Chesney closes out Country Thunder
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
– Kenny Chesney will close out the four-day Country Thunder Festival in Wisconsin in late July with Sugarland and Miranda Lambert among those appearing during the annual festival.
"Anyone who knows me knows I can't not play," said Chesney, who is not doing a full-fledged stadium tour next summer. "I need my fans... I need the music... and I need to get out there and feel that energy. While nobody realizes how much work goes into one of my shows - and that's the level of production that I think my fans deserve - that doesn't mean I don't believe my guys can pick and play with the best of 'em.
"I never intended not to play, I just needed to take my foot off the gas for a year when it comes to creating those huge shows, all the video and lights and staging and stuff. To me, this is taking it back to what my whole career has been built on: the music, the people who love it and coming together to rock as hard as we possibly can - no tricks, bells or whistles."
The line-up is:
Thursday, July 22nd
Eric Church, John Michael Montgomery and Sawyer Brown
Friday, July 23 (Music begins at 1 p.m.)
Trailer Choir, Randy Houser, Big Kenny, Williams & Ree, Jason Aldean and Sugarland
Saturday, July 24 (Music begins at 1 p.m.)
Gloriana, Collin Raye, Williams & Ree, Kevin Costner & Modern West and Miranda Lambert
Sunday, July 25th - (Music begins at 1 p.m.)
Jason Jones, David Nail, Luke Bryan, Jo Dee Messina, Willams & Ree, Billy Currington and Chesney
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