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Chesney headlines two 2010 fests

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 – Kenny Chesney may not be launching his typical stadium summer tour in 2010, but that doesn't mean he's going to be hanging in the islands all year. Chesney will headline Bama Jam and the Bayou Country Superfest next year, he announced Wednesday.

"I can't imagine a year not rocking the fans... not seeing those faces or hearing my songs sung back to me," Chesney said. "That is where I'm the most alive, and those people are such a big part of who I am and why I do this. To me, not being out there would be the worst thing I could imagine."

"I honestly don't think people realize how much work goes into one of our tours: I am looking at technical stuff that needs building in November...I am working on video in December and January...then we start rehearsals so we can get the kinks worked out of each system in January - as well as rehearsing the band, so we can troubleshoot how the tech stuff is incorporated without sacrificing the music, because in the end, that's what people come for."

"For us to be able to get out there and rock at a few of these festivals, it means we can do the big show people expect without having to put six months into getting ready for it. Me and the guys can come on out, play the songs as hard as possible and get to be part of everybody's summer... whether it's kicking it off at LSU's Tiger Stadium or getting June started at Bama Jam."

Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn and Keith Urban also will play the two-day Bayou Country Superfest on May 29-30, 2010. Swift and Urban join Kellie Pickler, David Nail and Gloriana at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, May 29. Chesney and Brooks & Dunn top a line-upon Sunday, May 30 with Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Justin Moore playing.

Tickets for the May 30th Bayou Country Superfest appearance, the June Bama Jam performance in Enterprise, Ala. and the rest of his scattered 2010 shows are and will be available at www.kennychesneyfanclub.com. Bama Jam is slated for June 3-5, but Chesney and the promoter have not specified which date he will play.

"A summer without my fans? I can't even imagine it," Chesney said. "They are the reason I do what I do... and while I'm working on this next record, working on some special projects we'll be talking about in the coming months and staying on top of NoShoesRadio, I don't want anyone to think I've gone to the house or could go a year without getting out on some big stages and making music."

"There's no way. And these two festivals are perfect. They're everything we try to do when we're out on our own tours: a good day, a lotta great music, a place for friends to come together and have fun. If we can do that, then I'd say I've maintained the connections that are so important to me."

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