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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.”

Kenny Chesney Returns

Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts Hits Oct. 27

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When the sound of the generators finally fell silent in his head, Kenny Chesney dug into his mountains of tapes and started listening. To the songs, to the band, but especially to No Shoes Nation, well over one million strong. And the more he listened, the more he realized his music – and the people it has attracted over the last decade – have indeed created a nation without borders or boundaries; in that moment he knew he wanted those people to know they were heard.

“When you’re on stage, in the rush of it all, it hits you so hard and so fast. You take it in, but you never really digest it,” explains the high-intensity songwriter/superstar from East Tennessee. “Once the noise in my head died down, I went in to relive some of those amazing nights I’d had with everyone in No Shoes Nation, and the more I listened, the more I wanted to hear. And the more I heard, the more I knew I needed to share these moments with all the citizens of what we call No Shoes Nation, so they could hear how freaking awesome they sound.”

Almost 10 years to the day from the first recording – a medley with Dave Matthews captured at the end of Chesney’s 2007 Flip Flop Summer Tour– Live in No Shoes Nation captures 29 performances from the last decade. Some hits, some surprises, some obscure jewels, some guests and some of the unabashed songs that have come to define coming of age in the flyover in the 21st century. Beyond the obvious joy that marks the 8-time Entertainer of the Year’s summer tours, you can hear the fervor for what Chesney created.

“I always say no matter how hard we hit that stage and hurl the music at them, No Shoes Nation has so much energy and so much heart, they come back at us even harder,” Chesney marvels. “But when you can sit and really listen, it’s shocking. They are so loud, so in the moment and put out so much awesomeness, it stopped me in my tracks – and reminded me why I feel most alive out there on that stage.”

Combing through 10 years of stadium shows, pop-up bar gigs, amphitheaters and the occasional beach takeover, Chesney listened to over a thousand hours of concerts in search of the definitive performances. More than wrangling a greatest hits with cheers, the manLos Angeles Times called “The People’s Superstar” sought to capture the spirit of his audience as much as document some of the most special moments in his touring life.

“So much has happened over the last 10 years,” Chesney marvels. “But the one thing that remained consistent, that’s been there no matter what, are the people of No Shoes Nation. They’ve always been why I do what I do, but listening to all these shows over the last several months, I realized they’re really the heartbeat to everything me and my road family do.”

“And the more I heard those voices singing, the energy and the power, the more I wanted everyone who’s ever come to our shows to hear it, too. Those moments when you’re so completely free are the greatest feeling in the world.”

With a track list being finalized and plans for 2018 being sorted out, the only sure thing is this: Live in No Shoes Nation arrives October 27. As Chesney says, “No Shoes Nation is more than a state of mind, it’s the place we all come together for the music, the fun and each other.”

“Set The Setlist”

Song Fact Friday “Come Over”

Love the Song Come Over by: Kenny Chesney? Then you will want to read the stories behind it…

  • The second single and opening track from Kenny Chesney’s Welcome to the Fishbowl album was written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. It was sent to Country radio on May 14, 2012.
  • Chesney explained the song’s meaning: “‘Come Over'” is about two people who are as broken as their relationship is, when they realize deep down that their time together has probably ran its course, but they aren’t really ready to emotionally or physically move on to something else,” he said. “They keep going back to each other because it’s familiar. It’s about emotionally feeling wanted in a moment, but it feels impossible to let anybody else fill that void. It’s a really sexy song with lyrics that are incredibly universal.”
  • The song’s video was filmed it off the coast of Florida and directed by Chesney’s longtime collaborator Shaun Silva. “‘Come Over’ is the most intimate journey I’ve captured of Kenny in the 10 years we’ve been making music videos together,” said the director. “It’s clear within the first five seconds of this video that Kenny is committed to his character in the video and was more than willing to open up to the vulnerabilities associated with this tortured love story. The music video was finished in black-and-white, delivering a strikingly timeless and cinematic result.”

