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Chesney songwriters pay tribute

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 – A concert featuring songwriters who penned hits for Kenny Chesney will be held Thursday at the Hard Rock Café on Lower Broadway in Nashville. The event featuring Mac McAnally, Craig Wiseman, Neil Thrasher, Casey Beatherd, Brett James and Wendell Mobley is a benefit for Musicians on Call.

Chesney's No Shoes Radio goes live with the event at 7 p.m., an hour before McAnally (Down The Road, Back Where I Come From), Wiseman (The Good Stuff, Ain't Back Yet, Summertime), James (When The Sun Goes Down, Out Last Night), Thrasher (There Goes My Life, I Lost It), Mobley (There Goes My Life, How Forever Feels) and Beathard (Don't Blink, No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems) take the stage.

"There's a point where I just can't do everything," Chesney said. "The idea of a year off was to get a mental break...but then you have projects, be it the 3-D movie, making this record or something we'll be announcing shortly...and it's June, and you've not stopped for a second. I was joking that getting back out on tour next summer not only gets me back out with my fans, but I'll get some rest."

"But that doesn't mean I don't hate I'm not in town this week...and I'm honored that some of the best songwriters I've ever heard - and have had the pleasure to work with - agreed to get together for my fans and do something a little special. This is kinda like the way, when I'm lucky, I get to hear the songs, and they're gonna share it with all the fans - with the money going to Musicians on Call, which gets music to critically ill children who're too sick to even leave their beds."

Look for Jon Anthony and Tambo to be kicking off the event by broadcasting live on No Shoes Radio (www.noshoesradio.com) starting at 7 p.m. The internet only radio station will carry then entire event live, starting at 8 p.m.

Apparently some unannounced guests could show up. That could include Paul Overstreet (She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy), Scotty Emerick (Keys In The Conch Shell, Soul of a Sailor) and No Shoes Radio's own Mark Tamburino has co-written a pair of Chesney hits:I Go Back andI'm Alive.

"These guys have written hits for everyone," Chesney said, whose co-written David Nail's currentTurning Home and Rascal Flatts three week number one Take Me There beyond his own hits. "Tim (McGraw), Keith (Urban), Toby (Keith), the Flatts, Strait, Buffett, Gary Allen, Reba, Faith, you name it...It's not just my songs, but a whole lot of music - from the source - for anybody who loves songs."

Tickets are $10 at www.TicketAlternative.com. They will also be available at the Hard Rock on a first come, all gone basis.

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