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Chesney plays Vegas show on internet

Sunday, July 4, 2010 – Kenny Chesney just finished recording sessions for a new CD out in late September just prior to hitting Las Vegas this weekend for several shows.

Chesney rolled into his second night of his two-night stand at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's The Joint in Las Vegas, playing old favorites, obscure requests while beaming the show out the first night on his Internet only No Shoes Radio (www.NoShoesRadio.com).

"There is a feeling you get when you know you've got it," Chesney said of the upcoming record, his first true studio project since 2008's "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates." "We knew after the first weekend at the Joint, we wanted to broadcast live again - especially for all the fans who might not be able to afford to get to Vegas, because we're not getting to their towns this summer - but I also wanted to find a way to sort of all the music that led me to the point of this record."

Chesney leaned into former set pieces like How Forever Feels and Don't Happen Twice, as well as pulling out the rarely played "Boston" and requests the second night for The Coast of Somewhere Beautiful and Key Lime Pie.

"Hemingway's Whiskey" will be out Sept. 28. "Wrapping up my record made me think about all the songs I've sung, the music that's been made...and you know, you get into that place where you know there are songs people want to hear you just don't get to play. What better place to do something like that than the Joint? After all, it's really a loose show...without having to hit all the light cues and the video that's been shot."

"I mean, we've done a lot of video for this year, an especially cool piece for 'Live Those Songs Again' with a lot of classic Summer of Love concert posters. Bu there's also room to just play...and not feel like you're losing the momentum. The people it seems come to hear the band, the songs and maybe see a more relaxed night of music...I tell more stories. We pull stuff out of the crowd. It's a different vibe, but it's a really good one."

Chesney also in the final stages of work on "The Boys of Fall," his 18-month in the making documentary about high school football and its impact on the people who play it.

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