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For Kenny Chesney, the ACMs prove "unbelievable"

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 – For the third straight year, Kenny Chesney won the Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year award, but it's not being old hat for the superstar.

"It's a little unbelievable," said Chesney. "For a kid who just wanted to sing, just wanted to get to Nashville, just wanted to write good country songs, this is the kind of thing you don't ever dream about...but once you get a taste of it, it's something you wanna keep doing, because it says that you're not just giving your all, but that you're connecting with the fans in a way, that, well, is as intense as it can be."

It's been a good year for Chesney. He played to 1.3 million fans last year on his The Road and the Radio Tour and earned three multiple week number ones - "Summertime," "Livin' in Fast Forward" and his first solely-penned chart-topper "Beer in Mexico" - from his triple platinum and fourth consecutive all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums number 1, "The Road and the Radio."

Chesney also co-produced a bluegrass project on bandmate Tim Hensley and a song-driven album on the legendary Willie Nelson.

Chesney hits the road this summer with his Flip Flop Summer Tour - sponsored by Cruzan Rum - including six NFL stadiums in Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

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The gospel, per Kenny Chesney's pseudo-spiritually-titled album, "Cosmic Hallelujah," is that the world is too crazy to make any sense of, and the only logical response is to drink more alcohol. (So, don't be surprised if there are more arrests for public intoxication at the performer's upcoming concert dates). Nearly every song includes lines about drinking alcohol - and not merely for the taste. This content will please many of his hard-partying fans. »»»
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
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