    According to Chesney, this is a “classy booty call song,” and the video has the same concept. He explained to CMT News: “We’ve all been in those situations when we know we’re not going to [continue to] be with that person we have been with for a while. The relationship is over, done, run its course. But you aren’t really ready to move onto somebody else emotionally, mentally or physically. So what do we do? We ‘come over.’ (Holds hand up to ear), ‘I know you hate me and I hate you too … but come over! We don’t have to fix each other, so come over.’ We know we’re screwed up. So we took that situation and made the video. It’s a very sexy video.”

                          Chesney owns the the 86-foot Riva Domino speedboat that features in the video.

  • When the three songwriters first got together they didn’t really have the song title or its concept in mind. However, Osborne explained to Taste of Country that Hunt, “sort of had that phrasing on the verse,” so the trio “started jammin’ on that.” They, “talked about how it would be cool to have a song that kind of repeats the same chord progression throughout the whole song,” he continued, “but change the melodies around it. So we started messing around with that verse, and we still didn’t quite know what the hook was. It felt like the idea was these two people weren’t together, but couldn’t be apart.”

    When the trio got to the chorus, they fell onto the “I told you I wouldn’t call. I told you I wouldn’t care” lyric, which they felt would be a cool opening line. “It was very rare that we wrote that long without having a title,” said Osborne. “We got near the end of the chorus, and I think Shane said, ‘What if it was just like a simple title like ‘Come Over,’ about these two people who know each other well, and finally the guy says to come over? But what if we said it a bunch of times like he was pleading with her?’ Then we felt like we had something.”

    Osborne concluded that the song, “just organically fell out.” He added: “A lot of times you have an idea or you have a concept or a melody or some place that you start. All we really had was Sam’s phrasing of the verse, but we loved the vibe of it. We just thought, ‘Let’s play with it for a while.'”

  • The song took 11 weeks to climb to the top of the Country chart, giving Chesney his 24th #1 hit.
  • Speaking with Billboard magazine, Sam Hunt recalled. “When I bought a guitar after graduating high school, one of his (Chesney’s) songs was the first song I learned to play. It was a song called ‘What I Needed to Do’ and it was extra-special because I still have that same guitar and worked on ‘Come Over’ on that same guitar.”
  • This was the first big hit that Sam Hunt contributed towards. At the time he was experimenting with ways to mix more modern beats and tones with the narrative and wordplay that define the best country music. Some of the other songwriters were sceptical, but when Chesney recorded this tune and it topped the country chart, he sensed that he was on to something. Hunt told Billboard: “When we wrote that song a lot of people told us that it wasn’t a country song or that it couldn’t work in country music and to have somebody as big as Kenny Chesney endorse that style and get it out there to people, that was huge as far as moving forward with that sound that I was working on.
  • “I turned the TV off, to turn it on again

    Staring at the blades of the fan as it spins around
    Counting every crack, the clock is wide awake
    Talking to myself, anything to make a sound

    I told you I wouldn’t call, I told you I wouldn’t care
    But baby climbing the walls gets me nowhere
    I don’t think that I can take this bed getting any colder
    Come over, come over, come over, come over, come over

    You can say we’re done the way you always do
    It’s easier to lie to me than to yourself
    Forget about your friends, you know they’re gonna say
    We’re bad for each other, but we ain’t good for anyone else

    I told you I wouldn’t call, I told you I wouldn’t care
    But baby climbing the walls gets me nowhere
    I don’t think that I can take this bed getting any colder
    Come over, come over, come over, come over, come over

    We don’t have to miss each other, come over
    We don’t have to fix each other, come over
    We don’t have to say forever, come over
    You don’t have to stay forever, come over

    I told you I wouldn’t call, I told you I wouldn’t care
    But baby climbing the walls gets me nowhere
    I don’t think that I can take this bed getting any colder
    Come over, come over, come over, come over, come over

    Come over, come over, come over, come over, come over
    Come over, come over, come over, come over, come over



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