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Chesney: "Living in Fast Forward" again

Thursday, July 11, 2019 – Two years in the making, Kenny Chesney is reliving his concerts with a massive coffee table book, "Kenny Chesney: Living in Fast Forward."

With only 3,500 books being printed, Chesney will institute a lottery system to sell them to his fan club.

The 456-page book features 571 pictures by photographers Allister Ann, Jill Trunnell and Glen Rose, it spans his first days on the road, his emergence as a headliner, and now a stadium-sized act. The book also puts emphasis on Chesney's fans.

"This is a very special journey every year," Chesney said of touring, "and I am the only person who truly was able to capture it all, because I'm there when the stage is built, the buses pull in. Looking at all the pictures from Glen, Jill and Allister, I saw this amazing story - and I knew I wanted to do something that would still be here long after we were gone, and so I started to dream."

"I had no idea what I was getting into," he said. "Book design, printing tests, revising lay-outs, but I had a great creative director helping me - and photos that really captured the soul of all that this has been. When it started coming together and I saw what it could be, I wanted something more than just a book - and the designer not only knew where to go, but how to make this project something we could literally create right here in Tennessee."

The book is being offered directly to No Shoes Nation, Chesney's fan club. "This wasn't about how many could we sell or how far could we push it. It was giving those people on the journey something that honored what we've shared in a way very few things do. We have shared so much, and I wanted to make something that was as special as what's between these covers."

On Friday, members of No Shoes Nation will receive a special email explaining the process of how the books are being made available. Because of the limited number, a lottery will be in place - and alternates will also be selected. It was not clear how much the book would cost.

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