to the record-breaking crowd with a seven song streak that didn’t break its stride.

“I had waited all summer to get to these shows,” Chesney said Friday. “It takes a lot of focus to make records, but it’s the No Shoes Nation that feeds me. When we started listening to the tapes for the live record, it really struck me how much this music means – and how much the people who come out to these shows feed my soul. There are no words for it… beyond, just, ‘wow.’”

 Wearing a New England Patriots tank top, the crowd spent almost a minute chanting “Kenny! Kenny” following “American Kids.” Stunned by the response, the man The Los Angeles Times called “The People’s Superstar” led the crowd through an impromptu chorus before returning to the show. Whether an early classic like “Don’t Happen Twice” or “How Forever Feels,” album cut “Guitars, Tiki Bars & A Whole Lot of Love,” the stadium-lighting “Anything But Mine” or the brand new “All The Pretty Girls,” Chesney connected and took the crowd higher.

 The Boston Globe wrote, “on Friday he was particularly animated, whether boisterous or humbled. He raced around the stage to get a better look at those attendees who crowded into the general-admission ‘sandbar’ up-close; he gazed at the adulatory audience, who were more than ready to finish his verses and give him long ovations,” while The Providence Journal opined, “Chesney proved the ultimate showman and storyteller.”  Foxboro Patch headlined their coverage, “Kenny Chesney And Co. Put Substance Over Style.”

“Obviously, we’re not in stadium mode,” Chesney explained, “so we made the decision to really lean into the music, really put the focus there. We’d not gotten to play these songs – and these two shows were our tour end without the tour!”

On the second night, Chesney brought out his good friend Uncle Kracker for a four-song mini-set that included “When The Sun Goes Down,” “Follow Me,” “Midnight Rider/Cowboy” and “Drift Away.” He also introduced his mother to the crowd to resounding cheers. The emotional high point by far was when Chesney – before playing local favorite “Boston” – reminded the fans of the year prior’s cancer patient who’d not wanted to take her ball cap off, but ended up rubbing bare heads with the songwriter/superstar.

 Kelly Swanson emerged from the sandbar and thanked the No Shoes Nation for the strength and inspiration to carry her through her battle with cancer. She was reunited with Taylor Phelan, the young girl who ran onstage to give Swanson the football helmet Chesney had given her.

 This year’s shows – his 16th and 17th – bring No Shoes Nation’s ticket total to 968,612 since 2005. With her heart on his sleeve and his songs on the lips of New England, Chesney has made New England a second home.

 

Studio Deep for LIVE IN NO SHOES NATION, Kenny Dives into “Anything But Mine”

For Immediate Release from Kenny Camp
August 10, 2017

Hard at Work on Live In No Shoes Nation
Kenny Chesney Reflects on “Anything But Mine” & the Fans

 
Nashville, Tenn. – Kenny Chesney wasn’t intending to make a live album when he started recording his shows in 2007. He just knew there were so many special, magic nights and he wanted the tapes to remember them. And then when he finished his Spread the Love 2017 Tour, the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” decided to go back and listen to hear how these songs have evolved over the past 10 years.
 “Even more than the way the guys have found new spots inside the songs, the horns or the special guests,” Chesney marvels, “It was the sound of No Shoes Nation that really caught my ear. They were so loud, and they only got louder over the years. I guess I thought some of these songs would fade for people over time, but that wasn’t necessarily the case. Even more than that, hearing them really got me fired up. The energy No Shoes Nation brings is its own rocket fuel.”
 So, Kenny Chesney took those recordings into the studio and started really listening. The more he combed through the tapes, the more he knew his next project was going to be a live album –  something that captures not just the songs or the musicians, but the people who shared all those nights with the 8-time Entertainer of the Year.
 “In some cases, it was hard to decide,” says the songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee. “Every version of the song was better than the last one. I think I could’ve used so many different nights. ‘Anything But Mine’ was one of those songs: people were so hungry to sing it with us. At the end, we just let the whole song die – and let the audience take it. Some nights, I swear, they sound better than we do!
 “That’s the thing about these songs, to me. I may record them, and be on the radio with them, but night after night on that stage, No Shoes Nation shows me: those songs are theirs. They invest their life, and their loves, and their heartbreaks into what these songs are… And when they sing, ‘In the morning I’m leaving, making my way back to Cleveland…’ it could be anywhere. That’s not what matters; what matters is that summer love, the one they’ll never forget.”
 Working hard to create a document that reflects that passion has consumed a great deal of Chesney’s year off. Laughing, he admits, “If you want to really miss being out there, rocking, listen to ten years of the greatest fans in the world day-after-day.” Between listening, comparing, mixing, and sequencing, the guy the Los Angeles Times called “The People’s Superstar” has unearthed some obscure jewels, found some alternative versions, and caught some special moments with good friends that were only for the night.
 Whether its stadium shows, pop-up bar gigs, amphitheaters, or the occasional beach takeover, No Shoes Nation was there celebrating their lives in his songs. For Chesney, it was not letting the obvious choices overwhelm songs that have been fan-favorite album tracks and sentimental touchstones. Culled from over a thousand hours of concerts seeking definitive performances, Live in No Shoes Nation promises a no-holds-barred, once in a lifetime trek through the music that has made Chesney the only country artist in Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years.

