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Chesney goes for "Hemingway's Whiskey" in September

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 – Kenny Chesney will release his first full studio album in three years in late September.

"Hemingway's Whiskey" will drop Sept. 28 and comes after a much lighter year of touring. Nashville: When Kenny Chesney made the decision to not mount one of his high impact, NFL stadium-driven summer tours last August, it was in large part so that he could take the time he wanted to really enjoy the process of making a new studio record.

The new disc follows "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates." "Greatest Hits II," which had Out Last Night and Ain't Back Yet, the theme from his nationally-released Sony Motion Pictures "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D," was his last release.

"I knew I wanted the record to be something more, something that took what I do in my special projects and weaved it into what I do for the mainstream," Chesney said. "It takes a lot of energy and mental space to be on the road... and I kind of felt like - especially coming off of this second 'Greatest Hits' - this next record should be something that set the stage for the next phase of my music, the same way 'No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems' opened up the music I've made for the past eight years."

"I came to town to write songs, to make records, to create something that spoke about how I lived, and the people who I knew who were just like me and my friends lived. I'd like to think we've captured that, just like I'd like to think that we've all come to realize that life is a little more complicated than maybe we thought. It's still fun. It's still intense. It's still about friends and dreams and all kinds of things, but there's something more, too."

The title track was penned by Texas songwriter Guy Clark. "When I heard the song, I knew it was the perfect title for the record," Chesney said. "I was sitting in my truck and a friend had given me Guy's album, which had just come out - and it's a song that talks about living life to its fullest, being a man about your responsibilities and not compromising. As soon as I heard it, I knew I had to cut it... and call the album that... because it says everything about the way you live your life, and what life can be if you refuse to buy into limits, which - as someone who's read all his books - is everything Hemingway's novels revolved around."

"There's something about getting inside songs, finding the keys and working with these amazing Nashville musicians that inspire and reminds me not just what a privilege making music is, but how important great songs can be in all of our lives."

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