Chesney racks up his 30th No. 1 single this week as his Get
Along reaches Billboard's country airplay summit after a
relatively quick 15-week ascent.
His first chart-topping song, She's Got It All, came in 1997. He
recently shared his 29th No. 1, Everything's Gonna Be Alright,
with David Lee Murphy.
Talk about playing to your base. No one does it better than Chesney, who
is in the middle of his Trip Around the Sun Tour, which just
made its way to Mercedes Benz Stadium in May.
handful of artists rises to stadium level even once, let alone
stretching it for more than a decade. The country superstar and
eight-time Entertainer of the Year has sustained that popularity
with high-energy performances, a crack band, just the proper amount
of exposure and a feel for the right songs at the right time.
Songs for the Saints releases July 27, and he's advanced his
17th album with the Top 10 country single, Get Along, that
serves to remind people that we're all in this together.
along while we can," he sings, "always give love the upper hand."
"It was the message that I needed to hear," he says in a phone interview
of the upbeat tune written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman
and Josh Osborne, "and I feel like my audience, it will
really touch them because we don't have to look too far to find
negative energy in the world. All you have to do is turn on your
computer or look at your phone - we all get these news feeds - and
if you watch enough TV, you'll have negativity running through your
body really quickly, whether you ask for it or not. That song is
about taking negative energy and turning it into positive energy and
having a sense of community and telling people you love them."
He's reconnecting with his fans after spending most of 2017 off the road,
save for the eight shows he and his band did "just to remind
ourselves we knew how to do it."
year didn't quite go as planned.
"We toured really hard in '15, really hard in '16, and I had the notion
to take 2017 to clear my head and be creative, and I was creative,
but it was an interesting way to do it. I spent all of last summer
in a studio going through 10 years of hard drives to make a 30-song
Official Music Video of
I just became addicted to finding the best tracks and the best
the songs on Live in No Shoes Nation - Save It for a
Rainy Day with Old Dominion - was recorded at his
concert in Pittsburgh on July 2, 2016. Soon after finishing his work
on that live album in 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean,
destroying his home in the Virgin Islands. He set up a foundation,
Love for Love City, to raise money for disaster relief and not only
delivered supplies to victims but also rounded up more than 250 lost
and abandoned pets to return to owners or put up for adoption.
"And," he says, "I started writing songs about that experience, and my
brain was on fire, full of creativity but also anxiety about what
happened to a place I love and a lot of people I love. That's an odd
way to create. [Songs for the Saints] is not about the
destruction of it all - it's about people's hearts and spirits and
just how resilient everyone is. It's not a laid-back, beachy record.
There's times where it's hard-driving. It's a very thoughtful
record, and there's a thread of hope to the whole thing."
In the stadiums, the strategy is to be relentlessly up-tempo.
taken a few ballads out because I just don't want to slow it down,"
he says. "I think we've done six stadium shows so far, and it's a
very driving, high-energy couple of hours."
Turning 50 in March hasn't slowed down the entertainer who seems to run a
half-marathon per show.
"No," he says, "I felt it getting ready for the year, but right now I'm
in better shape than ever. I work very hard to give the fans
everything that I have, and I feel like I'm in pretty good
show-shape right now."
"I think about all those people that come to one of those shows, it's an
investment in their day and in their time," he says. "I don't take
that lightly because I know they can be doing anything. It means a
lot to me and my road family. There's a lot of energy on stage this
year, and I think like any entertainer will tell you, the more
energy we give, the more you get back. And every time we play there
it's just really loud and really cool. I can't wait to play there
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(from Songs For
Chesney's 17th studio
album is, Songs for the
Saints."So much has
happened since I went off
the road in 2016," Chesney
says. "And all of it, in one
way or another, has ended up
on this record. It's special
to me because of what it
says -- to me, and for me --
about life, the world around
us, how fragile it all can
be and about somehow still
finding the best parts of
and moving towards
The title speaks to the
album's themes of refuge,
touching on "the places that
Chesney co-produced Songs
for the Saints
Buddy Cannon. The pair
have a long history of
working together: Cannon met
Chesney when the country
star was a budding young
songwriter and has
co-produced dozens of
Chesney's No. 1 hits.
"Get Along," the
lead-off single has already
reached the Top 5. Written
by Shane McAnally, Ross
Copperman and Josh
Osborne, the song is a
of hope that
encourages listeners to look
past their differences and
respect one another.
Chesney wrote or co-wrote
five of the 12 tracks.
Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Buffett
and Mindy Smith
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