 

World Premiere “All The Pretty Girls”

For Immediate Release From Kenny Camp
Wednesday, August 9
  Kenny Chesney’s Collegiate Directors
“All The Pretty Girls” Directed by Jessica Martinez with Will Renner
  
Short Pump, V.A. –  It took a week’s planning and two days of shooting, but Jessica Martinez with her co-director Will Renner conjured a video that reflected the random nature of meeting that special someone during college break for Kenny Chesney’s  “All The Pretty Girls” music video contest. The pair of Belmont University students created a clip that was marked both by innocence and what felt like authenticity of that kind of summer love for the winning entry.
  “We thought the first day was only going to be five hours,” says Motion Picture major Martinez, 19, of the shoot. “But when we got started, we found some more creative things to do. We ended up shooting for 10 hours, with an hour for lunch.”
 The time spent shows. Tracing a group of girls – actual friends – having a day, but running into some boys and needing some money, the viewer watches the relationship between the lead girl and one of the boys evolve through house parties, bonfires, car rides, hiking and creek jumping.
“Our vision was to capture the essence of a summer fling – just the feeling of freedom and having fun, not taking things too seriously,” Martinez says. “Because Will is from Virginia, he was able to get people he knows from high school (to be part of it), which made it really fun to shoot.”
 Martinez, who heard about the contest on the “Bobby Bones Show,” texted Renner with questions about editing software – and they decided to team up. Both have experience as PAs and low-tier jobs on student films, “but this was the first big project for both of us that was totally ours. It was such an incredible experience to do everything all the way from idea conception to editing.”
“It’s cool seeing this creativity from college kids,” Chesney said after viewing the clip. “They understood how to build a storyline and narrative, and they bring a fresh eye to these moments. (Their clip)’s really sweet, and just what this kind of song needed. I’m as thrilled to be part of Jessica’s college education as I am to have her – and Will’s – creativity be a part of this song.”
“All The Pretty Girls” will be World Premiered on CMT’s “Hot 20 Countdown” this Saturday, August 12. For film student Martinez and music business major Renner, it is the first step on a path that hopefully for her leads to directing films and for him owning his own production company. Chesney, who started playing for tips in college, understands the seeds of big dreams.
  “To create something at this level when you’re in college is a huge thing,” Chesney says. “In ‘the real world,’ this is the kind of accomplishment people look at. But I think what’s so great about their ‘All The Pretty Girls’ video is you can also see how they translate their hearts into the work. People will see this, and know what Jessica and Ryan are capable of.”
 Chesney’s been in creative mode, too. Live from No Shoes Nation, announced last week, surveys the best performances from a decade of shows across the country. Due October 27, it spans stadiums, amphitheaters, clubs, and surprise guests. As for “All The Pretty Girls,” it’s slamming at country radio and debuts next weekend on CMT.
  “I’d say the best part was when we rigged ourselves up to the outside of a car using rope and our rock climbing harness,” Martinez says. “We didn’t daydream about winning, but now that we’ve been told we won, it’s honestly surreal. We just wanted to create something awesome.”
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